Vancouver Police Pipe Band to tour Punjab to mark Jallianwala Bagh massacre

Vancouver Police Pipe Band to tour Punjab to mark Jallianwala Bagh massacre

Varinder Singh
Tribune News Service
Jalandhar, April 13

The 34-member pipe band of the Vancouver Police Department will mark the 100th anniversary of Jallianwala Bagh massacre with performances across Punjab.

The Vancouver Police Pipe Band is on a three-day tour to Punjab, beginning Saturday. After paying obeisance at the Golden Temple, it is scheduled to play at Guru Nanak Dev University’s hockey stadium at 3 pm and in Amritsar city at 6 pm, at Kartarpur’s  Jung-e-Azadi museum on April 14, and at Guru Nanak Mission Medical and Education Trust at Dhahan Kaleran in Nawanshahar on April 15.

After its Punjab tour, it is scheduled to play at Chandigarh’s Elante Mall on April 16, Vancouver Police Department Chief Adam Palmer said.

The police department will bear expenses of the tour, with assistance from the Punjabi Diaspora in British Columbia.

Palmer said the tour was purely cultural, and that no Canadian politician will be involved.

Known for being ethnically diverse, the Vancouver Police Department has a growing number of Punjabi’s in its fold. The department’s band performs at various events for the Punjabi Diaspora, including the annual Baisakhi Parade in Vancouver. The band has previously toured Britain, China, Switzerland, France, the USA, Mexico, Scotland, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore, Japan, The Netherlands, Italy, and Portugal.

Among its band members is a Sikh man.