City of Victoria Pipe Band

The City of Victoria Pipe Band was a grade 1 pipe band based in Victoria, British Columbia.

City of Victoria Pipe Band
LocationVictoria, British Columbia
Grade1 (former)
Pipe majorJames Troy
Drum sergeantJohn Fisher, David Watling, Colin Magee

History edit

James Troy was pipe major of a youth band under Ian Duncan of Victoria, until he turned sixteen and aged out.[1][2] In 1961, he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force pipe band, and in 1972 founded the City of Victoria Pipe Band with Steve Geddes as pipe sergeant.[2][3] The band was based on the model of Muirhead & Sons and Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia.[1]

The band's most significant competition achievement was to come sixth in the World Championships in Nottingham in 1979.[3]

Bruce Gandy, Jack Lee and Terry Lee all played with the band.[1] The Lee brothers went on to re-establish the six-time world champions Simon Fraser University Pipe Band in 1981.

The Greater Victoria Police Pipe Band, founded in 1998 by Troy and Dave McMillan, absorbed the diminished City of Victoria band.[2]

Discography edit

  • Play the Sweet Music (1976)[4]

References edit

  1. ^ a b c "James W. Troy". Retrieved 16 February 2015.
  2. ^ a b c Mike Paterson. "Taking silver with a well-trusted reed" (PDF). Piping Today. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-02-16. Retrieved 2015-02-16.
  3. ^ a b "Steve Geddes, 1950-2014". 12 March 2014. Retrieved 16 February 2015.
  4. ^ "Play the Sweet Music". Retrieved 16 February 2015.

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