In 1997 a small group of civic minded individuals paid a visit to the 78th Fraser Highlanders in Vancouver, B.C. This visit resulted in the formation of a Vancouver, WA Garrison of the 78th Frasers. (ref. Shortly after the formation of the Garrison, a pipe band was assembled by the late Bob Pauley, a life long Vancouver resident and prominent public servant, and P/M Charlie Anderson, founding member of the Vancouver, WA Garrison.

In June of 2000, the pipe band separated from the 78th Frasers to become the Fort Vancouver Pipe Band. The new, independent, band allowed us to better reflect and serve our location here in southwest Washington. Shortly after the incorporation of the FVPB in August of 2000, we adopted the Washington State tartan for our kilts, fully cementing our connection to our home base. By proclamation of Mayor Royce Pollard in November of 2000, we are the “Official Pipe Band” of the City of Vancouver.

Since our beginning, we have maintained a close association with the Fort Vancouver Historic Reserve. We originally practiced in the Auditorium on the Fort grounds, and then moved our practice to the Pearson Air Museum. Then in 2005 we moved to our current practice location at the Army Reserve Band building, adjacent to the auditorium. Whenever requested, we support activities at the Reserve, by playing traditional Scottish bagpipe music. After all, the original settlement of this area was by the Hudson’s Bay Company, with the early outpost led by Dr. John McLoughlin. So, this region has been exposed to Scottish culture from the very beginning of European settlement.

Because of the military connections in the area and because several of our members are veterans, the band has felt a very strong motivation to support our active and veteran forces and our local and regional police and firefighters. We seldom decline an invitation to perform for military or civil functions. We have played in Memorial Day ceremonies and the Vancouver Veterans’ Day parade every year since our formation.

Through the course of the years since our formation we have performed from Puyallup, WA in the north to Albany, OR in the south and from as far east as Stevenson, WA to the Pacific Coast at Tillamook and Astoria, OR. We generally are performing two or three times a month in most months for both public and private events. So, we keep busy.
We are a non-profit corporation registered in the State of Washington and hold an IRS 501(c)3 designation allowing us to accept tax deductible donations.

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