The Durham Regional Police Pipes and Drums unveiled their unique new tartans on Thursday, May 6 at a special ceremony in Oshawa.
Formed in 1996, DRP Pipes and Drums previously wore the MacBeth tartan, commemorating Jon MacBeth Jenkins, first Chief of the Durham Regional Police Service. At the graduation ceremonies of DRP’s five newest recruits held at Durham College Thursday, the band showed off their new McAlpine tartans.
The McAlpine tartan was chosen for past DRP Chief Kevin McAlpine, who gave the Pipes and Drums full support throughout his tenure as the fourth Chief of the Durham Regional Police Service. Chief McAlpine believed in the importance of ceremony and the positive effect of building tradition. Attending dozens of events throughout the calendar year including police funerals, memorials, graduations, piping competitions and countless other community events, the DRP Pipes and Drums are an important part of DRP’s ceremonial unit.
The DRP Pipes and Drums performed the first official march past before Chief McAlpine on May 6. The Durham Regional Police Service is proud to honour its fourth Chief of Police in this special way. Chief McAlpine now serves as Chief of the Port Hope Police Service.
The Durham Regional Police Pipes and Drums is a band comprised mostly of 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. Their mission is to represent and help foster the hard work and dedication characteristic of the Service. For more information on the DRP Pipes and Drums, click here.
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Pipes and Drums pose with current Chief Mike Ewles and past Chief Kevin McAlpine (JPG file, 387.5K bytes)
Past DRP Chief Kevin McAlpine salutes DRP Pipes and Drums during the first official march past (JPG file, 445.0K bytes)