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George Stephen “Stevie” Geddes, the long-time pipe-sergeant of the Grade 1 City of Victoria Pipe Band, died on March 4, 2014, in his 64th year following a prolonged illness.
As is the case with many pipe-sergeants of prominent bands, Geddes held a strong reputation for those in the know for excellence in technique and tone, and he committed himself for more than 30 years to City of Victoria, also serving as the band’s manager.
With the leadership combination of Pipe-Major James Troy, Leading-Drummer John Fisher and Geddes, the band was throughout the 1970s the major force on the British Columbia scene, producing myriad victories and prizes, the most significant of which was a sixth at the two-day 1979 World Pipe Band Championship in Nottingham, England, at which it finished sixth, but was said by many to have actually deserved to win the competition outright.
For more than five decades, Stevie Geddes contributed to the British Columbia Pipers Association and associated Highland games in the Pacific Northwest as an organizer and adjudicator. In 2013 he was made a Lifetime Member of the Victoria Highland Games.
Geddes’s memory was commemorated in “Captain Geddes’s Turnabout,” a popular hornpipe by Colin Magee, after Geddes persuaded the Captain of a massive BC Ferry to return to Victoria in the middle of a long voyage to collect City of Victoria Pipe Band instruments left on the dock by ferry staff.
We extend our sympathies to Steve Geddes’s family and friends at this sad time.