The Pipes and Drums provide musical support for Regimental and extra-Regimental activities as directed. They also recruit pipers and drummers to maintain the minimum manning level and conduct musical training to enhance the professional ability of all members. The Pipes and Drums participate in Individual Battle Task Standards (IBTS) training and testing and augment A Company during field training exercises by providing elements of enemy force.
From the liner notes of the CD -The Pipes and Drums of the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa:
The Pipes and Drums of the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa (Duke of Edinburgh’s Own) were founded in 1921. Since that time they have participated in many of the military and state functions that take place in Ottawa. During the Second World War, they accompanied the Regiment to Iceland, the United Kingdom and on to continental Europe eventually taking part in the Victory Parade at Utrecht, The Netherlands in 1945.
In addition to its ceremonial and other military duties, the Pipes and Drums of the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa (Duke of Edinburgh’s Own) participate in numerous local, national and international events. The band has appeared at both the 1974 and 1983 Edinburgh Military Tattoos in Scotland and in the 1976 Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena, California. For more media, see the Pipes and Drums gallery.
The musicians, as members of the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa (Duke of Edinburgh’s Own), are part of the Canadian Forces Reserves. As such, they are trained soldiers and are required to perform ordinary military duties when not engaged with the band. Although drawn from various civilian occupations, their common interest in military music has caused them to devote many hours to rehearsals and performances.