Royal Scots O'Mocha - Memoirs 2010...

2010 in Review...

Mocha’s very own pipe band, the Royal Scots has had another successful year. With flurries in the air, we are anticipating our usual round of Santa Claus Parades, and reminiscing about our accomplishments in 2010.

The band has had a busy time and has enjoyed a lot of fun along the way. Last Christmas we braved the elements and enthusiastically played in four Christmas parades. Sometimes the weather is challenging, but one of the highlights of the season was a post parade party at John and Brenda Johnston’s farm. We think John’s haggis is the best ever! In December we met at the Shrine Centre for our annual Christmas banquet. After a lovely dinner, we were entertained musically by some of our members and, of course, played the horserace game.

Our first event of the New Year the Annual Robbie Burns Scottish Appreciation Night hosted by Kilwinning Lodge. In March we joined several other Shrine units for a fund raiser at the John Labbatt Centre. In April, our music Director, Ken Webster encouraged our participation in the Kiwannis Music festival which was a new and challenging experience for the band.

In May, we played along the course for the Forest City Road Races, a race run to support the Thames Valley Children’s Centre. The runners could hear the pipes from some distance away and were very enthusiastic when they arrived at the band location. Impromptu highland dancing broke out among a few participants! Later in the month we were invited by the Dutch Consulate to participate in the 65th Anniversary of the Liberation of the Netherlands, held at the Cenotaph in downtown London. That afternoon, we gathered in celebration of Bill Middlemiss’ 80th birthday...but who’s counting?!

In June we played in the parade for the Spring Ceremonial in Waterloo, Ontario, followed, later in the month, by one of our favourite events, the Kilwinning Sunrise Breakfast, held this year at the RCR Barracks.

In July, some of us played with a massed Shrine pipe band down University Avenue in Toronto to lead the parade for the Imperial Session being held there. Not only was it the hottest day of the year, we were competing for the crowds with Her Majesty, The Queen!!!

This year we were invited to play, with several other bands, at the Ingersoll Pipe Band Tattoo held in honour of their 100th Anniversary. Many Royal Scots play or have played with the Ingersoll Band and we were honoured to be included in the celebrations. Our summer season ended with parades in both Bothwell and in Rodney for their Fall Fair.

We are always interested in welcoming new members to our unit. We practice on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. If you are a piper or a drummer who may want to participate in our band, please call Charlie Thomson, Unit Director, (519) 537-8585, Ken Webster, Music Director, (519) 686-0938, or Stew Watt, Secretary, (519) 472-4879, for more information.