Over 260 pipers will parade through Kimberley this weekend for a celebration nine decades in the making.
The Kimberley Pipe Band is hosting a 90th anniversary tattoo that will bring in bands from areas such as Lethbridge, Kamloops, Cowichan Valley, Nelson and Trail.
Pipe Major Jock MacDonald, who has been with the band for 22 years, says they are the longest consecutively running band in British Columbia.
MacDonald credits the longevity of the band to the passion passed from generation to generation by its members.
He says it definitely “flows” through families as some members have been involved for over 50 years and now their children are getting involved.
McDonald became hooked because his grandfather played the bagpipes and he ended up being taught by former the Kimberley band’s ex-Pipe Major Dave Eksog.
McDonald says you either love the sound or you hate.
He recalls a time when he was only 14 year old, playing in front of his cousin’s five year old child who immediately took to the instrument and now plays.
The weekend kicks off with a free performance 10 AM Friday morning in Kimberley’s Platzl with the Cowichan Pipe Band and BC Regimental Band.
– Kimberley Pipe Band Pipe Major Jock MacDonald
(Photo of 1997 Kimberley Pipe Band courtesy of Facebook//Kimberley Pipe Band 90th Anniversary Tattoo)