The Canadian Scottish Pipes & Drums is a Vancouver Island based 'Regimental Family' of bands comprised of several cadet corps, an Association band, and the Regimental (or Militia) band itself. This 'Tri-Band' is made up of serving members of the Canadian Armed Forces, civilian volunteers, cadets and their dedicated instructors who are situated all over the island from Victoria in the south, to Nanaimo, and Port McNeil in the north.
The Regimental and Association bands are called upon to perform locally at highly visible public duties, parades and civic events on a regular basis. The Regimental band has extensive experience in performing across North America and overseas at Tattoos, Highland Games and other events.
We want YOU in the Canadian Scottish!
We are inviting competition-level musicians for the regimental band, as well as people interested in the cadets and Association band.
From beginners to instructors to elite competitors, you are needed and there is a place for you in our 'Tri-Band' family!
UPCOMING MILITIA BAND PERFORMANCES:
Victoria Highland Games
Victoria Day Parade: Monday, May 20, 2013.
Various Regional Competitions & Training: TBA
The First Canadian Contingent sailed for England in October 3rd, 1914. The 16th Battalion was part of the 3rd Infantry Brigade, 1st Canadian Division. Its motto, ”Deas Gu Cath”, was adopted on the third day of the voyage. It was on December 16, 1914 on Salisbury Plain, that the battalion was subtitled ‘(The Canadian Scottish)’.
What does the Regimental Motto mean?
As volunteer soldiers from several Scottish regiments from across Canada (including members of Victoria's 50th Gordon Highlanders) began to form into a single fighting unit before being hurled into the unknown battlefields of Europe, they chose a motto for themselves from the Scottish Gaelic language:
Deas gu Cath
It is pronounced JESS GOO KAA, and is Loosely translated as ”Ready for Battle”, ”Ready to Sting”, or even ”Ready for the Fray”; it indicates ones willingness to be prepared to do whatever it takes to succeed.
Here is an excerpt from The official unit history book “Ready for the Fray” By Reginald R. Roy: (reference: http://alturl.com/z7686)
Under the new direction of Pipe Major Kevin McIntyre.
Photo courtesy Ian Spencer Williams