McIntosh Girls' Pipe Band (Vernon, B.C.)

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McIntosh Girls' Pipe Band (Vernon, B.C.)

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In February, 1946, Hilma Foote approached her father about starting an all-girls' pipe band. Horace Foote, who had been bass drummer for the Vernon Caledonian Pipe Band and drum major for the Kildonnan Pipe Band, agreed to the idea, and in December 1947, a newly formed girls' band made its debut at the Rotary Ice Carnival. Initially the band did not have a defining name. At the suggestion of Mrs. Foote, 'MacIntosh' was added to the Girls' Pipe Band name as a tie-in with the local fruit industry. MacIntosh kilts were made for the band members and many local businesses contributed funds for the purchase of equipment. By the summer of 1948, the band began a series of engagements throughout B.C., Alberta and the States, playing at parades, festivals, sports days, dinners, celebrations, and pipe competitions. In Vernon, they played for visiting celebrities and royals. The Foote family had a large role in the band. Hilma Foote was pipe major until 1959. Her father, Horace, was the director and first drum major, as well as chaperone. Mrs. Foote also acted as chaperone on many trips. Mr. & Mrs. Foote retired from their duties in 1959. The same year, Malcolm McCulloch took over as director and McCulloch's Aerated Waters became the band's sponsors. In 1967, the Walker Sangster family became the band managers. They continued to manage the band until 1980 when, due to extensive changes in competition and waning interest, the band was dissolved.


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