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During the evening of June 2, 2022 the Northwest Territorial Pipe Band performed a series of tunes, including Diu Regnare as part of a Commonwealth-wide commemoration of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's 70-year reign on the throne, including the throne of Canada. The Queen is Canada's head of state and she is also Head of the Commonwealth. Pipers and drummers included P/M Lori Clark, Lorie Crawford, Karen Clark, Jennifer Zhu, Floyd Adlem, Ian Rennie, Brad Heath and Ryan Gordon. The photo above is by Leslie Wakelyn.
The Pipe Band performed first in front of the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories and then again in Somba K'e Park by the "United in Celebration" statue. The Prince of Wales Northern Cultural Heritage Centre is in the background, across Frame Lake.
Diu Regnare is a tune that was composed by well-known piper Stuart Liddell. The Band started learning this tune in September. For a Grade 4 Band, this was a significant undertaking.
While the statistics are still being compiled, nearly 2,000 pipers and drummers participated from 450 bands in 35 countries and spanning 22 time zones. We suspect we were the most northerly pipe band.
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For the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, the "Queen's Platinum Jubilee Beacon Tart" has been concocted. It includes:
- cheddar cheese (to represent England);
- smoked salmon (to represent Scotland);
- potatoes (to represent Northern Ireland);
- leeks (to represent Wales).
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Three pipers of the Northwest Territorial Pipe Band (NTPB) had the honour of piping for His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales and Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall in Yellowknife on 19 May 2022. The royal couple greeted Yellowknifers at the dedication ceremony for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee Garden, located between the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Headquarters and Joint Task Force North buildings.
The pipers were Pipe Major Lori Clark and pipers Brad Heath and Ryan Gordon. Pipe Major Lori Clark and piper Brad Heath met the Prince who spoke to them briefly about the pipe band and NWT tartan. Unfortunately piper Ryan Gordon was still in the room set aside for us to warm up and tune our pipes.
His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales is the eldest son of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and is the heir to the throne. He will eventually become King and the Duchess will eventually become the Queen Consort. Canada is a constitutional monarchy and the Sovereign is the constitutional head of state of Canada and a number of other countries of the Commonwealth including Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
Top Photo: three pipers in a selfie with Major Conrad Schubert as we wait to pipe in front of Joint Task Force North. Conrad is our Master of Ceremonies (MC) extraordinaire for the NTPB's annual Robert Burns Dinner & Dance and also the officer who gave us our cue to pipe on May 19th. Pipers are, from left, Brad Heath, Ryan Gordon and Pipe Major Lori Clark.
Bottom Photo: Piper Brad Heath shakes hands with Charles, Prince of Wales in the Joint Task Force North (JTFN) lobby.
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Covid restrictions on playing wind instruments indoors were lifted in the NWT as of April 1. The Band has already started practising in person, carrying out maintenance and rebuilding our stamina. New tunes are now being practised on the pipes, including Diu Regnare (Queen's Platinum Jubilee) for June 2, 2022 (The Queen's Platinum Jubilee).
Are you interested in learning to play the Great Highland Bagpipes? Lessons for adults begin 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12th in Yellowknife. In addition to offering group piping lessons for adults, the NWTPB also has an experienced piper willing to teach private lessons for youth in her home.
We are one of the few bands that offer basic lessons.
For more details contact NWT Pipe Band .
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The Northwest Territorial Pipe Band is currently learning a new bagpiping tune Diu Regnare, composed by well-known Scottish piper Stuart Liddell.
This tune was composed specifically for the platinum anniversary of the coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 2, on June 2, 1952 (so the anniversary is a sunset on June 2, 2022).
The plan is for the Band to play this tune at sunset on June 2, 2022.
The first link below includes the sheet music and a sound file of the tune on the pipes. The second link is the tune with a drum score. Pipers and drummers who intend to play this tune should register at on the third website listed. The remaining sites relate to activities for the Platinum Jubilee and the last site is a reminder of the role of the Governor General, the Queen's representative for Canada.
- Stuart Liddell Plays Diu Regnare (He is the tune's composer) *NEW
- Diu Regnare | Stuart Liddell (Sheet music and performed on the pipes)
- 6/8 March: Diu Regnare (Long to Reign) - Bing video (Drum score)
- Piping & Drumming the Queens Platinum Jubilee (mailchi.mp) (Registration form)
- The-Queens-Platinum-Jubilee-Beacons-Guide.pdf (slcc.co.uk) (General guide on the Platinum Jubilee Beacons Guide)
- The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee 2022 (UK Government Site)
- The Queen's Platinum Jubilee | The Royal Family (Royal Family Site)
- Role | The Governor General of Canada (gg.ca)