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Our History

The Triumph Street Pipe Band, wearing the MacLean of Duart Weathered tartan, was established in 1971 by former pupils of Pipe Major Malcolm Nicholson, C.M., of the Vancouver Police Pipe Band. Malcolm lived at 3460 Triumph Street in Vancouver, British Columbia, and the band's name was chosen as a tribute to all of the hard work he did in building the band.

Throughout the 1970's and early 80's, the band ranked among the best in the world and, under the leadership of P/M Hal Senyk and L/D William McErlean, Triumph Street placed 5th in Grade 1 at the 1979 World Pipe Band Championships and was the first band outside of Scotland to win a major prize when it won "The Sash" for best drum corps. In 1982, the tenth anniversary of the band, the Triumph Street Pipe Band was incorporated as a society.

The society's Constitution and Bylaws stand as a reminder of the bands continuing goals, which include "national and international cooperation in piping".

Due to declining membership, Triumph Street became relatively inactive on the competition scene, and did not compete in 2006. In an attempt to return the band to its former Grade One form, the band's executive committee - which includes former president Kirsten MacKenzie, treasurer Tricia Chisamore, secretary Rob Baikie, former L/D Bruce Roane, and founding member and former Pipe Major Sandy Marshall - approached David Hilder in December 2006 with a gracious offer to have him lead the Triumph Street Pipe Band.

On January 4, 2007, at the band's AGM, Pipe Major David Hilder, Lead Drummer Andre Tessier and Pipe Sergeant Shaunna Hilder were officially ratified as the new leaders of the Vancouver-based Triumph Street Pipe Band. The new roster includes the remaining members of the Grade 2 World Pipe Band Champions, past RMM members, and new members. 2007 was a successful year for the new edition of the band, resulting in both the 2007 Grade 2 North American Championship and the BCPA Grade 2 Grand Aggregate Award.

In September 2007, DOWCO became an official corporate sponsor of the band, resulting in a concert and competition name change. The Dowco Triumph Street Pipe Band are proud to include Dowco's name in their identity.

On December 30, 2007, the BCPA board approved the recommendations from a panel of experts (both within the BCPA, PPBSO and the RSPBA) with a unanimous vote to promote the Dowco Triumph Street Pipe Band to Grade 1. This new edition of the band looks forward to continuing the legacy of the Triumph Street Pipe Band of the early 1970s.

In 2008, the Dowco Triumph Street Pipe Band adopted the Nicholson crest badge (see above) in honour of Malcolm Nicholson. The motto, "Generositate non ferocitate" ("By generosity not ferocity") reflects the goals of the band membership.