Bandmasters and Bugle Majors (and a Pipe Major)

Pipe Major

  • Between 1860-68 – Pipe Major Alexander M. Oliphant (the Highland Company appears to have had a pipe band or at least some pipers before it was disbanded in 1868)

Bandmasters/Directors of Music

Captain R Hayward, Queen's Own Rifles Director of Music 1920-1928
Captain R Hayward, Queen’s Own Rifles Director of Music 1920-1928
  • 1862-66 – Adam Maul
  • 1866-67 – Henry F. Chalaupka
  • 1867-72 – R. W. Robinson
  • 1873-75 – The band was disbanded and the instruments were sold
  • 1875-79 – William Carey
  • 1879-1901 – John Bayley (22 years)
  • 1901-14 – G. I. Timpson
  • 1914-20 – G. H. Barrow
  • 1920-28 – Captain R. B. Hayward
  • 1928-45 – Captain James J. Buckle (17 years)
  • 1945-47 – ?
  • 1947-68 – Captain William T. Atkins (21 years)
  • 1968-71 – Captain Jack Long
  • 1971-76 – Captain John O’Brien
  • 1976-84 – Captain George Gresham
  • 1984-87 – Captain Steve Irwin CD
  • 1987-90 – Lieutenant Denny Ringler CD
  • 1990-94 – Captain Steve Irwin CD
  • 1994-95 – WO Charles “Chuck” Benson CD
  • 1996-? – Captain Rita Arendz CD (16 + years)
  • 2014 – Present – Lt Megan Hodge

Bugle Majors

  • Queen’s Own Rifles’ Bugle Major Frank Gardiner, 1926-1939

    1865-76 – Bugle Major Francis Clarke

  • 1876-1923 – Bugle Major Charles Swift (47 years)
  • 1923-23 – Sergeant J. U. Woolley
  • 1923-39 – Bugle Major Frank Gardiner (16 years)
  • 1939-54 – Bugle Major Robert (Bob) Wilson MM (15 years)
  • 1954-54 – Bugle Major Jack
  • 1954-58 – Bugle Major Jim Kaiser
  • 1958-61 – Bugle Major Gord J. Gallaghan CD
  • 1961-66 – Bugle Major R. L. “Bob” Price
  • 1967-72 – Bugle Major John Doeg
  • 1971-84 – Bugle Major Syd Byatt CD (13 years)
  • 1985-86 – Bugle Major Phil Ten Kortennar CD
  • 1986-89 – Bugle Major Frank Watt CD
  • 1989-2013 – Bugle Major Fred Haire CD (24 years)
  • 2013-present – Bugle Major Emily Kenny, CD

1st Battalion (Regular Force)

  • ?(during 1954) to ? – Bugle Major Ted Langley
  • 1955 to at least 1962? – Bugle Major W. Roy E. Bruce OMM, CD
  • 1964 – Bugle Major Fred J. Breurkens
  • 1965 – Bugle Major Fred J. Breurkens
  • 1966-67 – Bugle Major Walter Houstachenko CD
  • 1968-69 – Bugle Major Ove Sorenson
  • 1969-70 – Bugle Major Sergeant H. J. (Jim) P.E. Schulz

2nd Battalion (Regular Force)

  • 53? -54? – Bugle Major Sergeant “Lucky” Dwyer
  • ? – ? – Bugle Major Ed Bogan
  • 1960s – Bugle Major Ron Elliott
  • 1963 – Bugle Major Frank Lacroix
  • 1964 – Bugle Major Leith Ewart

 

7 thoughts on “Bandmasters and Bugle Majors (and a Pipe Major)”

  1. Bugle Major, Sergeant Lucky Dwyer Second Cdn. Rifle Battalion 1953-54 Camp Ipperwash, Ontario.
    I left for Korea in March 1954. So this is the last contact that I had with him.

    1. Knew Lucky briefly, around 1958 at Niagara. He was a Sgt then, 2nd Bn if memory serves. Didn’t know he had been Bugle Major.

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