The Kalamalka Highlanders Pipe Band celebrated their 20th anniversary in 2004.
Growing from a group comprised of members of the old McIntosh Girl's Pipe Band and founding Pipe Major Reg Scott, many new players joined over the years bringing talent and enthusiasm. There are now 27 playing members and 11 piping and drumming students. In September 2004, Reg handed over the reins to Pipe Major Don MacLeod. Don is building on solid foundations, and exploring new directions.
The KHPB is a registered society and outfits its members primarily through various fundraising efforts. As an active supporter of community events, the band has received welcome contributions from the Army, and Navy and Air Force veterans (ANAF), the Royal Canadian Legion, and private donors. The band wears the district tartan Portree of Skye, with burgundy Prince Charlie jackets and Glengarry bonnets.
A typical year sees the band playing at over 20 community functions, from Burns Night, through the Vernon Winter Carnival Parade, the National Seniors Curling Championships, the Falkland Stampede, Lumby Days, Canada Day in the park, to D Day and Battle of Britain commemoration ceremonies. The KHPB is proud to be a regular part of Remembrance Day Ceremonies, with the main band playing in Vernon, and individuals playing in Lumby and at school ceremonies around the area. The band supports charitable fundraisers including Run for the Cure, Do It for Dad, Relay for Life, and the Rick Hanson Run. The annual Christmas Pub Crawl raises money for Santa's Anonymous.
The band sends groups or individuals to competitions at the Okanagan Mini Meets, Penticton Highland Games, Cariboo Highland Games, Canmore Highland Games, Lower Mainland Mini Meet and Victoria Highland Games.
The Kalamalka Highlanders have been an active member of the Kelvern Celtic Society since its inception. -
Created: 09/24/2005 ::
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