The BC Highland Games is a competition, to determine the best musician, dancer, athlete or band. It's "BC's Got Talent" on the pipes, in dance, in caber tossing and camaraderie. The bagpipe, highland dance and heavy event competitions (the caber tosser's) are among the most demanding pursuits in the world. And in this tough world, winning is the goal. Surrounding this competitive core is a festival only the Scots can put on, welcoming everyone, from Bhangra dancers to performance pipe bands . In 2017, those performance bands are:
Delta Police Pipe Band
The Delta Police Pipe Band was formed in 1971 by members of the Delta Police Department in Delta, BC. Since the Band's inception, it has grown to its present strength of 33 pipers and 20 drummers. The band uniform is complemented by the Ancient Smith Tartan, worn in honour of the Band's co-founder, the late Chief Constable M.W.Smith. The band proudly represents the Delta Police Department and the Corporation of Delta, at home and around the world.
RCMP E. Division Pipe Band
Based in Greater Vancouver, British Columbia, the RCMP "E" Division Pipe Band under the leadership of Pipe Major Hugh Peden, was formed in April, 2006, and is the newest of the seven RCMP Pipe Bands currently active in Canada. The band is comprised of both active and retired RCMP members and civilian volunteers from throughout BC, who have come together to share and showcase their musical talent, and to bring the community closer to its national police force. The band strives for a high musical performance, and attracts a number of former competitive pipers and drummers from Grade III to Grade I. Band members have participated in the Edinburgh Tattoo, the Vernon Tattoo, and in 2016 completed an anniversary trip to Beijing, China to celebrate the band’s 20th year. The band’s first CD, “Live in Langley” was recorded in concert with the Vancouver Welsh Men’s Choir in October, 2011.
Cedar Hills Caledonian Pipe Band
The Cedar Hills Caledonian Pipe Band from Surrey, BC is celebrating its 15th season as a performance band. The band is led by Pipe Major Garth Newlands and Lead Drummer Robert Millar. The Band is proud to be presenting players who have taken up the pipes and drums less than four-years ago. The band has performed at a variety of Lower Mainland events including Surrey’s Fusion Fest, Canada Day ceremonies in Cloverdale, the Veterans Salute at BC Place and Remembrance Day ceremonies at the Whalley Legion. The Band plans to visit Scotland in 2020 to compete at the Worlds as a Grade 4B band. The Band practices on Thursday evenings throughout the year.
Greater Vancouver Cadet Military Band
The Greater Vancouver Cadet Military Band is a 35-piece ensemble consisting of the top cadet military band musicians from across Metro Vancouver. Representing the 54 Sea, Army & Air Cadet corps and squadrons spread throughout the Lower Mainland, this ensemble is well-versed in all genres of music including funk, rock, jazz & traditional music. The ensemble is under the joint direction of Capt Jonathan Mok & Lt Brian Hwang, the Drum Major is Warrant Officer Second Class Kira Yoon from 111 Pegasus Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron in Vancouver.
The Greater Vancouver Cadet Pipes & Drums
The 2893 Seaforth Highlanders of Canada Army Cadet Corps has been serving the Tri-City area for more than 40-years. The Corps provides youth ages 12 to 18 with a great place to meet new friends, have fun and learn new skills! The award-winning Greater Vancouver Cadet Pipes & Drums has been one of the Corps’ great asset throughout the years and continues to do so with the support offered by the Seaforth Highlanders Regiment of Canada.