About the Bands
The Simon Fraser University Pipe Band is the flagship band of the SFU/RMM Pipe Band organization. Terry and Jack Lee have led the band since 1981, with Terry retiring in 2013 and transfering the Pipe Majorship to Alan Bevan. Lead Drummer Reid Maxwell has led the drum corps since 1992. Jack and Reid are the chief piping and drumming instructors of the RMM pipe bands. The SFU Pipe Band has won 6 World Championships and produced many landmark recordings in the world's great concert halls, such Carnegie Hall, the Sydney Opera House, and Lincoln Center. Many of the members of this band as well as the Grade 2 RMM are instructors in the organization.
The RMM Grade 3A Pipe Band won the World Pipe Band Championships for their grade in August 2012, and the band was upgraded to Grade 2 by the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association in October 2012. In 2006, the Grade 2 band won the Grade 2 World Championship.
RMM made its first appearance in Grade 3 for the 1996 season after placing first in 8 of 10 grade 4 competitions in the 1995 season. The band went on to compete at the World Pipe Band Championships in 1997 and took 2nd. With members aging out, this band continually changes, but with instruction from Jack and Terry Lee and Reid Maxwell, the Grade 3 bands placed 1st in the Juvenile World Pipe Band Championships every second year from 1999 to 2005!
For the first time ever, the 2012 RMM Grade 4 travelled to Scotland to compete at the World Pipe Band Championships, where the band placed 3rd in the Novice Juvenile category. Players in the Grade 4 band also do the local circuit of highland games and play a medley selection and a quick marches set. This band is where pipers and drummers hone their skills and prepare for the Grade 3 band.
For the past few years, RMM has fielded a very young Grade 5 band in local highland games. It is an excellent opportunity for the next generation of pipers and drummers to gain playing experience in public, and an introduction to the pressures of competing. They compete with a march medley selection.
The RMM organization starts children from "lesson one" in bagpipes, snare drum, tenor drum or bass. We have developed a curricula designed to give children the best possible combination of skills and fun while they learn the fundamentals of their chosen instrument.