Before the Ottawa Branch of the Pipers' and Pipe Band Society of Ontario (PPBSO) there existed the Ottawa Piping Club. Founded in 1968, it ran as a club “to encourage the playing of the Great Highland Bagpipe and help perpetuate its music”. The club had its humble beginnings in September 1968 with meetings held in the Sergeants’ Mess of the Cartier Square Drill Hall, immortalized at the time with a 6/8 march written by H. Anderson, appended at the end of this article.
The first slate of officers included P/M Sam Scott as President, Vice-President P/M George Buchanan, Secretary Jack Coghill Sr, Treasurer Richard Cameron, Club Piper Charlie Bell, and committee members George Robertson, P/M John MacKenzie and Finlay Dingwall. Annual membership fees were $2.00.