Triumph Street Pipe Band

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Dowco Triumph Street Pipe Band
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Established 1971
Location Vancouver, British Columbia
Grade 1
Pipe major David Hilder
Drum sergeant Gary Corkin
Tartan MacLean of Duart Weathered

The Dowco Triumph Street Pipe Band is a Grade 1 competitive and concert pipe band based in Greater Vancouver, B.C., Canada, established in 1971 by former pupils of Pipe Major Malcolm Nicholson, C.M. of the Vancouver Police Pipe Band.


In the 1970s and early 80s, the band ranked among the best in the world, and under the leadership of Pipe Major Hal Senyk and Lead Drummer William McErlean, Triumph Street placed 5th in Grade 1 at the 1979 World Pipe Band Championships. This achievement was the first time that a band from outside Scotland had won a major prize at the Worlds, in this case 'The Sash' for best drum corps. The band placed 6th in the Medley contest at the 2011 World's, finishing 9th overall.

The Dowco Triumph Street Pipe Band, sponsored by The Dowco Group of Companies, and wearing the MacLean of Duart Weathered Tartan, is a Grade One competitive and concert pipe band based in Greater Vancouver, Canada. Originally established in 1971, Dowco Triumph Street holds the honour of being the first band outside of Scotland to win a major World Championship prize, winning "The Sash" in 1979 under Lead Drummer Willie McErlean.

The band is led by Pipe Major David Hilder and Drum Sergeant Gary Corkin, along with support from Pipe Sergeant Shaunna Hilder and Pipe Corporal Gary Nimmo. The band has enjoyed considerable success including winning the 2006 World Pipe Band Championships in Grade 2 in a field of 39 bands. The Dowco Triumph Street Pipe Band were promoted to the elite grade 1 status after also securing the North American title in 2007.

DTSPB may be based in Vancouver, but also includes award-winning pipers and drummers from British Columbia, Ontario, Washington, Michigan, California and also has a dedicated group in the UK, led by Pipe Corporal Gary Nimmo.

In August 2015, DTSPB competed at the World Pipe Band Championships and successfully qualified for the Grade 1 final for a seventh year in a row. In the Final, the band placed 10th overall in the world and 2nd in North America. DTSPB is once again proud to be one of the top 3 bands in North America, for a seventh year in a row.

Pipe Majors[edit]

  • Sandy Marshall (1971-1972)
  • Hal Senyk (1972-1983)
  • Rob Menzies (1983–1988)
  • Hal Senyk (1988–1991)
  • Alan Walters (1991–1995)
  • David Hilder (2007- )

Leading Drummers[edit]

  • Willie McErlean (1971-1981)
  • Scott Robertson (1981–1990)
  • Tim Gladden (1990-1991)
  • Bill Saul (1991-1995)
  • Andre Tessier (2007-2013)
  • Peter Hendrickson (2013-2015)
  • Cameron Reid (2015-2016)
  • Gary Corkin (2016- )


  • The Bagpipe In Canada
  • A Dram Before Ya Go! (1986)
  • With Purpose (2012)

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