Saturday | August 27th 2022 | 8:30am – 7pm
N.L.A.S. Fairgrounds in Almonte, Ontario
After 2 years of cancellations due to Covid restrictions, we are pleased to announce that planning is underway for the 37th Annual North Lanark Highland Games, to be held in 2022! Please tell your mates and stay tuned for updates. We can’t wait to celebrate with all of you again!
Celebrate the Scottish culture and heritage of the Ottawa Valley at the 37th annual North Lanark Highland Games in Almonte, Ontario. The Games offer a traditional format and size attracting about 3,000 visitors. Twenty pipe bands, a hundred dancers and champion heavyweight athletes combine to present what is recognized as one of the Ottawa Valley’s premier summer events.
With Mini-Highland Games and free admission for kids 11 & under, and the picturesque Mississippi River as the backdrop, the Almonte Games have a reputation not only as having the prettiest site but also as being the friendliest Games on the Ontario circuit.
2022 Guest of Honour
Pipe Major RCMP Pipes and Drums since 2002
Pipe Major Ottawa Fire Service since 2013
* born Dundee, Scotland 1954
* started learning pipes at 7 with East Kiwanis Pipe Band in Hamilton under P/M Jock McFarlane
* moved to Waterloo in 1966 and joined Gr3 Hespeler Pipe Band under P/M Robert Chalmers
* piped solo for Queen visit to Kitchener in 1973
* piped for the inauguration of city of Cambridge (Galt, Preston, Hespeler) in 1973
* in August 1973 went to Royal Military College, pipe band was under P/M Donald Carrigan
* have played for Air Force pipe bands in Portage la Prairie MB, Greenwood NS and Ottawa
* first taste of a major tattoo was with P/M Archie Cairns for the Canadiana performance in Edinburgh 1981
* played for the Ulster Scottish in Philadelphia for 3 yrs under P/M Tom Hall
* continued to compete solo in Gr1 until 1992
* on move back to Canada in 1992 was invited to the Ottawa Police PB by P/M Pat Hayes
* VP Ottawa Branch 1996-1998
* President Ottawa Branch for 12 years, 1998-2009
* PPBSO Director-at-Large 2011-2014 and 2017-2021
* have assisted with the running of the Glengarry, Montreal, Fergus and North Lanark (Almonte) Highland Games
* have been assisting with the Almonte Games since 2001
* for past 15 years have been the MC for Circle 1 at Maxville
* 01 January 2000, piped in the Millennium on Parliament Hill with Brian Williamson
* member of inaugural RCMP pipe band 2000 under P/M Pat Hayes
* took over as RCMP P/M on 14 Oct 2002, “Change of Command” from Hayes to Ogilvie following Queen visit to RCMP Stables to present the RCMP with the horse “Golden Jubilee”, still in that role
* 2008 Las Vegas stage show at the Planet Hollywood with Regis Philban, “World Gala” to celebrate 70th anniversary of the Carlson Company
* 2009 Windsor Castle Royal Tattoo, presentation of RCMP Police Service Horse “George” to Her Majesty, for the 10 days stayed in the Windsor Castle Royal Apartments
* 2012 Queen’s Diamond Jubilee – Horse Guards (story in RCMP band history), with P/M Wayne Moug
* 2018 China (story in RCMP band history)
* 2019 Edinburgh Tattoo (story in RCMP band history)
* led RCMP pipe bands for other tattoos in Halifax, Quebec City, Regina, Estes Park CO, Rochester, Hamilton, Kingston, Toronto
* 6 major concerts at Dominion Chalmers United
* with ret’d District Fire Chief and lead tip Jim Corrigan, helped establish Ottawa Fire Service Pipe Band in 2013, assuming position as P/M, still in that role
* piper for the Canadian Senate since 2013
* awarded Canadian Decoration (CD1), Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and Sovereigns Medal for Volunteers
* married Debbie 1978, two sons Iain (wife Katherine) and Geoffrey, and two grandsons Braeden and William
* Debbie unfortunately passed away to brain cancer 2017
* also a fiddler with a number of local groups, and a drummer for the Ottawa Rube (German) band
2022 Duty Band
The Durham Regional Police Pipes & Drums
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. 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.