Welcome to Anavets Assiniboia Unit #283 Winnipeg
Canadas oldest Veterans Organization
Established in 1840


Pipe Band - Barbie Sands                                              

Our Thursday night band practices resumed in mid September after a short summer break. Our first playout this fall was for the Anniversary of the Battle of Hong Kong at Brookside Cemetery on Sunday, October 22nd. The Hong Kong Veterans Commemorative Association was honouring all members of “C” Force Canadian Contingent in the Battle of Hong Kong. It is always special for us to play at events such as this one.

Once again we were asked to play at the Manitoba Heroes Gala Fundraiser dinner at Regent Street Casino on Saturday, October 28th. We piped in all the heroes along with our Unit Colour Party. In the coming weeks the band will be practicing for several Remembrance Day Services around Winnipeg, including Riverview Care Home and our own Unit.

I’m very sad to tell you that the founding member of our band and our dear friend Don Morrison passed away in hospital on October 8th, 2017. He started our #283 pipe band over 25 years ago and was very proud of the band. Don will be greatly missed by all of us. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Morrison family.

Pictured below is Don Morrison with his daughter Colleen who is in the band.

Pipe Band Pipe founder photo


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Welcome!! Come and check us out!!!

We are an adult band who practice every Thursday night at our Anavets Assiniboia Unit #283 Hall 3584 Portage Avenue Winnipeg, MB R3K 0Z8

  If you are interested in finding out more about joining the band, please contact Barbie Sands at dbpsands@mymts.net




Barbie Sands  Pipe Major

Ken Cairnie     Pipe Sergeant

Hilda Towerzey

Barb Wipf

Bill MacQuarrie

Rob Gillespie

Colleen Morrison

Ken McLeod

Frank Talbot

George Paterson

Jimm Simon


Drum Major  

Creighton Kerr



Rick Furney    Drum Sergeant

 Aileen Najduch   Tenor Drummer


Anavets #283 Levee January 1st

Robbie Burns Dinner and Dance

Brookside Cemetary Memorial Service May

Oakview care Home July 1st

Anavets #283 Anniversary Dinner July

Terry Fox Run Parade Assinboine Park September

Anavets #283 Remembrance Day Service November

We also provide Pipers for Anavets #283 Funeral and Memorable Services


The Anavets #283 Pipe Band was formed back in 1992. Two of the founding members are pictured below. From left to right, Don Morrison and Ed Montgomery.

We wear the Flower of Scotland tartan.