SFU Pipe Band commemorates first World's win with two-part documentary

To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band's first victory at the World Pipe Band Championship in 1995, the band has released a two-part documentary looking back at the victory and its decade-long effort to capture the world's top pipe band prize.

The SFU Pipe Band burst onto the world pipe band scene in 1985, surprising many by placing second at the World Championships and almost upsetting five-time champions Strathclyde Police. That sniff of the winners circle drove pipe major Terry Lee, his brother, pipe sergeant Jack Lee, and a top-level circle of drummers and pipers over the next decade to build a band that marched off the field as champions in 1995, their first of six World victories.


SFU Pipe Band 1995 World Champions

The documentary uses previously unseen video and photographs plus interviews with now former pipe major Terry Lee, and current band members Jack Lee, Reid Maxwell and pipers from the band, who recount their experience 25-years ago in their drive to the world championship.

Part 1 recounts the band's gamble to fly to Scotland to compete in the Scottish Championships in June prior to the August world championship.

Part 2 recounts the band's work to improve drumming, overcome band tragedies and relives the exact moment SFU pipe band history changed.

The documentary was produced by a team including pipers Richard Gillies, Jamie Kubasiewicz, Alastair Lee, manager Rob MacNeil, written and narrated by Mike Chisholm.


Band members pose with their winnings at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada - September 1995

SFU Pipe Band - Journey to the 1995 World Championships - Part 2

Simon Fraser University Pipe Band Medley - August 12 1995 - World Pipe Band Championship in 1995

Simon Fraser University Pipe Band MSR - August 12 1995 - World Pipe Band Championship in 1995