After two parade-less years and practices held over Zoom, the Delta Police Pipe Band is back, hosting its first concert since 2019.
Celtic Gala 2022 will also feature performances from the award-winning Christie Highland Dancers, the globetrotting Magee Chamber Choir, and the Irish-American music group Blackthorn. Upon arrival guests will be greeted by the beautiful sounds of harp soloist Leanne Page.
The concert will be held on Friday, Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m. at South Delta Baptist Church.
Tickets cost $40 each or $35 if bought before Sept. 15. VIP tickets, which include reserved parking, prime seating, a Delta Police Pipe Band keepsake and a chance to win time on the Delta Police Department training simulator are $100. Admission is free for youth 12 and under.
Tickets can be purchased in person from Grapes4U or online on the DPPB’s website.
The COVID-19 pandemic largely suspended the band’s activities, including the annual Robbie Burns supper, which serves as a vital fundraiser for the group. While not able to play in person, the band was far from idle during pandemic lockdowns, celebrating its 50th anniversary and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with virtual concerts.
As restrictions loosened over the summer the band was able to take part in some sorely missed community events including the May Days Parade, Canada Day celebrations, the North Delta Family Day Parade, the Tsawwassen Sun Festival and the Boundary Bay Airshow.
With this concert the public has the opportunity to more intimately see and hear the band as well as some other standout performances.
“It's a new day, it's coming out of COVID and getting together with the community,” said bagpiper Ian MacDonald who also serves as one of the concert’s organizers.
The concert also aims to help the band pay for uniforms, instruments, and enable the band to represent the City of Delta on the world stage. The band hopes to perform at the Belfast International Tattoo in 2023. More than paying the bills though, the concert serves the band’s core purpose.
“The band exists to perform for the community, that's our whole reason for being here,” added Pipe Major Steve Ramsden. “We have not been able to do that for the past three years because of the pandemic, so this is our first opportunity to get out and do what we're designed to do.”