The Halton Regional Police Service Pipes & Drums Unit (HRPSP&D) was formed on September 2, 1987 as a result of a cooperative effort by members of the HRPS and residents of the Halton community. It represents the Chief of Police and the spirit of the Halton Regional Police Service.
The band membership is comprised primarily of civilian volunteers. Some members are police officers, while others are retired police or peace officers. The membership is made up of 16 pipers, five snares and one bass drummer. The HRPSP&D continues to grow with up-and-coming student musicians.
The HRPSP&D is under the direction of Pipe Major Michael Cuffe. Piper Major Cuffe was formerly a member Pipes & Drums of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada (Princess Louise’s) and the Metropolitan Toronto Police Pipe Band.
The band performs by gracious permission of the Chief of Police at a variety of community events within and beyond Halton Region over the course of a calendar year, including:
Each year, the band and solo pipers perform at some 40 or more separate events on behalf of the Service. They also participate in private functions on a contractual basis. Three-hour practice nights are held weekly throughout the entire year, with extra nights being afforded newer members for more dedicated instruction.
Every Thursday night, the band can be seen and heard in the Region of Halton's Cafeteria, the Gymnasium, or, in good weather, around the grounds of Headquarters.
The Halton Regional Police Service Pipes & Drums was formed on September 2, 1987 as a result of a cooperative effort by members of the community and members of the Halton Regional Police Service.
The band's first Pipe Major was William S. Robertson of Oakville, a gifted piper and retired member of the famous Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (Princess Louise's). The 'Imperial' Argylls saved the British Army during the Battle of Balaklava by forming the now famous Thin Red Line tipped with steel, and traces its regimental roots back to 1794 with the formation of the 98th (Argyllshire Highlanders) Regiment of Foot in Scotland.
The primary function of the Halton Regional Police Service Pipes & Drums is to enhance the concept and spirit of community policing through the performance of highland bagpipe music at concerts, charity and fundraising events, police and military Tattoos, parades, and competitions throughout the Golden Horseshoe, in the United States, and overseas. But most of all, the Pipes & Drums represent the emotion of the Halton Regional Police Service everywhere they perform.
The Chisholm tartan was selected to honour the Chisholm family as one of the founding families of the Town of Oakville. The Chisholms were of Norman stock and were first recorded in Roxburghshire in the Borders Region of Scotland circa 1250 A.D. During the 14th century, the Chisholms gained greater influence in the north when they became Constables of Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness. The family became supporters of the Jacobite cause and clan members were involved in uprisings in 1715 and 1745.
The clan fought for Bonnie Prince Charlie under the command of Roderick Chishom who was killed by cannon fire before the final charge. After the battle, his body was recovered and protected by his two elder brothers who were officers in the Royal Scots, who were on the side of the government. Jacobite honour was more than satisfied afterwards as three of the eight men who sheltered and guided Bonnie Prince Charlie's escape in the summer of 1746, were Chisholms.
The clan chief is known as The Chisholm. Perhaps only a subtle coincidence, but in view of the clan's historic role as Constables, it is more than fitting that our tartan represents the founding of Oakville and the traditions of community policing.
We are seeking experienced pipers and drummers (or those interested in learning) of all ages who share the understanding of the concept of community policing and are looking to support the Halton Regional Police Service by actively participating in community events throughout and beyond the boundaries of Halton Region.
So, if you are interested in becoming a member of the Pipes & Drums, or want to learn how to play the pipes or drums, be sure to visit us at Halton Regional Police Service Headquarters any Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m. We have highly qualified and experienced instructors available, and remember.... practice has its own reward - find it!
For more information about the Halton Regional Police Service Pipes & Drums, contact: