History of the Glenaura Pipes & Drums


     The Glenaura Pipes & Drums were founded in October of 1990. Pipe Major Bill MacLeod and Pipe Major Tommy Thompson were the founders of the band. Pipe Major MacLeod had a long and distinguished career of piping and teaching in Manitoba; Pipe Major Thompson was a member of the storied Shotts & Dykehead Band in Scotland and also a leader of top flight bands in Canada.

     The band was comprised of many young pipers and drummers in the beginning, but under the leadership of the Pipe Majors the band moved from Grade 4 to Grade 3 and finally to Grade 2 in five years.

     Mr. MacLeod became Pipe Major Emeritus in 1994, with Pipe Major Thompson becoming the active leader and setting the musical direction of the band.

     Over the next number of years, the band competed in Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and Minnesota. The band has won many awards at numerous competitions, including taking top honours in Grade 2 at Calgary and Canmore one year.

     In 2001 the band was taken over by Pipe Major Leigh Ward as Pipe Major Thompson had become quite ill. Shortly thereafter, Pipe Major Thompson passed away and the band was honoured to play at his funeral.

     Pipe Major Leigh Ward is our Pipe Major to this present day. The band currently plays in competitions, concerts, parades and performances. We are available for functions, if you would like to hire/contact the band.