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Pipe Major (Master Warrant Officer) Iain W. Lang, CD

Master Warrant Officer Iain W. Lang, CD, BSc
416-805-3973 Cell
e-mail: iain @

Drum Major (Warrant Officer) Christopher E. Reesor, CD

Warrant Officer Chris E. Reesor, CD

Band Mailing Address

Pipes and Drums
48th Highlanders of Canada
130 Queen Street East
Toronto, Ontario, M5A 1R9
Voice: (416) 635-4440
Fax: (416) 635-2766

Join Up!

We always welcome new members. You do not have to join the Canadian Forces to play with the 48th Highlanders of Canada Pipes and Drums. We do encourage our members to consider this option which allows them the participate in all military activities and training offered by the Canadian Forces.

If you are looking for a serious-minded and busy pipe band, then you'll feel at home with us.


Practices are held Tuesdays from 1930 hrs to 2200 hrs at Moss Park Armoury, at the corner of Queen Street and Jarvis Street in downtown Toronto.

If you are interested in attending, please contact us.

Learn To Play

The 48th Highlanders Pipes and Drums is also committed to teaching serious beginners on pipes or drums. All beginners are encouraged to seek out private lessons. Several members of the pipe band teach both bagpipes and drums privately and welcome committed students. Contact Pipe Major Iain Lang for more information.


From the Beginning of the 48th Highlanders there have been pipers present. Pipers Charles Munro and George Murray were the first two company pipers. They played while Captain Henderson drilled the men at Bailey's Hall.

It has been said that an efficient pipe band is the pride of every commanding officer of a highland regiment. It was for this reason Pipe Major Robert Ireland, reputed to be the best piper on the continent, was recruited to serve as the first Pipe Major of the 48th Highlanders in 1891. During his tenure, the band was fully organized with a total strength of 19; 14 pipers and 5 drummers.

Subsequent to Pipe Major Ireland, the band has had a succession of highly qualified pipe majors. Mr. Norman MacSwayed replaced Pipe Major Ireland in 1895. Pipe Major MacSwayed was an accomplished Piobaireached player in Scotland. In 1900, Mr. Farquhar Beaton became Pipe Major. Pipe Major Beaton was a successful instructor and introduced the playing of parts in pipe bands in Canada.

In 1913, James Fraser was recruited from the Gordon Highlanders to take over as Pipe Major after serving 21 years as a piper with the Gordon Highlanders seeing action in India. Pipe Major Fraser would remain as Pipe Major for 39 years teaching many students and supplying Canada with a wealth of well tutored players. In 1952, Archie Dewar, CD took over as Pipe Major followed by Ross Stewart, MMM, CD in 1965, CWO Reay MacKay, CD in 1975, and CWO Alexander (Sandy) Dewar, MMM, CD in 1985.

The 48th have played at the Toronto Maple Leafs opening Hockey game since 1931 and became a fixture at Maple Gardens on Opening Night. In 1999, the Band lead the parade from Maple Leaf Gardens to the new home of the Toronto Maple Leafs, The Air Canada Centre, where they continue to play for the opening hockey game each season.

The Pipes and Drums are currently have a nominal role that includes both military and volunteer civilian members. The band has excelled in both civilian and military duties, becoming world famous for their unique abilities.

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