The Laurentian Pipe Band and the official Laurentian University tartan were formally launched by past university president, Dr. Judith Woodsworth, during the spring convocation on Tuesday, May 29, 2007. Since then, the pipe band has led every procession of graduates and dignitaries at LU convocation ceremonies as well as the convocation of graduates from the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (an affiliated institution).
Laurentian is only the second university in Ontario to design its own tartan (after Queen’s University in Kingston). The Laurentian University kilt was designed with the colours of the university’s crest (blue and gold) and incorporates the Ramsay family tartan. Laurentian is the third post-secondary institution in Ontario to have its own pipe band (along with Queen’s University and the Royal Military College). In 2012 the pipe band acquired new pipe-bags (right) incorporating Laurentian's new crest.
The creation of pipe band was the brainchild of, then third-year music student, David Young (currently the Band Manager and Drum Sergeant). Preparation began in September 2006 and, with the support of the President’s Office, rehearsals began that December. The band is comprised of students, faculty and community members who are interested serving as musical ambassadors for Laurentian University.
The band has evolved over the years supporting various community events. These include the annual Fall and Spring Convocation ceremonies for Laurentian University, the Great Sudbury Celtic Festival and Highland Games, Remembrance Day ceremonies in Sudbury and Espanola, Canada Day festivities, Santa Claus parade, the Diabetes Walk to Cure, Hike for Hospice and the CIBC Run for the Cure to name a few. The band has also had the privilege of playing for dignitaries including Dr. David Suzuki, the Right Honourable Jean Chrétien, Laurentian University Chancellor Mme. Aline Chretien, Chief of Defense Staff General Walt Natynczyk, Jack Layton, federal leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada and Governor General Michaëlle Jean.
The band continues to change and evolve. We're always looking for new musicians and dancers. If you're interested in joining, or would like to learn more, please feel free to contact us.
Band members with the late Jack Layton, leader of the federal New Democratic Party at the Massey Fair, August 2011.