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78th Highlanders (Halifax Citadel) Pipe Band

78th Highlanders (Halifax Citadel) Pipe Band
Established 1983 (1983)
Location Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Grade 1
Pipe Major Alex Gandy
Drum Sergeant Dave Danskin
Tartan Mackenzie
Notable Honours

1st place, North American Pipe Band Championships: 2003

13th place, World Pipe Band Championships: 2005
Website

The 78th Highlanders (Halifax Citadel) Pipe Band is a grade one pipe band formed in 1983[1] in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

They work in conjunction with a re-enactor troop for the 78th (Highlanders) Regiment of Foot, the regiment that spent almost three years stationed at Citadel Hill (Fort George) (1869-1871). When the 78th Highlanders were in Halifax they had 21 drummers and 6 pipers.[2] Today there are approximately 60 pipers and drummers.

Pipe Major of the original Regiment Alexander McKellar wrote many compositions including the 78th's Farewell to Belgaum, Burning of the Piper's Hut, Highland Brigade's March to Lucknow and The Barren Rocks of Aden - the latter often being attributed to others. "...[N]ot a note in it but what was composed by me. The air is mine. The name is mine. Who has a better right to give a name to a child but the father," replied McKellar when asked about its origin.[3]

The band played the song "See Video).

The band's Pipe Major is Alex Gandy; lead drummer is Dave Danskin.

See also

References

Endnotes

Texts

  • CWO (Ret`d) Jack Kopstein CD ` When the Band Begins to Play: A History of Military Music in Canada (1992).
  • CWO (Ret`d) Jack Kopstein CD & Ian Pearson `The Heritage of Military Music in Canada` (St. Catharines, Ont.: Vanwell Pub., 2002)
  • CWO (Ret`d) Jack Kopstein CD & Ian Pearson `The History of the Marches in Canada: Regimental/Branch/Corps` (Hignell Printing Ltd, 1994).

External links

  • 78th Highlanders (Halifax Citadel) Pipes & Drums
  • Halifax Citadel Regimental Association


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