We are very fortunate that we  have the Hamilton Police Service as a valued supporter of our efforts to maintain our band of our size and wish to show appreciation for their support here on our website

Thank you !! 


Hamilton Police Pipe Band was formed in 1961, and at that time, it was for only participating police officers.

The first Pipe Major was Gord Macfarlane, followed by Sandy Keith, George Henderson, Sandy Keith for his second term, Don Forgan, Trish Kirkwood and our current PM is John Elliott.

Hamilton Police Pipe Band at first, had no kilted uniforms and wore the police uniforms in the interim. The official uniform kilts today were fashioned after those of the Glasgow Police Pipe Band, who wore the Prince Charles Edward Stuart tartan. We are proud to say that Hamilton Police Pipe Band is currently the only police band in Canada to wear this tartan that dates back to the Jacobean era some time prior to the battle of Culloden in 1746.

Hamilton Police Pipe Band is also the third oldest police pipe band in Canada.

Over the years, we have had many successful seasons competing in Grade 5, Grade 4 and Grade 3.  Currently, our organization is running both Grade 5 and Grade 3 music programs. 

The following is a brief outline of our most recent successes as a highly competitive pipe band organization since 2011:

  • Grade 5 Canadian Champions (three times)
  • Grade 5 North American Champions (twice)
  • Grade 5 PPBSO Champion Supreme Winner (twice)
  • Grade 4 Canadian Champions
  • Grade 4 Nova Scotia Pipe Band Champions
  • Grade 4 Atlantic Canada Pipe Band Champions
  • Grade 4 PPBSO Champion Supreme Winner  (Three times)

The competitions participated in for the most part are organized and sanctioned by the PPBSO organization we are registered with.

These competitions are typically held in conjunction with Highland Games festivals across Ontario

  • Georgetown
  • Coburg
  • Embro
  • Kincardine
  • Cambridge
  • Kingsville
  • Maxville
  • Fergus


The Band

Establish in 1961

Our Proud Sponsor


Links to: PPBSO Ontario & RSPBA Scotland

Our tartan

PRINCE CHARLES EDWARD STEWART - several tartans are linked with Prince Charles Edward Stewart however this best known is a version of Royal Stewart with the larger area of red reduced.