South Alberta Pipes and Drums
Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada
2017-09-19

NEWS

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Havre Left Standing

As usual, the band participated in Festival Days down in Havre, Montana. The fact that we are treated like rock stars and get free beer has absolutely nothing to do with it. It's always a good event and the band enjoys performing for the local citizens. It was cool and damp but that doesn't stop us!!

Pipers and Drummers Come and Go

Change in band membership is inevitable. We welcomed both Duncan Scott, piper from Innisfail band, and Bob Palmer, drummer from Winnipeg and Ontario, into the band. Both contributed and have now for personal reasons moved on. We wish them well and look forward to their replacements. You did organize that, right guys????

New Piper Welcomed

John McIntyre joined the band as a piper early in the new year (2016). John hales from New Brunswick but was most recently located in P.E.I. where he played with the College of Piping band. John is a very welcome addition to our ranks!

Drummers Come and Drummers Go

Fall 2015 has brought a number of changes to our drum section. Seamus Good (Tenor) retired (again!) to head off to school, Steve Dawe (snare) has retired after many years in the band and Dave Sherwood (Bass) has retired from bass drumming for the second time (first was in Prince George). In addition, snare drummer Grayson Taylor is attending college in Lethbridge but has been making the odd practice and playing gigs as much as he can. Our new Bass Drummer Tyler Wallace comes to us from Lethbridge where he played Tenor and Snare with the Legion Pipe Band there.

Old Traditions, Old Members

We are starting 2014 fall season with some old faces: Seamus Good (Tenor) and Ruby Brydges (Snare) have both rejoined the band, bringing our drum section up to four snares, three tenors and a bass.

Despite the controversy of the seized bagpipes at the U.S. border and attendant publicity due to the ivory issue, we carried on with our annual international tour. Havre MT was a little surprised to see us but we received our usual good reception as we played in the parade, at the mall, at the Timber Creek Seniors Residence as well as some of the local watering holes. A good time was had by all....

Band after Medicine Hat Stampede Parade 2012

Band After MH Stampede Parade

A little warm but happy after the Medicine Hat Stampede Parade in our Centennial Year.

Farewell to the Drum Sarge

At out Friday, 21 July, practice, held at Don's place in conjunction with a BBQ to honour last night of freedom for former band drummer Cam Girling, we presented outgoing Drum Sergeant Ruby Brydges with a memory photo and wished her well in her new Ottawa posting. Our loss, Ottawa's gain, but seems unfair! Bon voyage and good luck Ruby, Grayson will try to look after the drum!

Centennial Concert at Medalta

On 26 May 2012, the South Alberta Pipes and Drums was invited to join the bands of the Medicine Hat Concert Band Society in a celtic celebration concert held at the Medalta Potteries historic site. Both bands performed individually and joined together to perform Amazing Grace, Green Hills, Scotland the Brave and I'm No Awa' tae Bide Awa', and for the grand finale, Highland Cathedral. We played to a standing room only audience with some being turned away at the door. A social followed for members of both bands.

New Band Members

In 2012, we have added two new band members, side drummer Grayson Taylor and piper Tarra White. They have joined us for our recent gigs and have brought the average age of the band down a notch or two! As well, we have a former member, Seamus Good on tenor, with us for our summer gigs. Seamus has been playing with a band in the Vermilion area during the college year. On the other hand, we are sad to lose our Drum Sergeant, Ruby Brydges, who has been posted to Ottawa in her role as Major in the Canadian Armed Forces. Look out Ottawa!

Band Centennial Year Starts with Council Presentation

On Monday, 16 January 2012, the Band piped Medicine Hat City Council in chambers to start their meeting. A brief powerpoint on band history was followed by a special drone banner presentation by Mayor Norm Boucher, sponsored by the Burns Club of Medicine Hat.

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