The Halton Regional Police Service Pipes & Drums Unit (HRPSP&D) was formed on September 2, 1987 as a result of a cooperative effort by members of the HRPS and residents of the Halton community. It represents the Chief of Police and the spirit of the Halton Regional Police Service.
The band membership is comprised primarily of civilian volunteers. Some members are police officers, while others are retired police or peace officers. The membership is made up of 16 pipers, five snares and one bass drummer. The HRPSP&D continues to grow with up-and-coming student musicians.
The HRPSP&D is under the direction of Pipe Major Michael Cuffe. Piper Major Cuffe was formerly a member Pipes & Drums of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada (Princess Louise’s) and the Metropolitan Toronto Police Pipe Band.
The Halton Regional Police Service band is proud to wear the tartan of the Chisholm clan, the founding fathers of the Town of Oakville.
The band performs by gracious permission of the Chief of Police at a variety of community events within and beyond Halton Region over the course of a calendar year, including:
- Service functions:
- Ceremonies where the Chief and other dignitaries require 'piping in':
The HRPSP&D's busy time is between May and November.
Each year, the band and solo pipers perform at some 40 or more separate events on behalf of the Service. They also participate in private functions on a contractual basis. Three-hour practice nights are held weekly throughout the entire year, with extra nights being afforded newer members for more dedicated instruction.
Every Thursday night, the band can be seen and heard in the Region of Halton's Cafeteria, the Gymnasium, or, in good weather, around the grounds of Headquarters.
For more information about the Halton Regional Police Service Pipes & Drums, contact: