The band was formed in 1903, and currently operates as a Reserve Unit of the Canadian Armed Forces. The uniform is styled after its British Parent Unit, including the wearing of the Government Tartan (3commonly known as the Black Watch), with the distinctive Box Pleats. There are currently over 22 Pipers and 12 drummers, most of which are active members of the CAF Reserve, but also includes volunteer members. The band charges a Parade Fee of $800 Cdn (3+ expenses depending on travel, etc). A full stage or arena Performance Fee is negotiable depending on type of concert, Tattoo, etc. Performances can include the Pipes&Drums, Highland Dancers, Folk Singers and Support Staff. The band schedule usually includes over 60 Performances and Parades per year, but does not currently compete on a regular basis. Piping and Drumming instruction is provided to people interested in joining the band. An Historical Perspective, Based on the article by LCol J.F. Dinsmore CD Scots have always played a significant role in the history of Canada. Some of the soldiers serving in the Highland regiments stayed to take up land. Since then Highland regiments have become a distinctive and important part of the Canadian military tradition. This tradition is well established in the city of Hamilton, Ontario. Many of Hamilton's leading citizens were Scots and there were strong demands for the formation of a kilted military unit in the city. A Highland Rifle Company was created in 1856. This was eleven years before Canada became an independent country. Scottish societies and clan organizations mobilized support for a full regiment and The 91st Regiment Canadian Highlanders were formed in 1903. Two years later it started an affiliated with the Scottish Regiment holding the same number. At this point the Canadian Regiment adopted and except the cap badge, and full highland dress of the parent Regiment. After a succession of name changes, in 1920 the unit became the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada (3Princess Louise's). Peace has always been the more prevalent force than war in Canada's history. Nonetheless, the A&SH of C participated actively in the two world wars. They raised over 5,000 men for service in the numbered battalions of the First World War and mobilizing a 1st Battalion for overseas service in WW2. The 1st Battalion, under the command of LtCol J. David Stewart, enjoyed a brilliant and unorthodox, success in its first major action -- HILL 195 on the road to Falaise. In spite of bitter fighting through France, Belgium, Holland and the Hochwald Forest, the history of the 1st Battalion is a history of success. Following the surrender in May 1945, the 1st Battalion were ordered to occupy Berlin with the 7th British Armoured Division.