Jack and Terry Lee, the famous piping brothers from British Columbia, Canada, were each awarded Canada’s Meritorious Service Medal in a ceremony in Ottawa on September 10.
The awards are thought to be the first of their kind given to Canadian pipers.
Canada’s Governor General, Roméo LeBlanc, presided at an investiture of the Meritorious Service Decorations at La Citadelle in Québec, acknowledging the Lees for their “exceptional deeds or accomplishments performed over relatively short periods of time.”
The awards to the Lees were two of the 21 Meritorious Service Medals given in the civil division.
Art the ceremony, LeBlanc stated that the Lees, as members of the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band, “played a key role in the band winning the World Pipe Band Championships held in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1995 and 1996. Both extremely devoted and talented individuals, they created the Robert Malcolm Memorial Pipe Band, a youth development band for the University Pipe Band. Since its inception in 1994, the youth band has captured the B.C. and Pacific Northwest championships. In addition, the brothers perform at many convocation ceremonies at the University and play at numerous Scottish festivals around British Columbia.”
Terry and Jack Lee are is Pipe Major and Pipe Sergeant of the SFU Pipe Band, respectively. Jack Lee has had a distinguished solo career, winning, among many prizes, the Clasp, Gold Medal, and Silver Star MSR at the Northern Meeting.
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