Pipes and Drums
The band, formerly called the OPP Pipes and Drums, was formed in 1968 by Prov. Consts. Robert Stevens and Martin DeSilguy of the Nipigon detachment. It began as a small unit which played at local community events and police functions. Support and encouragement rose from several quarters and the band was soon participating in events in north-west Ontario. In 1974, the band was officially recognized. During the 1970s and 1980s, the band appeared before thousands of spectators in Canada and the U.S., gaining wide acceptance as OPP ambassadors when some performances were aired on international television.
Sadly, in 1991, due to economic realities, the OPP Pipes and Drums, the band which had mesmerized audiences at parades and exhibitions for more than two decades, was no more. In 1994, after a three year absence, the idea was explored to use volunteers: officers, auxiliary officers and civilians, to re-form a pipe band. On August 19, 1994, the Commissioner's Own Pipes and Drums marched to the beat of the bass drum for the first time since the spring of 1991.
Today's unit is comprised of civilians and uniformed members, men and women from various parts of the province. The decision to permit community members to join the band has enabled the band to, once again, reach a high musical standard for which the previous band was known.
Requests for performances should be made by the summer for the following performance year. Outdoor performance schedule runs from May to October.
All performance requests are to be directed to:
OPP Community Relations @ 705 329-6860 or via e-mail at
For information on our guidelines for purchasing and wearing the Ontario Provincial Police kilt for non-band members, please click here.