The Canadian Scottish Regimental Association is a gBy the Mid-1980’s quite a few members of the Regimental Pipes and Drums were reaching, or had reached, the Canadian Forces’ compulsory retirement age, but continued to parade with the band, nevertheless. Concerns were raised, however, about the liability of the Department of National Defence should anything untoward happen to these musicians while training or performing with the band.
To overcome the dilemma of needing the experience and presence of these veterans but facing a ban on their performing with the band, the Association was approached to sponsor a pipe band and undertake the responsibilities concerning liability, uniforms, and other pertinent issues. Thus, the Regimental Association Pipe Band was formed in 1988.
Often the backbone of the Regimental Pipes and Drums over the years when Canadian Forces’ policies concerning bands were in constant flux, the Association Band could also be found performing as a separate entity in parades, at Regimental Ceilidhs and at other venues where they could raise funds to support themselves. Annually, they have entertained the veterans in the hospital and Royal Canadian Legions on November 11th and have marched in the 1st of July Canada Day Parades in Sidney. With the significant appreciation of the students, they have continued to bring along young pipers and drummers, especially in the Cadet Corps.
The contribution of the Regimental Pipes and Drums is inestimable.