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Trail Pipe Band kicks off 90th year

I would like to invite your readers to come and begin the 90th official year celebrating the formation of the Trail Pipe Band. Our first event is Burn’s Night on Saturday the 25th of January with supper, poetry, piping, drumming and dancing at the Trail Legion. Tickets are available at the Legion.

We are planning our parade season to be in as many of our local communities as possible between now and October, when we plan to have a concert in the Charles Bailey Theatre with many friends including the Maple Leaf Band, the Kate E. Shaw Highland Dancers, The Haran Dancers (Irish) from Kettle Falls, and others.

The Trail Pipe Band has enjoyed tremendous support from the citizens of our greater community, and we are looking forward to your continued support as we celebrate this milestone with all of you, and move forward.

I say ‘official’ as we know that the Band was formally put together under the auspices of the Caledonian Society which had its’ 90th Anniversary last year, though the pipers and drummers in the community had paraded unofficially in 1910 on Labour Day; and in the opening of the old bridge in May of 1912 - we have the pictures.

“Boy Scouts, residents and visitors, headed by the Trail Band, which discoursed patriotic music. Prominent in the procession were a couple of pipers, who relieved the band with martial airs, played in a soul stirring manner. Hundreds of citizens, their wives, children, sisters, cousins and aunts merrily marched to the music of the band and the skirling of the bagpipes.” - Trail Creek News, May 24 1912 on the opening of the new bridge spanning the Columbia River at Trail -

J. Gordon Titsworth

President

Trail Pipe Band

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