The creation of the Lockerby Highlanders Pipe Band was the brainchild of David Young. In 2006, the pipe band was formed through Laurentian University and was affiliated with the Office of the President. The band began rehearsals in December 2006 and was officially revealed to the public during the 2007 Spring Convocation. As part of the unveiling of the pipe band, Laurentian University also premiered its official Tartan. Laurentian University was only the third university in Canada to have its own pipe band, and the second to have an official tartan.
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.
In 2018, the pipe band formed a new partnership with Royal Canadian Legion Branch 564 Lockerby. The partnership between the pipe band and the Legion allowed for the organization to change once again and form new opportunities to perform and grow its roster. The Lockerby Highlanders has started working with local cadet organizations to teaching piping, drumming, and highland dance. The pipe band continues to support Laurentian University and wears its tartan proudly at all functions.
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.