Ryan Russell Memorial Pipe Band

The Ryan Russell Memorial Pipe Band was formed 4 years ago as a youth based pipe band, open to people aged eighteen years and under from the Greater Toronto Area.

Although brand new, it has been fostered by over one hundred years of pipe band experience through it’s association with the Toronto Police Pipe Band.

The Band’s mission is to mentor and develop youth in the art of Highland piping and drumming, thereby ensuring that the memory of Sergeant Ryan Russell #7686, along with his bravery, courage, and competitive spirit are remembered.

Members of the Ryan Russell Memorial Pipe Band will receive:

· – Professional musical instruction in an inclusive and fun environment

· – Leadership training

· – Team building skills

· – Community service involvement

· – Public performance experience at community events

· – Experience in pipe band competitions

The Ryan Russell Pipe Band is led by Pipe Major Brian Urkosky. The Band wears the Red Ross tartan in honour of the Toronto Police Pipe Band’s first Pipe Major, Thomas Ross.

Ryan Russell was born in 1975, son to a Metropolitan Toronto Police Officer. He was raised in the City of Scarborough. After graduating from college, Ryan decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a member of the Toronto Police Service as a Police Officer.

On January 12, 2011, Sergeant Ryan Russell #7686, was tragically killed in the line of duty. He left behind his wife Christine and his two year old son Nolan.

A great admirer of pipes and drums, many of Ryan’s closest friends were pipers with the historic Toronto Police Pipe Band. This included Ryan’s best man at his wedding, who still is a piper in the band. It is only fitting then, that a memorial pipe band be named in his honour, that will encourage and teach the youth of tomorrow this wonderful art.

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