RCMP 150th Anniversary Pipe Music Book, Maintiens Le Droit, is now available as a PDF.
Due to high demand, the first printing of the book in May 2023 sold out in 24 hours. It is being provided now as a “free” downloadable collection as a means of giving back to the many communities the RCMP serves, including the global community of pipes and drums. This is a not-for-profit endeavour.
Download the RCMP 150th Anniversary Pipe Music Book
Note that the file is large (165 MB), so takes a few minutes to download. Please be patient. If there are any questions, comments or if there is difficulty downloading the PDF book kindly contact Rod Booth at: 150RCMPMusicBook@rcmppipesanddrums.com
Download the book at this link: 150 Pipe Music Book
(L-R) Pipe Major Graeme Ogilvie, RCMP Commissioner Mike Duheme, Drum Major Emeritus Graham Muir – presentation of the RCMP 150th Anniversary pipe music book. Tartan Ball, Maxville, ON, 2023. (photo by Dianna Muir)
MUSIC for the GREAT HIGHLAND BAGPIPE – Compiled by Rod Booth and Charlie King
Released on May 23, 2023 – the 150th Birthday of the RCMP
Celebrating three significant RCMP milestones: the 150th anniversary of the Force, and the 25th anniversary of both the RCMP tartan and the national program of RCMP Community Bands of Pipes and Drums.
- 262 pages, 8.5 x 11, spiral bound,
- 227 traditional and contemporary tunes
- by 79 composers and arrangers,
- 233 photographs/images, and
- the history of both the RCMP pipe bands and RCMP tartan.
In 2023, the RCMP celebrated their 150th anniversary and the 25th anniversary of both the RCMP Tartan and RCMP Community Bands of Pipes and Drums. As part of the commemoration of these two significant milestones, a project was undertaken to collect, produce, and publish an RCMP Pipe Music Collection of original tunes. This is a not-for-profit endeavour.
The call for tunes was a two-pronged process. An initial call, primarily internal to the eight national RCMP pipe bands, took place in January 2021. A second broader call for tunes was done in the spring of 2021 through RCMP publications, piping websites, etc.
To be selected for inclusion in the book, tunes had to be original, and meet one of the following criteria:
• Composed by a former or current RCMP pipe band member
• Composed by a family member of a former or current RCMP employee or RCMP pipe band member
• Dedicated to, or written for a former or current RCMP employee, RCMP pipe band member, or an event/structure with a nexus to the RCMP
In addition to the music, the book includes: an index, composers’ biographies, letters of endorsement from appropriate high-profile persons, a narrative detailing the history of the RCMP, the RCMP tartan, RCMP Pipes and Drums, Regimental Bugle Calls and photographs.