The Northwest Territorial Pipe Band practiced on Saturday, 29 July 2023 to an audience of evacuee dogs from Behchokǫ̀. Earlier in July the community of Behchokǫ̀ was evacuated due to a wildfire. The evacuation order still continues a the time this article was published. The Band's thoughts are with the evacuees and with the first-responders at the scene. A number of pets have been rescued and fostered until things return to normal. The Band performed in front of some of the canine evacuees. Their reactions varied from indifference, to howling and at least one dog trying to bark to the music.
On 8 July 2023, the Northwest Territorial Pipe Band performed at boardwalk at the Rotary Park on Old School Draw Avenue, by the shores of Great Slave Lake. Traditionally this event has been held at the Pilots' Monument in Old Town but the event has not occurred since 2019 due to COVID restrictions. In addition, this year, there was significant road construction in the area by that monument. The event was held for the first time again at the Rotary Park. A full contingent of the Pipe Band performed including drummers Kelly Fischer, Karin Clark, Sue McKinney (who are not in the photo) and pipers (from the left in the photo), Ian Rennie, Lorie Crawford, Lori Clark, Alex Giroux and Brad Heath. It was a hot day.
On 1 January 2023 (Canada Day), the Northwest Territorial Pipe Band marched in the Canada Day Parade. Nine members of the Band performed on pipes and drums, including a guest bass drummer Dermit O'Neil. The drummers were truck-mounted due to some mobility issues. Thanks to Kevin for driving. In the picture (left to right) are - Ryan Gordon, Karin Clark, Dermit O'Neil, Kelly Fischer, Lorie Crawford, Andrew Bruce, Alex Giroux, Lori Clark and Brad Heath. There were bubbles... You can see more photos at: https://www.nwtpipeband.org/index.php/test-gallery2/88-2023-photos .
The City of Yellowknife's Canada Day parade was back on July 1, 2022 after a three-year hiatus − and the Northwest Territories Pipe Band was front and centre once again! Participating in this year's parade were Pipe Major Lori Clark, Pipe Sergeant Lorie Crawford, pipers Brad Heath, Dawna Stuckless, Alexandra Giroux and Ryan Gordon, Drum Major Kelly Fischer, side drummer Jennifer Zhu and bass drummer Sue McKinney. Thanks to Lyndon Clark for the cold water waiting for us at the end of the parade! Photo courtesy of Tessa MacIntosh