Historically, a "games day" was held within each Scottish highland clan to establish the strongest and ablest men in strength, music and dance. The Chieftain, as head of the clan, held a position of honour at the gathering.
In keeping with this tradition, highland games today invite a leader in the community to act as our "Chieftain" of the day. In recognition of this honour, during the massed pipe band performance, the assembled pipers and drummers play the tune Highland Laddie in recognition of the 2016 Chieftain of the Day. (The video link is the highland games in Pleasanton, California.)
The Chieftain of the Day for 2017 has yet to be announced.
In 2016, we were honoured to have as Chieftain of the Day.....
A native of Glasgow, Scotland Stuart arrived in the Vancouver area in 1974. He was honoured to serve as Chieftain of the BC Highland Games where he has played for dancing for more than 35-years. As a member of the Vancouver Police Pipe Band, Stuart has travelled to many parts of the globe including Japan, Germany, and Scotland where he twice participated in the Edinburgh Tattoo. He has played for highland dancers for many years at games and championships both in the United States and Canada, including Inter-provincial Championships in British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba and in 2005 for the United States Inter-Regional Championships. In 2004, 2005 and 2006 he piped for dancing at the World Highland Dancing Championships at the Cowal Highland Games in Dunoon, Scotland. His commitment to providing music of quality for dancing has smoothed the way for many dancers of all ability levels to give their best performances and to practice their art with joy. It was an honour to have Stuart as our Chieftain of the Day in 2016.