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#50 Reid McKim

Reid’s father had been a piper with the Lucknow Pipe Band, and for a time was the

secretary-treasurer of the band. So it was in one more way that Reid followed in his footsteps, becoming a piper himself. He ended up having a varied piping background playing for the following bands: Lucknow, Scots Fusiliers of Canada, A/29 Infantry Training Centre, Oakville Legion, St Thomas, Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa and eventually the Kemptville Legion Br212.

The authority to form a band in Kemptville was passed at the regular meeting of the Kemptville Legion Branch 212 on the 22nd of March 1959 with Ralph Munro of Oxford Mills to be its first Pipe Major. Ralph eventually had to resign as Pipe Major due to ill health, but kept an interest in the band as long as he lived. The heritage that Ralph Munro passed on to the community of Kemptville (North Grenville) is one of which Kemptville is very proud. Reid McKim took over as the Pipe Major from Ralph in approximately 1967. He planned to assume the position for just one year but, like many others who get talked into the Pipe Major job, he carried on long after following a great consultation with Pipe Major Munro. [...]


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