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December 1, 2014

The Winnipeg Collection | By one of our own members

Well done Nathan Mitchell on the launch of his book "The Winnipeg Collection". This wonderful book showcases 29 different composers from 7 different countries!   Cost is only $20, with all proceeds directed to the Canadian Mental Health Association. Please click here to buy your own today!

Cheers,
The WPPB




August 18, 2014

A New Bagpipe Chanter | By one of our own members

Congratulations to our own Kyle Campbell, inventor of the revolutionary Campbell Tunable Chanter! This chanter may change the face of piping forever.



Cheers,
The WPPB

 

November 26, 2013

LIFE OF THE PARTY | A New CD By The WPPB

We are thrilled to announce that our brand new CD "LIFE OF THE PARTY" was launched this past weekend in Regina as part of the Winnipeg Police Pipe Band's "GREY CUP 101" Tour. The new CD was recorded in Toronto in November 2012 during the 100th Grey Cup and is dedicated to all the great CFL fans we've met and friends we've made at the Grey Cup over the last 50 years!  The CD is available now. Please email us to order your own copy.

Thank you for your support everyone!

Cheers,
The WPPB

 

 

November 15, 2013

Taking The Stage With Sir Paul McCartney

The WPPB had never performed in front of an audience so large. A crowd of 31,200 people cheered and sang along when Paul McCartney began to strum the first notes to the "Mull of Kintyre", then as the band began filing on stage, the crowd went into a frenzy and cheered even louder! It should be mentioned that our performance was a complete suprise to the audience - so no doubt it was a welcome one.

What a thrill it was to take the stage with Sir Paul McCartney! It's hard to imagine that the former Beetle is 71 years old considering he played for over three hours straight.

Cheers,
The WPPB

 

 

 

February 26, 2013

A New Era Has Begun

February 16, 2013 marked the return to the competition stage for The Winnipeg Police Pipe Band.  After decades of performances and parades around the continent, the band has developed a Grade 3 Competition Band for those members who choose to participate.  The first outing at the Winnipeg Scottish Festival was very successful with 1st places across the board, winning the Slow March 6/8, the MSR and the Medley contests.  As well, the band earned Best Drum Corps, Best Band Bass Drummer and Dress and Deportment awards.  Previous competition experience varied throughout the group; for some, it was their first time in the circle, and for others, the absence ranged from 1 year to 20 years and more.  While it would be safe to say that there was some nervousness before they stepped off, the band looked every bit the part in their debut performance.  Here’s to continued success both on and off the field!

Cheers,
The WPPB

 

 

 

February 20, 2013

World Famous Winnepeg Police Pipe Band

I was digging through old images of the Winnipeg Police Pipe Band last week and came across this nice shot of the Band playing in a parade in downtown Minneapolis. It's interesting how pictures really define a moment. You'll notice that our sponsor for the parade was the Northwest Kaiser Dealers. The Kaiser cars were beautiful, but they don't exist anymore.

Now you might have also questioned why I spelled the name of our city incorrectly in this title, but if you look closely at the image, you will also see that's just how it was spelled back in the day. If you have any old pictures of the band, please be sure to email them to us so we can post them right here!

Cheers,
The WPPB

 

 

 

November 29, 2012

100 Years Of CFL Grey Cup Celebration

We wouldn't have missed it for anything! The 100th annual Grey Cup - that is. Our band has been making the trip out to the Grey Cup celebrations since 1961. Our goal is simple, entertain people in every Grey Cup city while representing the fine city of Winnipeg. This year, Toronto put on one heck of a great show and we were glad to take part. Hope to see you out there next year.

Cheers,
The WPPB

 

 

 

November 24, 2012

Recording A Few Tunes In Toronto

A friend of the Band who has a beautiful recording studio (Revolution Recording) in Toronto generously offered us time in his facility since we were already planning to be there for the Grey Cup celebrations. Although it would have been nice to include the full band, some members opted out of the 7:00am start time considering their late evening the night before. Regardless, a handful of pipers and drummers headed down to the studio early in the morning to meet the recording staff and get warmed up. Here's a shot of the group while running through warm-up tunes.

The cool part of the story...we were fortunate enought to be in the studio only days after Neal Peart (from the band Rush) graced the facility!

Hopefully we'll have this special recording released for you to hear very soon.

Cheers,
The WPPB

 

 

 

September 8, 2012

Selkirk Settlers Bicentenary

One of our members plays at the bicentenary of the Selkirk Settlers in Manitoba. The Selkirk Settlers laid the way for Scottish and other European immigrants to settle and farm in Manitoba. Previous to Lork Selkirk's support, the prairies of Western Canada were seen as barren grassland. The two rivers that met in the center of now what's considered Winnipeg were critical trading and transportation points. Now, 200 years after Lord Selkirk's Settlers turned the land for the first time, we celebrate.

Cheers,
The WPPB

 

 

 

April 30, 2012

Virginia International Tattoo

Here's a cool shot of our band along with the Royal Scotts on the deck of the USS Wisconsin in Norfolk, Virginia. We were fortunate to have taken part in the 2012 Virginia International Tattoo along with many other pipe bands, military bands, dancers and other magnificent entertainers.

Cheers,
The WPPB

 

 

 

April 28, 2012

Visit To NASA

Here's a shot of our band outside of the NASA facilities in Virginia. We were so lucky to have met a contact who lined up a performace right on the base!

Cheers,
The WPPB

 

 

 

July 23, 2010

Honouring a Stanley Cup Victor | Jonathan Toews

Few times can one say that they have had the experience in meeting a celebrity. Our band on the other hand can say that they not only met him, but piped at his parade! Here's a nice little shot of the band with recent Stanley Cup champion, Jonathan Toews.

Cheers,
The WPPB

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