The British Columbia Regiment (Duke of Connaught’s Own) Association Band serves as the regimental band of the Regiment.
After a 20-year hiatus following the disbanding of the regimental band in the mid-1960’s, the Band re-formed in 1987 as an all-volunteer band. It rehearses weekly at the historic Beatty Street Drill Hall, home of the Regiment.
Under Band Director Bombadier Brian Smith, the Band comprises civilian volunteers who perform for military and public functions as representatives of the Regiment. In the past 12 months, the Band has performed more than 30 engagements, frequently with between 30 and 40 members.
In addition to regimental ceremonies and functions, notable community public performances include:
- Sun Run – open air concert in Vancouver’s Kitsilano neighborhood
- Kerrisdale Carnival Days – street parade in Vancouver’s Kerrisdale neighborhood
- Hats Off Day – street parade in Burnaby
- Ft Langley May Day Parade
- CPC Post to Post 10 km Run
- Salmon Festival – street parade in Steveston
- Remembrance Day – street parade in Vancouver
- Government House Open House & Garden – in Victoria, BC, at the request of the Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia
The British Columbia Regiment Pipes and Drums
The band, which is an all-volunteer band made up of civilian women, men and youth of diverse ethnic origins is based out of the Beatty Street Drill Hall in Vancouver. The 28-member band practices at Templeton High School in East Vancouver, at Legion #148 in North Burnaby & #179 Commercial Drive Leigon.
The members of the band finance operation through many fundraising events and the kind donations of supporters. The band plays at various civic functions, charitable events, parades, and military functions, primarily in the Metro Vancouver Area.
In June 2002, the Irish Fusiliers of Canada and the British Columbia Regiment were formally merged to preserve the Battle Honours and name of the Irish Fusiliers. With the merger, the BCR Irish Pipes and Drums have become a visible symbol of the Irish heritage of these two outstanding regiments.
For more information, visit the The British Columbia Regiment Irish Pipes and Drums web site.