A Brief History of the Band
The band was formed in the year 2000 after a discussion between campus leaders
at that year's Commencement. C. Michael Webster, Vice Chancellor of
Administration & Kyle Hoffman, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Alumni & Constituent
Relations observed the overwhelming crowd response to the pipers who performed
for graduation. Previously, pipers had been hired from other bands to perform
at this and other events. With the move to Divsion I athletics, UCR needed its
own pipers and others who could carry on the traditions of the campus while
also serving as representatives of UCR at community activities.
Thus the concept of a pipe band at UCR was born. Mike Terry responded to the
challenge and brought together a group of talented musicians from all over
Southern California to form the charter-member group of the University of
California, Riverside Pipe Band.
During this early time in the band's history, the goals and mission of the band
were established along with the development of a drum section.