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Settling In: Highlighting 50 Years of Kitimat's History

Kitimat Pipe Band

Pipe Major Jack Geddis taught pipers in Kitimat and founded the band in 1960.  The Thom Family of Lakelse Dairy and the Royal Canadian Legion sponsored the Band.  Members also raised $10,000 through raffles, dances, and other events to purchase uniforms tailored in Scotland.  The Buchanan tartan was chosen.

In the early years before the cenotaph was constructed at City Centre, the Pipe Band would march from the fire hall to the high school for the Remembrance Day ceremony in the gymnasium.  The band also piped in the July 1st parades, at installations of executive officers for the Legion, and was well known and well-traveled throughout the Pacific Northwest.  The band performed at the PNE in Vancouver, the Kelowna Regatta, the Penticton Peach Festival, Ketchikan, Alaska Fourth of July celebration, Smither's Fall Fair, and occasions in Terrace and Prince Rupert.  Members piped in the haggis annually at the Burns' Night banquet and dance, in celebration of the birth of poet Robert Burns.

Jack Geddis retired in the mid-1960s and left for his former home, Belfast, Ireland.  Twenty-five pipers and drummers were on hand at the Terrace Airport to pipe him aboard his plane.

Ron Marshall became Pipe Major and his son joined the band.  When Ron moved to Kelowna, Bill Hickey became Pipe Major. Mr. Geddis' daughter Moreen Geddis Graham joined the band.  Mr. Geddis's sons-in-law, Drum Sergeant Ron Graham and Side Drummer Bob Tinsley were also in the Band.  With younger members leaving for college, the Kitimat Pipe Band eventually folded circa 1968. 

Kitimat Pipe Band

In formation on Haisla Boulevard outside the Public Safety Building before the start of the Remembrance Day march to the cenotaph ceremony at Mount Elizabeth Secondary School.

Pipe Band Performing at Pryde Motors

Performing at Pryde Automotive Ltd. for the arrival of the new cars, 1964. 

Kitimat Pipe Band

Performing at Kitimat's new indoor rink - precision on slippery ice!

Pipe Band Formal Portrait

Kitimat Pipe Band formal portrait, November 15, 1964. 

Piper Major Jack Geddis Piping

Jack Geddis pipes for the last trip of the Canadian Pacific steamship, Princess Patricia, 1966. Pipe Major Geddis formed the Kitimat Pipe Band in 1960.