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Located in Fergus, Ontario, Canada. Celebrating our 75th Anniversary in 2002. Our MacKenzie tartan was the regimental tartan of the Seaforth Highlanders and was brought to the band by its founders who were members of the regiment.

The official year of the founding of the Fergus Pipe Band is 1927. Sources of information for this brief account include newspaper articles, but particularily helpful have been contributions from former band members. In the formative years, J.W. (Jack) MacDonald served as piping instructor and acting pipe major, and J.W. Henderson Sr. was drumming instructor. Beginning in 1930, Thos. Patterson, formerly with the Guelph Pipe Band, assumed the position of pipe major. Thos. MacDonald, an experienced drummer with highland regiments and a World War I veteran, took over the duties of drumming instructor. Funds were needed for the purchase of uniforms and initially the band paraded in 'civies'. Two of the founding members had served with the Seaforth Highlanders in the first World War. They adopted the MacKenzie tartan that was worn by the Seaforth Highlanders, and the band continues to wear the tartan today. Merchant James Russell (now James Russell & Sons Ltd.) provided the lumber and the site for members of the Pipe Band to run a refreshment stand in Fergus to raise these funds. Thanks to this venture and the generosity of the local citizens, the funds were raised. The first parade in full uniform took place in June 1931 when the band led the I.O.O.F. church parade in Fergus. By 1932, the Fergus Pipe Band was competeing successfully in local competitions in Ontario. For decades, the Fergus Pipe Band has enjoyed a solid reputation as a street band. The band has participated in parades both locally in Ontario and elsewhere, including performance in the U.S.A. Since the first Highland Games in Fergus in 1946, the band has been part of the program. Highlights over the years have included parading in Maple Leaf Gardens in the 1950's; participating in Warrior's Day parades at the C.N.E.; participating annually in Remembrance Day and Church Parades in Elora, Salem and Fergus, and participating in competitions in Detroit, Michigan, Barrie, Orillia, Hanover and Fergus. The support provided by the community and the Fergus Legion (Br. #275) has been an important factor in accounting for the success of the band. As with any organization, the band has periodically had years where pipers and/or drummers were inshort supply. We are particularily indebted to those who continued to participate and provide financial and moral support sduring those times. For example, including his years serving overseas in the Second World War, Jim Mackenzie piped in the band for 50 years! Thanks to an active recruiting program, the band has enjoyed a resurgance in membership over the past number of years and now is able to provide a very large band for street parades and competition bands in both grades 4 & 5. The Grade 5 band had a successful competion season in 2003 winning first prize at the Fergus Highland Games and being awarded the Pipers' and Pipe Band Society of Ontario's Grade 5 Championship Supreme. PIPE MAJORS (1927-2004) J.W. (Jack) Macdonald - piping instructor and acting Pipe Major Thos. Patterson - 1930-1938 Percy Gibson - (1938-1942) (1946-1957) (1970-1978) Walter (Scotty) Henderson (1942-1946) (1957-1970) Jim Mackenzie 1978-1984 Robert Dewar 1984-1997 Sam Harrop 1997-1999 Pat Martin 1999-2000 Scott B. Davidson 2000-2004 Sean Geddes 2004-present -

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