Band History

The history of the Pipes and Drums of the EPS is divided into three eras and an additional history of our links to the Canadian Military.

Origins of the Band 

On August 12, 1914 at the Prince of Wales Armories in Edmonton, twelve men of the Edmonton Caledonian Pipe Band, some of whom are believed to have been police officers with the Edmonton Police Department, joined the fledgling Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI). Read more….

  Band History in the 60’s & 70’s 

Today’s Edmonton Police Service Pipes and Drums were formed in 1959, when members of the Service, most of whom were Scottish and Irish expatriates, expressed an interest in forming a band. Two years of practice paid off on November 9, 1961, when Chief Constable M.F.E. Anthony gave his official sanction after hearing the members play Scots Wha Hae and the band became the official band of the Edmonton Police Service. Read more….

The Pipe Band Today 

In addition to its military responsibilities, the band performs at approximately seventy- five community events each year throughout Edmonton and Northern Alberta. Numerous towns and cities have recognized the pipe band for giving their hometown events that highland music touch. The police officers who comprise the band are true ambassadors to the City of Edmonton and its Police Service. Read more….

  The EPS Pipes and Drums and the Canadian Military 

Read more and see photos of the Pipes and Drums with the Canadian Military.