Highlanders) Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps
Pipes and Drums
|The 2137 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps
traces its roots back to 1943, and during its early history operated both bugle and pipe
In 1985, the decision to revive the Cadet Pipes and Drums was made, and the first musicians were inducted in November 1985. The chief instructor was Pipe Major Robert Henderson of the Regimental Pipes and Drums, with the Band Officer's duties being taken by Chief Warrant Officer Harry Brown, CD, former Pipe Major of the Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada.
The five prospective pipers and three drummers were enthusiastic, and in the summer of 1986 six members attend the first ever National Cadet School of Pipes and Drums at Ipperwash, Ontario. The cadets were able to return to the Corps as fully functioning musicians.
|In September of 1986, the Corps could thus
boast a fully active pipe band, and Tuesday night tutorials were replaced by Saturday
morning band practices. The band grew to 15 members over the course of the training
year and were able to give independent performances. The Cadet pipe band combined
with the Regimental pipe band for the first time on the St. Julien's Parade in April of
that year, and continued to operate with the Regimental Pipes and Drums on several
occasions, including the Lethbridge Tattoo in May, and the Stampede Parade in July.
In 1987, the band received the Brigadier R.A. Bradburn Trophy for the Best Cadet Band in Alberta. The trophy would again go to the 2137 Pipes and Drums in 1988, 1989 and 1990.
In the summer of 1988, two cadets attended the NCSPD, with one achieving Level Three and another being named Top Cadet of his course. In the spring of 1989, one cadet was chosen by the NCSPD to attend a two week course at the Army School of Piping at Edinburgh Castle, Scotland - quite an honour for only two cadets from across Canada are chosen for the course from across Canada.
By 1989, one Cadet had advanced far enough to be able to go to summer camp at Ipperwash as an instructor, and another as a staff cadet.
In June of 1990 year, six cadets paraded with the Regimental Pipes and Drums during the Presentation of Queen's Colour ceremony held at McMahon Stadium.
By 1991, the original all-male band had transformed into an even mix of males and females. The awards for Top Cadet and Most Improved Cadet in the band at the Banff National Cadet Camp that year both went to 2137 Cadets.