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Brockville Pipes & Drums

Originally known as the Brockville Highland Pipe Band

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., October 21, 2019
1. Brockville Pipes & Drums Marker
Inscription.  

On August 12, 1931, Tommy Marshall, Don Fraser, John Kinghorn, and others met to form a pipe band in Brockville. Marshall was chosen as Pipe Major of the new Brockville Highland Pipe Band.

In 1934, uniforms were purchased from R.G. Laurie Co. in Glasgow[,] Scotland and the ‘Royal Stewart’ tartan was selected for the kilts.

P/M Tommy Marshall was born in Lanarkshire[,] Scotland in 1901. He played pipes with the 6th Cameronian Scottish Rifles from 1926 to 1930, then emigrated from Hamilton, Scotland, with his wife Elizabeth (Morrison).

During W.W.II at least seven band members enlisted. Marshall became Pipe Major with the Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders. He was commanded to play for Queen Elizabeth and King George VI.

After the war, Marshall remained as Pipe Major with the Brockville Pipe Band until his death in 1961. His pipes were donated to the Brockville Museum.

From 1989 to 2009, Ken Larocque was Pipe Major, followed by Steward Nimmo, to lead the newly named Brockville Pipes & Drums.

The band was inducted into the Brockville Performing Arts Hall

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By William Fischer, Jr., October 21, 2019
2. Brockville Pipes & Drums Marker
of Fame in 2010 and performs regularly on both sides of the Canada/U.S. border.

[Photo captions, chronologically, read]
1934

(rear) Jack Milligan, John Kinghorn, George Quirmbach, Jim Kempt, and Bob McVey.
(front) Tommy Marshall, Bill Ente[?], Bill Wetherell, Stewart McVey (age 15), Jack Brodie, Jack Phillips, and Don Fraser
Wearing their new Royal Stewart tartan uniforms from Scotland.

1947
(rear) Bob McVey, George Beley, Lochlan MacDonald, Trevor Paquin, Eric Baud, Ambrose McDonald, and David Davidson.
(front) P/M Tommy Marshall, Lawrence Harper, Lorne Harper, Dick Robinson, Jack Phillips, and John Kinghorn.

2011
Marching at the Spencerville Fair in 2011.
80 years of parading.

2015
In Front of the Brockville Court House – Sept. 2015
(rear) – P/M Stewart Nimmo, Rob MacNaull, Terry Covey, Larry Fitzpatrick, Brian Porter, and Ian Stewart.
(front) – Andrea Jackson, Bob Skelhorne, Scott Fraser, Peter Rowlands, Donna Skelhorne, Chris Grill, Tony Vavra, John Taylor, Pat Matthews, Rick Leroux, Tim Ray, David Hain, and Alistair Burnett.

 
Erected 2016 by City of Brockville and Brockville Pipes & Drums.
 
Location.

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44° 35.233′ N, 75° 40.875′ W. Marker is in Brockville, Ontario. Marker is on Block House Island Road, on the right when traveling south. Marker is on Block House Island. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Brockville, Ontario K6V 4S9, Canada. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Blockhouse Island (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Blockhouse Island (within shouting distance of this marker); The Wreck of the ROBERT GASKIN (within shouting distance of this marker); Con Darling (within shouting distance of this marker); Brockville Rowing Club Regatta (within shouting distance of this marker); Saint Lawrence, the Martyr (within shouting distance of this marker); SS Kingston (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); The Bluenose Visit, 1933 / La visite du Bluenose, 1933 (about 90 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brockville.
 
Also see . . .  History of Brockville Pipes & Drums. (Submitted on October 28, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 28, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 28, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 49 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 28, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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