Cobourg Police are continuing to expand their community work and they wanted a Pipe Band. Who better than the Cobourg Legion Pipes and Drums? At an awards dinner at the Lions centre last Wednesday, Chief Kai Liu announced the new partnership. Police will provide the band with new kilts in the recently approved Cobourg Tartan (see link below) and will provide other ongoing assistance. The Band will retain their affiliation with the Legion but will have two official names: The Cobourg Legion Pipes and Drums (and as band member Lorrie Krebs put it) “but when needed, we are Cobourg Police Services Pipes and Drums”. Apart from a new tartan, they will also use a newly labelled drum with the new name.
The Band expects that depending on the event, they will wear current kilts and use the current drum or the new kilts and the new drum (photo at right) – same faces and players, different look and affiliation!
In 2015, the Band asked Council for support but was turned down (see link below) so the help from the Police will be welcome. The Town often asks them to perform – e.g. on November 11 each year and for the visit of the HMCS Goose Bay – and they also provide entertainment independently. I particularly liked their Flash Mob on August 28, 2017 on the Cobourg east pier. See the video below. They started with Highland Cathedral and finished with the old favourite Amazing Grace.
They also provided a piper to “Pipe the Sun Down” in the summer of 2016.
A great asset to the Town and now “Two bands in one”.
Video of Flash Mob
- Cobourg’s Pipe Band asks Town for support – 17 March 2015
- Unique Tartan for Cobourg Unveiled – 28 October 2017
- Lorrie Krebs Facebook
Notification of Change from Ian McFarlane
Ian McFarlane, representative of the Band, said in an email to me:
The pipe band has extended its reach in the community by becoming, in addition to the Legion Band, the Police Services band. This was made public at their [the Police] Annual Retirement and Recognition dinner last Wednesday.
He provided a report he wrote on the subject.