About the Robert Malcolm Memorial Pipe Bands
Welcome to the Robert Malcolm Memorial (RMM) Pipe Bands webpage, a proud part of the SFU Pipe Band organization located at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada.
The Robert Malcolm Memorial (RMM) Pipe Band organization was founded in January 1994 in honour of two young SFU Pipe Band pipers who died tragically in a motor vehicle accident. Since our founding, over 2,000 band members have developed important life-long skills through piping and drumming. Many former members’ own children are now participating in the program. The Robert Malcolm Memorial Pipe Band organization also acts as a system to develop musicians for the six-time World Champion Simon Fraser University Pipe Band (SFUPB) as many graduates from our program are promoted to the SFUPB and have contributed to the band’s international success.
The Robert Malcolm Memorial Pipe Band organization's mission is to foster the playing and performing of Scottish music by youth aged 6 to adulthood from all cultural backgrounds. We encourage each child to do the best they possibly can, at whatever level they would like to participate. Our organization’s job is to provide the band members with the resources, life lessons, and inspiration they need to succeed in life.
As the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band entered the 1990s, the membership of the band began to teach younger players the art of piping and drumming. Two such teachers were Robert Barbulak and Malcolm Bokenfohr, who were killed in a car accident in late 1993. In 1994 the Robert Malcolm Memorial Pipe Band was created to continue the development of younger players. The organization first fielded a Grade 2 pipe band in 1996, which saw local success immediately.
The Grade 3 (Juvenile) band was first competitive in 1996, after they had won at all but two of the ten British Columbia Pipers' Association (BCPA) sanctioned games the previous year in Grade 4 and were upgraded. Pipers were under the instruction of SFUPB P/M Terry Lee and P/S Jack Lee. Drumming instruction was provided by (in various years) Karen Perry, Reid Maxwell, Grant Maxwell, Steven McWhirter, Andre Tessier, Tano Martone, Simone Reid, and Brittany Angeltvedt. After placing second in the World Juvenile Pipe Band Championships in 1997, they returned every odd year to win the Juvenile category four consecutive times (1999, 2001, 2003, 2005). In August 2007, they placed second (behind George Watson's College of Edinburgh) and in August 2009, placed fourth.
Between 1996 and 2008 there were enough musicians in the organization to field bands in Grades 2, 3, and 4. A Grade 5 (introductory grade) band was added for especially young players to give them opportunities to experience competition at a young age. In addition, the Robert Malcolm Memorial Alumni band was formed in 2002 for players who had aged out of the Juvenile bands but were not currently playing in the Grade 2 or the SFUPN Grade 1 band. The Alumni band existed for several years.