North Okanagan Pipes & Drums marks five years of playing together

Band welcomes new members anytime — from beginner to experienced

With five years of piping and drumming, it was time for the North Okanagan Pipes and Drums to celebrate.

The band commemorated its fifth anniversary with a potluck dinner recently, following their regular weekly practice.

“The band has gone from their humble beginnings when a mere six musicians got together to play a few tunes to the current 28 members playing a full repertoire of great music,” said pipe major Don MacLeod. “The band has also improved their look over the past few years going from a rag-tag group in odd tartans and different uniform items to a full dress Ancient Macbeth tartan kilt with Bonny Prince Charlie jackets and all the fine trimmings.

“The band performs at many charity and community functions and is fast becoming an integral part of the culture of the North Okanagan.”

The band is made up of a wide range of members, who range in age from 12 years old to older adults.

“We’ve grown into a fine, family-like group that really gets along and enjoys the cultural music and the social aspect of this group activity,” said MacLeod, who started this group to provide a safe, relaxing environment for people to join.

The group practises Wednesdays from 5 to 7 p.m., which is followed by a social hour. If you are interested in checking out this group, please drop by for a visit at Vernon’s Upper Room Mission or call MacLeod at 250-260-1001.


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