Originally known as the Brockville Highland Pipe Band
On August 12, 1931, Tommy Marshall, Don Fraser, John Kinghorn
, and others met to form a pipe band in Brockville. Marshall was chosen as Pipe Major of the new Brockville Highland Pipe Band
In 1934, uniforms were purchased from R.G. Laurie Co. in Glasgow[,] Scotland and the 'Royal Stewart' tartan was selected for the kilts.
P/M Tommy Marshall
was born in Lanarkshire[,] Scotland in 1901. He played pipes with the 6th Cameronian Scottish Rifles
from 1926 to 1930, then emigrated from Hamilton, Scotland, with his wife Elizabeth (Morrison).
During W.W.II at least seven band members enlisted. Marshall became Pipe Major with the Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders
. He was commanded to play for Queen Elizabeth and King George VI.
After the war, Marshall remained as Pipe Major with the Brockville Pipe Band until his death in 1961. His pipes were donated to the Brockville Museum.
From 1989 to 2009, Ken Larocque
was Pipe Major, followed by Steward Nimmo
, to lead the newly named Brockville Pipes & Drums
The band was inducted into the Brockville Performing Arts Hall of Fame
in 2010 and performs regularly on both sides of the Canada/U.S. border.
[Photo captions, chronologically, read]
(rear) Jack Milligan, John Kinghorn,
George Quirmbach, Jim Kempt, and Bob McVey.
(front) Tommy Marshall, Bill Ente[?], Bill Wetherell, Stewart McVey (age 15), Jack Brodie, Jack Phillips, and Don Fraser
Wearing their new Royal Stewart tartan uniforms from Scotland.
(rear) Bob McVey, George Beley, Lochlan MacDonald, Trevor Paquin, Eric Baud, Ambrose McDonald, and David Davidson.
(front) P/M Tommy Marshall, Lawrence Harper, Lorne Harper, Dick Robinson, Jack Phillips, and John Kinghorn.
Marching at the Spencerville Fair in 2011.
80 years of parading.
In Front of the Brockville Court House - Sept. 2015
(rear) - P/M Stewart Nimmo, Rob MacNaull, Terry Covey, Larry Fitzpatrick, Brian Porter, and Ian Stewart.
(front) - Andrea Jackson, Bob Skelhorne, Scott Fraser, Peter Rowlands, Donna Skelhorne, Chris Grill, Tony Vavra, John Taylor, Pat Matthews, Rick Leroux, Tim Ray, David Hain, and Alistair Burnett.