Police pipers perform in China

This is the first time the band, comprised of current and retired officers and civilians, has performed outside of Canad

A contingent of pipers from the region are on a convoy to China today (Sept. 14) to play at a large festival in Beijing, China.

The Greater Victoria Police Pipe Band will play in the Chinese national tourism festival’s opening ceremonies parade on Saturday.

They have two performances booked Sunday and will stay for one week, to fit in some sightseeing.

This is the first time the band, comprised of current and retired officers and civilians, has performed outside of Canada, said pipe major James Troy.

“It’s quite an opportunity for us to go to China,” he said.

Airfare is paid for by the 31 members who are going and the band raised funds to pay for extra expenses.

For more information on the band, please go to www.gvppb.ca.