Band History

The 33rd. Halifax Service Battalion Volunteer Pipes & Drums Society, was formed in 1977.
We are sponsored by the 33rd. Service Battalion, Halifax.
The Battalion has official authorization by the province of Nova Scotia, to wear the Nova Scotia tartan, so the band members proudly wear the Nova Scotia tartan kilt.

The band is under the direction of Pipe Major Barb Stewart  , and meets every Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m. at Willow Park, Halifax.
New members are always welcome.

The band is very active, making as many as 25 appearances in a season covering the province from Pugwash to Yarmouth.

We have also made several appearances in the Nova Scotia International Tattoo , and a number of members will again be participating in this years event to be held the first week of July at the Metro Centre in Halifax.

The band has also competed Grade IV in Maxville Ontario in 1990, and as high as Grade III locally in 1994.
Please check the schedule  to find out where you can see and hear the band this year.

Our Tartan

The Nova Scotia Tartan was the first provincial tartan in Canada.

It reflects the profound contribution of the Scots to the founding of Nova Scotia, and the pioneer settlement of the old Royal Province.

The very name Nova Scotia resounds with early Scottish colonial ambition; in Jacobean Latin it meant New Scotland.

Being one among many large groups of settlers in the 18th and 19th centuries, the Scots brought with them the powerful lore of the Highlands.

From this, the folk art revival of the present century brought forth Nova Scotia’s recent emblem.

Originally designed in1953 by Mrs. Bessie Murray for the agricultural exhibition in Truro, the popular tartan was adopted by the Province in 1955 through an Order in Council.

It was submitted for approval of the Court of the Lord Lyon King of Arms on March 7, 1956 and later that year, was registered with Her Majesty’s Register Office in Edinburgh, Scotland.

In 1964, the Tartan Act was passed by the House of Assembly.

A district tartan that may be worn by anyone, its blue and white are for the surf-ridden sea, greens for the forests, red for the royal lion on the Arms of Nova Scotia, and gold for the Province’s historic Royal Charter.


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