2137 (Calgary 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 bands. 

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.

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Spring 1986 - Annual Inspection of the Corps.  Cadets Michael Dorosh, Jody Marchuk and Jimmy Jacques man the band table during the post-parade display.

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.

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September 1986 - Highland Gathering, Banff, Alberta.  Cadet pipers and drummers Michael Dorosh, Greg Gorman, bass drummer, Jody Marchuk, Ed Lazich, and Terry Rompain.


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.
In the summer of 1989, Rob Cater went to Edinburgh as Drum Major of the Canadian Army Cadet Contingent in the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.  That same summer, several cadets appeared with the Regimental Pipes and Drums at the Nova Scotia International Tattoo. 

At right, two of the pipers that accompanied the Regimental Pipes and Drums to Halifax for the Nova Scotia International Tattoo; at left Cadet Sergeant Derek Balding, at right Cadet Corporal Josh Pullen.  Cadet Corporal Pullen later served with the Regimental Pipes and Drums and completed a peacekeeping tour with UNPROFOR.  His younger brother Jeremiah, who played with the cadet band as a drummer, more recently served as a LAV driver with Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians) in Afghanistan.

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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.