Code of Conduct

Regimental Pipes and Drums

Code of Conduct for Civilian Members

Purpose and Mission Statement

1.1 Rationale

With the removal of the regular force presence from Calgary, The Calgary Highlanders are one of the very few remaining reminders of Calgary’s military tradition and history. The Pipes and Drums are part of the living history of the Regiment. When the band is on parade, the Regiment is visible. When the band performs well, the Regiment is honoured. In order to promote and perpetuate the Regiment, the Pipes and Drums must maintain a high standard of performance, dress, and deportment. In order to do this on a continuous, sustainable basis, the Pipes and Drums need a supportive infrastructure and a continuous flow of volunteers. Leadership, training, and performance challenges are necessary to maintain high levels of interest and commitment.

1.2 Purpose of the Pipes and Drums of the Calgary Highlanders

To promote and perpetuate with pride and honour the Regiment of The Calgary Highlanders.

1.3 Goals and Objectives:

  • Establish and maintain a solid and respected Regimental presence in the community by:
    • high quality performances at requested functions;
    • competing in local highland games and building our professional image; and
    • performing in parades in Calgary and surrounding communities
  • Maintain the pride and respect the soldiers of the Regiment have in their Pipes, Drums and Dancers by:
    • attending all requested Regimental parades;
    • performing for members of the regiment at celebratory functions; and
    • maintaining high standards as set out by the Regiment.
  • Create and maintain a supportive infrastructure to ensure high quality performances by:
    • working co-operatively with Regimental Command;
    • working co-operatively with the Regimental Funds Foundation;
    • relying on the support of  Canadian Forces School of Music;
    • using effectively, keeping in good condition, and developing sound replacement strategies for our instruments and uniforms;
    • developing a feeder system of young musicians; and
    • attracting and supporting good leadership for the Pipes and Drums
  • Ensure our sustainability by continuously attracting new musicians to act as members of Pipes, Drums and Dancers by:
    • providing training to military standards in performance, dress and deportment;
    • offering an opportunity to build character in an organization with history and promise;
    • providing sound leadership and pride in accomplishment;
    • providing the opportunities and challenges to perform for larger audiences at world-class venues;
    • by providing training and other support to our feeder system.

2. Practice and Performance Expectations

  • The primary reason for participation in the pipe band is to create good performances.  To do this we require co-operation, teamwork and an individual work ethic.  If these factors are not foremost in your mind, then please reconsider your membership in the Pipes, Drums and Dancers. All performers are expected at ALL performances.
  • Practices are held every Wedensday from 7:00pm until 10:00pm unless otherwise determined by the PM. From time to time, as needed, other practices may be called on weekends or other nights depending on performance demands. For dancers, practices will be held twice a month at the Dance Sergeant’s discretion.  This will change each month due to upcoming performances and need.
  • The practice routine is set by the PM. The PM may alter the practice schedule as required by performance demands. All band members are expected to follow these routines for the good of the music and the performance quality of the whole band.
  • Band members are expected to clear their personal schedule in order to set aside the time to attend ALL practices and performances.   If you know you will miss a practice or performance, notify the one of the following:

Pipers          Pipe Major George Shears   OR   Pipe Sergeant Steve Patterson   
Drummers  Drum Sergeant Brian Woodward   
Dancers      Dance Sergeant Brynna Takasugi  

  • It is recognized that there are extenuating circumstances which may preclude you from attending practices or performances, such as:
    • Sickness
    • Schoolwork
    • Work schedules or overtime work
    • Family commitments

The above list is only a guideline. If you miss practices consistently, you will be asked to reconsider your membership in the band.

  • Band members are expected to practice their instruments and/or their music at home in a manner that keeps their instruments and playing proficiency equal to or greater than the demands of the practices. Dancers are expected to practice repertoire dances and new choreographed dances on their own.

3. Behaviour at Practice and Performances

  • The band competes at the Grade III level. All pipers and drummers are expected to compete with the band. The band may also play up to grade II by consensus of the members of the band.
  • All members of the Pipes and Drums are ultimately expected to play and perform in all four types of performances: competition, parades, large and small performances, military functions. Commitment to all types of performances is expected.
  • The band will perform at Regimental and Military functions as ordered by the Commanding Officer. All other performances and appearances will be with the concurrence of the band members.
  • Band Members are wearing a recognized military uniform of an operating regiment in the Canadian Forces. At all times the dress will be worn within the defined guidelines set out by the Regiment. Not doing so can lead to disciplinary action through a complaint mechanism.
  • All band members are expected to behave in a mature, adult fashion.  Members are also reminded of government regulations regarding harassment.  You are expected to create a harassment-free environment during all practices, rehearsals, performances, and functions.
  • With respect to playing with other bands, all members of the Pipes and Drums are expected to place first priority on Calgary Highlander performances. Exceptions can be made with permission of the PM, D/SGT and Dancer Sergeant.

4. Discipline

  • If a band member has not been to practices and/or performances over the period of one month then their name will be given to the PM. Once the PM has the name he will follow procedures for discerning the band member’s interest and status that may lead to the release of the member. A dancer must attend 75% of shows, rehearsals and dance classes. If Band members do not meet attendance requirements. The PM has the right to recall kit and remove the member from the band.
  • If a band member behaves in an objectionable manner, creates disharmony with other band members, or behaves in a way that threatens the safety of band members or the public then that member’s membership in the band may be removed. The Band Council will offer a position, on a case-by-case basis, for any such disciplinary necessity and take the required action.

5. Band Member Selection

All members of the Pipes and Drums are ultimately expected to play and perform in all four types of performances and to follow the Code of Conduct:

The following constitute selection criteria for members of the Pipes and Drums:

  1. able to competently play the music needed for two types of performances (e.g. parades and military functions) – assessed by PM, P/SGT and/or D/SGT
  2. able to competently march and take commands on parade
  3. able to tune and maintain instrument
  4. Band Council recommendation

Kit is issued upon meeting the minimum requirements and the new member has a six-month trial period to complete the full four types of performance. If all four types of performance are not mastered after the trial period, the membership of the musician is reviewed.

A dancer must be able to competently dance all of dance repertoire. A dancer must consistently attend practice, be able to competently march and take commands on parade, and perform all dances excluding choreography.

The PM, Drum Sergeant and Dance Sergeant put forward names of potential new members to the Band Council for selection. The final decision is based on Band Council recommendation. At this time the new member receives kit.

6. Band Member Removal

Under the most usual scenario, Band members will remove themselves if they do not agree with the goals of the Band or when relationships become too difficult to remain. This form of self-selection is common in civilian bands. However, there may be times when Band membership will need to be revoked. The Band Council will assess such circumstances on a case-by-case basis and use the following guidelines:

  1. the Code of Conduct has been breached;
  2. the musician has not met the 6-month performance requirements;
  3. the musician creates a social climate that threatens morale;
  4. a dancer does not meet the stated requirements.

The Band Council will take into account all extenuating circumstances in each case and make recommendations for removal or any remediation steps. All kit, any instrument and all music will be returned by the band member upon request of Band Council.


Approved by Band Council

October, 2003