What's New With the RDLPB?
New Name, New Logo, New Website
We have some news to share! The Red Deer Legion Pipe Band has officially changed its name to the Red Deer & District Pipe Band. As a band, we feel this slight alteration in our name better reflects the many areas of Central Alberta from which our members come. We have also experienced many changes in recent years, and we believe a new name is emblematic of the new direction in which we see ourselves moving.
We have a new name, a new logo, and a new website. We will be leaving this site up for the time being to redirect our friends and followers to our new page. You can find it at reddeerdistrictpipeband.ca. This is an exciting time for our band, and we hope you will continue to follow us as we evolve and grow!
Lacombe Days Parade
Every summer, the Red Deer Legion Pipe Band has the privilege of participating in the annual Lacombe Days parade. The weather is always beautiful and the people who come out are always a pleasure to play for. This year attendance at the parade was the best we have seen yet. So many people came out! Thank you to Don Beauchesne for allowing us to use photos he took of the band here on our website. Pop on over to our gallery for more photos from the event!
72nd Annual Red Deer Highland Games
After a decade or so of not competing, the Red Deer Legion Pipe Band decided it was finally time to get back out there and took part in the Red Deer Highland Games pipe band competition on Saturday, June 22nd. The pipe band played in the opening ceremonies, officially kicking off the Games for another year. We got very lucky with an absolutely beautiful day weather-wise!
Our competition tunes "Haughs of Cromdale" and "Cullen Bay" are two pieces we've come to really enjoy playing (which is good because we've played them A LOT by this point). We entered the grade five pipe band competition, along with fellow bands Grande Prairie & District Pipes and Drums, Ogden Legion Pipe Band, and Edmonton Youth Pipe Band. Despite some nerves (first time competing in a decade!), we played well and were thrilled to be out there on the field, truly taking part in the Games again. All of our hard work, practice, and determination paid off because we finished second in our grade! What a great way to end a great day!
Congratulations to the other bands in our grade and all of the other bands that competed in the Red Deer Highland Games. It was an honour to play with you!
Jake's Gift Is Back In Town...May 7th!
The RDLPB is pleased to host Jake's Gift on Tuesday, May 7th at the Elks Lodge Red Deer. Jake's Gift has been described as "an award-winning play you do not want to miss" and we can definitely attest to that! Please consider joining us for a great evening with music from the pipe band followed by an outstanding play.
Another St. Paddy's Day Pub Crawl In the Books
The RDLPB had another successful St. Paddy's Day Pub Crawl. It has been an annual tradition for us for some time now, but this year we were thrilled to add some new venues to our schedule. Many thanks go to: Troubled Monk Brewery, the Hideout, Bo's Bar & Grill, Sawback Brewing Co., Cheers, Chillabong's, Red Hart Brewing (congrats on your grand opening!), Hudsons, and Original Joe's. We hope to play for all of you again next year! Maybe sooner???? Call us!
National Tartan Day Celebration
April 5th is National Tartan Day, and the Red Deer Legion Pipe Band is ready to celebrate! We will be joined by special guests the NOVA SCOTIABLES, which we're very excited about. It's going to be a fun night with great music and dancing. If you're in the area, you should join us!
After the success of last year's Halloween Ceilidh, the RDLPB has decided to host another. Please consider supporting the band by purchasing a ticket. Bring a friend. Bring several friends! We hope to see you there!
Lost & Found:
A kilt pin was found at the Red Deer Legion following the April 17th production of Jake's Gift. If it belongs to you, please don't hesitate to contact us.
We're hosting a Halloween Ceilidh fundraiser and would love for you to come!
Flags of Remembrance
On Saturday, October 25th, we had the privilege of taking part in Veterans Voices of Canada's Flags of Remembrance ceremony. The event took place on highway 11 just east of Sylvan Lake where 116 Canadian flags were raised in memory of the 116, 000 soldiers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of our nation. It was a chilly day, but all those members present were honoured to participate and to pay our respects to Canada's fallen. It was especially poignant given the recent deaths of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo and WO Patrice Vincent. The row of flags is a breathtaking sight for those driving by and for those of us who were in attendance at this ceremony. Many thanks to Allan Cameron for founding Veterans Voices of Canada and for organizing this great event.
Coverage of the event:
106.7 The Drive
Flags of Remembrance
Veterans Voices of Canada
Many congrats to our Pipe Major, Curtis Boyd, for finishing FIRST in the Grade 3 Combined Aggregate.
Way to go, Curtis!
(Pictured: Curtis performing his Piobaireachd at the Canmore Highland Games, September 2013.)