The Pipes and Drums of the Saskatoon Light Infantry were formed in 1942 by Pipe Major Duncan Campbell at the request of the
late Lt. Col. A. McNeil, Commanding Officer of the Second S.L.I. The Second S.L.I. were disbanded on the return of the First
Battalion from overseas service in 1945 but the Pipes and Drums were adopted as the Band of the unit.
Pipes and Drums were retained by the Saskatoon Light INfantry, they were not officially part of the unit. The pipers and drummers
were machine gunners, or carrier drivers who performed their band parades in addition to their regimental duties. It was not
until 1955 that the Pipes and Drums became an officially authorized part of the unit establishment.
The Pipes and
Drums, when fully authorized, were asked to submit details of their Highland Dress to Army Headquaters for approval. The most
important decision to be made was the selection of a tartan. The MacKenzie Tartan was selected because of the admiration in
which the Saskatoon Light Infantry held the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada. These two regiments formed part of the First Canadian
Infantry Division and the Saskatoon Light Infantry, as Divisional Machine Gun Regiment, supported the Seaforth Highlanders
on many occasions.
Approval was sought from the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada for the Saskatoon Light Infantry to
request permission from the Seaforth Highlanders of the British Army to wear the Mackenzie Tartan. Approval of such a request
was given and the privilege of wearing the Mackenzie Tartan was graciously granted by the Seaforth Highlanders. Early in 1958,
the wearing of the Mackenzie Tartan by the Pipes and Drums of the Saskatoon Light Infantry was approved by the Canadian Army
The ceremony today (11 May 1958 - 1615 hrs) marks a privilege bestowed upon the Pipes and Drums by one
of the most distinguished regiments of the British Army and by a Canadian Highland Regiment which is held in high esteem.
The Pipes and Drums of the Saskatoon Light Infantry shall wear the Mackenzie Tartan ever mindful of this occasion and the
high honor which has been conferred upon them.
Second Battalion of the
North Saskatchewan Regiment
The Saskatoon Light Infantry (S.L.I.)
conferring the Tartan of the
May 11, 1958
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