December 2, 2017 Band Christmas Party
The Fergus Pipe Band, along with family, friends and supporters gathered to enjoy a fantastic evening of good food, music and camaraderie. We traditionally enjoy a pot luck and this year was no different with a large array of food and goodies, proving that band members are as creative in the kitchen as with their instruments. The McKenzie award this year was awarded to Mike McMorris. The McKenzie award is presented each year to the person in the band deemed to have shown the most dedication and it is an honour to receive it. The party wraps up the end of the year for the band and we reconvene on Janurary 2, 2018 to start work on our 2018 schedule. New drummers and pipers are most welcome to join us and we offer instruction for anyone who wishes to learn.
November 25 and December 2, 2017 Elora and Fergus Santa Parades
The Fergus Pipe Band wrapped up our 90 year by playing in the Elora and Fergus Santa parades. Under the direction of Pipe Major Chad Green and Drum Sergeant Alex Hobler the band entertained the crowds with a selection of Christmas carols which went down very well with the large crowds that attended each event. The nightime parade in Elora was enhanced by decorating our pipes and drums with lights, which added to the seasonal atmosphere. Both the parades were warm for the time of year and it was nice to conclude our 90th celebration year by entertaining our local communities.
September 17, 2017 Guelph Scottish Festival
The Fergus Pipe Band performed at the annual Guelph Scottish Festival, held at the Guelph legion. The day was unseasonably warm and the crowd enjoyed an afternoon of opening and closing massed band plus an individual performance by each of the participating bands. The day was enhanced by a performance from dancers from the Mary Ellen Cann School of Highland Dance.
The event was hosted by the Guelph Pipe Band and the other bands attending were, Dundas Pipes and Drums, Grimsby Pipes and Drums, Teeswater Highlanders Pipe Band and Cambridge Pipes and Drums.
August 27, 2017 Stratford Music Festival
Under the direction of Pipe Major Chad Green and Drum Sergeant Alex Hobler, the Fergus Pipe Band performed at the Stratford Music Festival. The band played for an hour to a large appreciative crowd who had gathered on a glorious late August Sunday. The venue was unusual for the band. It was a barge moored in the river and rocked and rolled along with our beat. Check out the photos in the gallery and notice how the barge was tilted! The band played a varied selection from our repetoire, including old favourites and new for 2017 tunes. After the concert members of the band mingled with the crowds and explained the intricicies of the drums and pipes. The band then retired to a local hostelry for much needed refreshment.
August 20, 2017 - Bacon, Eggs and Bagpipes!
As part of our 90th anniversary celebrations, the Fergus Pipe Band hosted “Bacon, Eggs and Bagpipes” as a fundraiser for our new Groves Hospital. We appreciated the very generous support of the Fergus Legion, Egg Farmers of Ontario, Pillers, Gay Lea and EVO Kitchen, as well as tremendous interest from the community. Over 260 people, including several from the local health profession, enjoyed a great breakfast while listening to piping, what a way to get going for the day! The band had a super time as a team working for a great cause and is happy to report that we will be presenting over $3,000 to the new hospital. Thanks to all!
August 10-13, 2017 - Fergus Scottish Festival
The Fergus Pipe Band participated in the 2017 Fergus Scottish Festival. The weekend kicked off on Thursday evening with a parade through the town. The weather was kind to us on Thursday, but on the Friday it was a different story! As we stood at the start line, tuned and ready to present out 90th birthday set to a large crowd at the tattoo, the heavens opened and thunder and lightning continued for a few hours causing the whole evening to be canceled. The band gathered in the beer tent to play to the people who had stayed but a tornado warning was issued so yet again we were thwarted. Half the band took shelter in the arena where again we played a few tunes for the remaining folk. The other half of the band gathered again in the beer tent and entertained the crowd for a few hours. The 2017 tattoo is one that will go down in band history to be recalled over beverages for many years to come.
Saturday dawned nice, dry and sunny and the band had a relatively easy day, leading the legion colour party out for the opening ceremonies, then retiring to the band campsite for a pot luck lunch and an afternoon relaxing.
Sunday was a busy day that saw us at opening and closing massed band as well as various performances around the ground, including, finally, a chance on the main field to present our 90th birthday selection.
All in all a successful weekend. Check out the gallery page for photographs of the weekend.
July 30, 2017 - 90th Birthday Celebration Picnic
Members of the band, along with friends, family and many alumni gathered together at Thatcher Farms on a perfect summer afternoon to enjoy a picnic, music and food with old and new friends. The event was to celebrate 90 years that the Fergus Pipe Band has been in existence. Check out the gallery for photos of the afternoon.
July 15, 2017 - Orillia Scottish Festival
A bus full of band members, family and friends set off for Orillia to take part in the 40th Orillia Scottish Festival. Although the day was hot, the location next to the lake kept us all cool. The festival started off with a parade through the town to the grounds, where we participated in the massed bands of the opening ceremonies. The day continued with us providing a performance next to the beach, which was well received by all the folk enjoying a day by the lake. We retired to the beer tent to cool off and then embarked on the miniature train playing as we went, much to the surprise of the crowds. The closing massed bands concluded the event and we set off back to Fergus, stopping off for a meal and a beer at Barrie where we toasted out pipe majors wife, Tina in celebration of her birthday (number is confidential!) . We arrived back in Fergus at 9.30pm, tired, but extremely pleased with the way the day went. Check out the photos from the day on our gallery page.
June 17, 2017 - Burlington Sounds of Music Parade
An early departure from Fergus started our day off for the Burlington Sounds of Music Parade. The day was extremely hot and humid and we were flagging towards the end, but the warm welcome of the large crowds that lined the route made it very enjoyable. On the journey home we were entertained by Bill McMeekin's fine singing voice.
June 10, 2017 - Ancaster Heritage Day Parade
A small but enthusiastic band, under the command of Pipe Major Chad Green and Drum Sgt Alex Hobler, led the parade at Ancaster. The weather was hot and we played a selection from our 2017 repertoire to entertain the crowds. As is our tradition at Ancaster we finished the day off with beer and wings graciously provided by our PM!
May 6, 2017 - Scotch on the Rocks
Under the command of Pipe Major Chad Green and Drum Sgt Alex Hobler, the Fergus Pipe Band kicked off its 90th year celebrations with Scotch on the Rocks. The band played at various venues through its home town of Fergus. Although the weather did not play ball, with low temperatures and torrential rain, many townsfolk turned out to support the band. A highlight was our bass drummer Derek Bowers who arrived on his Ural sidecar motorcycle to sell t-shirts. Check out the photos of the day in the gallery.
April 9, 2017 - Fergus Pipe Band Celebrates Tartan Day
Under the command of Pipe Major Chad Green and Drum Cpl. Tayler Black the Fergus Pipe Band joined its home town of Fergus to celebrate Tartan Day. The weather was with us and we wore our new 90th year celebration T-shirts for the first time. The day kicked off at the Breadalbane and continued through the town, stopping at various pubs and businesses and ending at the Goofie Newfie. The pubs and businesses graciously provided food and beverage to keep us sustained throughout the day and a great time was had by all.
January 21 2017 - Fergus Pipe Band hosts a traditional Robbie Burns Supper
The Fergus Pipe Band hosted a traditional Burns Supper to a sold out audience at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 275 (Fergus). The band opened the evening with sets of traditional pipe tunes. The event continued with the traditional Burns program and included a fine haggis and beef dinner. Additional entertainment was provided by the group, Thistlebank.
The Fergus Pipe Band would like to acknowledge the following individuals and organisations, without whom the event could not have happened:
- Royal Canadian Legion Branch 275 (Fergus). (The legion hall is available for rental for private events, click here for details.)
- John K Cambell, whose spirited address to the haggis was a major highlight of the evening.
- Thistlebank, who entertained the crowd with a fine selection of appropriate music
- Fergus Scottish Festival and WeeAlec Productions for donating door prizes
- Last, but certainly not least, to the audience who came out and supported the evening to acknowledge the national bard of Scotland.
The Burns Supper was the first event of the 90th year birthday celebrations for the Fergus Pipe Band and we have many special events planned for the year in addition to our usual itinerary. Check back regularly for updates as events and venues are firmed up.
November 26 and December 3 2016 - Fergus Pipe Band participates in the Elora and Fergus Santa Parades
The Fergus Pipe band enjoyed kicking off the Christmas festivities in Centre Wellington by being part of the Elora and Fergus Santa parades. The band decorated their instruments with lights for the nighttime Elora parade and the weather was kind to us and the crowd showed appreciation as we marched and played down the main street. The weather was also kind as we marched in the Fergus parade on Dec 3. The two Christmas parades mark the end of our performance year and the band takes a break and starts practice again in the new year when we will be preparing for the Burns Supper.
November 5 to 11 2016 - Fergus Pipe Band participates in Remembrance Week
The Fergus Pipe band is very proud to have participated in the Remembrance week activities this year, in support of Wellington County and Royal Canadian Legion branches 275 (Fergus) and 229 (Elora).
Remembrance week started on November 5 with a lone piper playing at Wellington County's Remembrance Day ceremony. This ceremony recognizes all Wellington County residents who have been killed in action while serving in the Canadian Armed Forces. Each of those citizens are represented by a cross on the front lawn of the Wellington County Museum.
The Fergus Pipe Band played and led the Fergus Legion colour party for a service in Bethal Baptist church on November 6, to mark the start of Remembrance week.
On November 11, the band played and led remembrance day parades and lone pipers played the laments at Salem, Elora and Fergus.
Lest We Forget.
November 1, 2016 - Fergus Pipe Band announces new Pipe Major
The Fergus Pipe Band is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Pipe Major. At the AGM held on November 1, band members unanimously elected Chad Green as Pipe Major. Chad joined the Fergus Pipe Band at the age of 8 and has been playing pipes for over 20 years. He is the twelfth Pipe Major in the band's 90 year history.
October 10, 2016 - Fergus Pipe Band participates in KW Oktoberfest Parade
An early and very cold start saw 11 pipers and 10 drummers lined up for the start of the annual KW Oktoberfest Parade. The KW Oktoberfest (http://www.oktoberfest.ca) is the largest outside Bavaria and the parade is a highlight of the festival. The Fergus Pipe Band has performed at this annual event over a number of years.
Under the command of acting Pipe Major Bill McMeekin and Drum Sergeant Alex Hobler the band marched and played over the 5km route to huge appreciative crowds and also featured on the nationally televised coverage of the event.
At the end of the parade a very tired, yet satisfied, band retired to a local hostelry for much needed refreshment and camaraderie.
October 1 to 2, 2016 - Fergus Pipe Band to participate in Culture Days
The Fergus Pipe Band will be participating in the Centre Wellington Culture Days over the weekend of October 1-2. We will be piping the audience into the Grand Theatre in Fergus on Saturday October 1 at 1.30pm.
Join us again on Sunday at 1pm as we lead the Horse and Hounds parade from the Elora LCBO to Bissel Park and afterwards for a concert at the Greenspaces at Mill and Metcalfe st.
Culture Days is an annual event running from September 30 to October 2, and the Fergus Pipe Band is proud to be part of the weekend. Full details on Culture Days can be found at http://culturedays.ca
August 11 to 14, 2016 - Fergus Pipe Band Participates in the Fergus Scottish Festival
The annual highlight for the Fergus Pipe Band is to perform in the Fergus Scottish Festival held each year in the second week of August. As the home town band, we are proud to provide entertainment throughout the whole weekend.
The event kicked off on Thursday August 11 with a parade through downtown Fergus. A downpour just before the start did not dampen the enthusiasm of either the band or the spectators. The band was under the command of Pipe Sergeant Murray Young and Drum Sergeant Alex Hobler.
On Friday evening the band participated in the Tattoo. Under the command of acting Pipe Major Bill Mcmeekin and Drum Sergeant Alex Hobler, the band marched onto the field with Flowers of Scotland and The Maple Leaf Forever as a slow march into a quick march which was very well received by our home town crowd. Visiting pipe bands then joined us and the audience were entertained with a performance of massed band music.
On Saturday, the band marched the Royal Canadian Legion branch 275 (Fergus) onto the field for the official games opening ceremony. The weather did not cooperate with us and we marched on to a downfall of rain, as most of the audience ran for cover. A stoic number of the audience did remain and gave us a rousing round of cheers and applause, acknowledging that we continued with the performance through the heavy rainfall. The remainder of Saturday was spent trying to dry out uniform and instruments and remove mud stains in preparation for Sunday.
Sunday dawned bright and warm and the band participated in the opening massed bands. We then paraded through the grounds and presented a selection of music on the main field, followed by a performance at the heritage tent. The weekend was concluded by a final massed bands, after which the band members retired to our dedicated campsite for some much needed refreshment.
This year saw a number of new members debut in the band. Stepping out with the band over the weekend is only achieved after many hours of dedicated practice and commitment and all new members were acknowledged by acting Pipe Major Bill Mcmeekin during the "debrief" complete with appropriate refreshment.
The band now takes a break until the beginning of September and we always welcome new members, both drummers and pipers. The band provides instruction during our weekly Tuesday practices. We encourage anyone who is interested to contact us.
August 4, 2016 - Fergus Pipe Band Performs at the Wellington County Museum
The Fergus Pipe Band performed at the Wellington County Museum as part of the summer concert season
The Fergus Pipe band turned out ten pipers and eight drummers, under the command of acting Pipe Major Bill McMeekin and Drum Sergeant Alex Hobler. The evening was warm as the band marched in to Colin's Cattle/Castle Dangerous and formed up in front of the historic Wellington County Museum, a former workhouse situated between Fergus and Elora.
The band played for 45 minutes and presented a wide selection from their repertoire. The performance was well received by an appreciative crowd who had gathered with lawn chairs in the museum grounds.
After a warm and muggy performance the band retired to a local hostelry for some much needed liquid refreshment.