The Clan MacNaughton Pipe Band
The Clan MacNaughton Pipe Band was formed in
Edmonton in 1972 and is one of the oldest
continuously existing bands in the city. It took its
name and its tartan from the clan affiliation of its first
Pipe Major, Jim Porter. The Band has always been
self-supporting since its inception.
By 1973, the Band boasted more than 20 pipers and
drummers. Over the years, that number fluctuated
significantly, going to just 4 active members in the mid-
1980's to the 29 members it enjoys today. Initially,
most of the Band's playing members were young
people. However, in the mid-1980's the Band's Board
of Directors decided to shift its efforts away from being
a teaching band, with a priority to teach young people
the skills of piping and drumming appropriate to a
pipe band, to that of a marching band for adults who
already possessed those skills.
Over the years, the Band has performed on many
occasions in Edmonton. It has taken part in several
Klondyke Days parades and entertained people in a
number of seniors' residences as well as in the
Glenrose Hospital from time to time. And for the past
several years it has taken part in the St. Andrew's Day
celebrations at the St. Andrew's Senior Home in the
city. The Band also formed a part of the massed pipe
bands organized taking part in the opening
ceremonies of the Commonwealth Games in 1978
and the Universiade Games in 1983. It also was a
part of the massed pipe bands that took part in the
very rainy celebrations during Queen Elizabeth's visit
to the province's centennial celebrations in 2005.
In addition, the Band has always played in other
communities in the province, from as far as Pincher
Creek in the south to Grande Prairie in the north and
to many other smaller communities closer to the city.
And until recently, the Band has performed at the
Remembrance Day ceremonies held by the Branch
No. 39 of the Royal Canadian Legion in Vegreville
virtually every year since the Band was formed. In
1976, the band traveled to Scotland for a month-long
excursion, where it performed in Strathaven, East
Kilbride, competed at the Highland Games in Hawick,
and took in the world famous Edinburgh Tattoo.
During its 36 year existence, seven individuals have
led the Band as pipe major, including the current
incumbent, Patricia Gregoire. The Band has had
three drum majors, including Derek McKay, the current
holder of that position. The Band has been very well
served by just four quartermasters, including the
latest, Bonnie Ewasyshyn, and Ricky McKee, who
served from 1976 to 2007.
For many years, Stewart Russell, one of the Band's
many pipe majors, organized and ran the Ellerslie
Highland Games on behalf of the Edmonton Scottish
Society, as well as the Fort Edmonton Highland
Games in conjunction with the Alberta Caledonian
Pipe Band. Throughout that time, members of the
Band served as stewards or in administrative
capacities at these games.
If you would like to see your pipe band featured in
one of our newsletters, send us an email with a band
photo and a short write up about the band. Feel free
to offer some tips or advice that has been proved
useful to your band. Include any links or videos that
you would like us to post.
Clan MacNaughton Website
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We have added a new "Video Clip of the Month"
feature to our email newsletters.
This Month's Clip:
Hippo and Bagpipe Dog
Oil, Stretch, Repeat!
Do you suffer from pain in your thumb, index and
middle finger? There is a chance that you could be
suffering from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
CTS is a medical condition in which the median nerve
is compressed at the wrist, leading to pain in the
hand. This condition often effects people who do
repetitive activites with their hands, including Bagpipe
Although there is virtually no way to completely get rid
of the symptoms short of surgery, there are several
things that one can do to minimize the irritation.
Simple stretches, massages, and wrist exercises can
help to relieve the pain. We recommend using the
NSD powerball, which is great for exercising your
wrists, hands, fingers, arms, and shoulders.
Many people wear braces on their wrists and hands at
night to keep their hands in a relaxed position.
There are several oils and creams such as Bengay,
Icy Hot and Tiger Balm that can be used to isolate and
soothe the pain. Even Vitamin B6 and B12 are said to
In some instances, Cortisone shots were found to
offer some relief. As previously mentioned, surgery
has been found to have great results, although many
people try to avoid having to go to that level. It is
always a good idea to consult your doctor.
There are many "remedies" to help to ease the pain of
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. If you have any home
remedies, or have found a great way to ease the pain,
tell us about it & we'll spread the word!!