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DRP Pipes & Drums

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The Durham Regional Police Pipes & Drums was formed by Staff Sergeant Charlie Green and Sergeant Roy Good in 1996. The band wears the McAlpine tartan commemorating Chief Kevin McAlpine, the fourth Chief of the Durham Regional Police Service.

Most band members are civilian volunteers. They serve as ambassadors and represent the Service with pride wherever performing; be that at a formal police ceremony, local parade or pipe band competition. This group travels across the province to compete at various highland games. In 2013, the pipe band was moved up to Grade 3 after winning the Grade 4 Pipers and Pipe Band Society of Ontario Championship Supreme award in 2012. The pipe band's mission is to represent and help foster the hard work and dedication characteristic of the Service.

Administration and management of the pipe section and the drum corps, as well as the teaching program, is under direction and leadership of Pipe Major and Durham Regional Police Constable Mike Lasseter and Lead Drummer Ted Berlinghoff. Durham Regional Police Staff Sergeant Colin Shaw is the Drum Major of the pipes and drums and the police liaison officer.

Band practices are held on Sunday mornings at 11:00 a.m. at the Durham College, North Campus, 2000 Simcoe Street North in Oshawa. Practices are conducted in Room JW207 in the Justice Wing. Also, there is a youth teaching program available.

If you are interested in lessons, please contact Cst. Mike Lasseter at

The Durham Regional Police Pipes & Drums are also looking for experienced bagpipers and drummers. If anyone is interested in joining the band please contact Pipe Major Mike Lasseter at