Duty Band and Guest of Honour
2023 Duty Band: Almonte Legion Pipe Band
The Almonte Legion Pipe Band, under the direction of Pipe Major Jenny Putinski and through the sponsorship of the Almonte Legion, is a very active group of performers who were re-established and re branded in early 2019. As one of the few non-competitive teaching bands in Ontario, the band enjoys all levels of experience, from absolute beginners to professional players, and welcomes both young and old to its ranks.
With a focus on learning and having fun supporting the community, the Band quickly grew and today it has more than 65 playing and associate members who call Almonte Legion Pipe Band their band.
Although its activities were constrained during Covid with Band practices relegated to online interaction, the Band still found the means to support long-term care homes. They were also able to support other events in the local community, including providing a solo pipers to play at the Almonte Cenotaph over the last year to continue the tradition of honouring the fallen.
But since the health crisis has started to ease, the Band has been able to perform at more public forums such as the Friday night tattoo, and piping-in of the clans at the Maxville Highland Games, a great experience for the renewed Band.
And the future bodes well for the Band, as it will perform at the Cobourg Highland games, contribute to the reinstated Carleton Place Tattoo in June, make another appearance at the Maxville Highland Games and end the summer with appearance in the North Lanark Highland Games as the game’s Duty Band, to name a few of the upcoming events.
Given the challenges of re establishing the Band during the Covid 19 health emergency, the group has been able to maintain it focus, quickly improve its musical abilities and is now ready to represent this
I am very proud of the band and how far we have come in a very short space of time!
PM Jen Putinski