Parliamentarians marked the birthday of Scotland’s most celebrated poet with a bit of Brant flavour, thanks to a little help from the Paris Port Dover Pipe Band.
The tartan-kilted pipe band performed on Parliament Hill on Wednesday during a belated Robbie Burns Day dinner and celebration hosted by Speaker of the House Andrew Scheer.
The band’s performance capped off an evening of celebration that included a traditional Selkirk grace, the piping of the haggis and a recitation of Burns’ poetry.
“Our band has performed in some of the world’s most iconic platforms, but there was something special about this unique experience,” said Paris Port Dover Pipe Band pipe major Gord Black. “We’re thrilled that the speaker provided our band with this wonderful opportunity.”
The Paris Port Dover Pipe Band has garnered a reputation for excellence, performing locally, nationally and internationally. In addition to numerous stage performances in Paris, Brantford and Port Dover, the band has taken the stage at the Marymass Festival in Scotland, the Calgary Stampede, the Virginia International Military Tattoo, Mount Rushmore and the Crete Music Festival.
The band even had a brush with a Beatle, performing alongside Paul McCartney during a concert at the Air Canada Centre in 2010.
“This is a band that has achieved unparalleled excellence in the performance of Scottish music,” said Brant MP Phil McColeman. “It was a real treat for them to make the trip up to Ottawa to give MPs the opportunity to hear piping and drumming at its very best.”