The band was formed in the year 2000 after a discussion between campus leaders at that year's Commencement. C. Michael Webster, Vice Chancellor of Administration & Kyle Hoffman, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Alumni & Constituent Relations observed the overwhelming crowd response to the pipers who performed for graduation. Previously, pipers had been hired from other bands to perform at this and other events. With the move to Divsion I athletics, UCR needed its own pipers and others who could carry on the traditions of the campus while also serving as representatives of UCR at community activities. Thus the concept of a pipe band at UCR was born. Mike Terry responded to the challenge and brought together a group of talented musicians from all over Southern California to form the charter-member group of the University of California, Riverside Pipe Band.
During this early time in the band's history, the goals and mission of the band were established along with the development of a drum section.
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