Pipe Major Patrick Melanson BA, MEd, CD, WO (ret’d.) brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from the musical world in general – and the piping world in particular. For over 30 years, he has served in pipe bands, rising through the ranks of the Canadian Armed Forces Reserve from private to Deputy Pipe Major in the 1Bn, NSH(N), as well as founding and leading the 105 Cumberland Wing, RCAFA Pipes & Drums.
Pat had the privilege of being one of three Household Pipers to Her Majesty, the Queen Mother during her Royal Visit to the Nova Scotia International Tattoo in 1979. Pat has been a competitive piper in band and solo piping and has taught piping both in the army and privately for over 25 years. He has performed on his pipes in Canada , the United States , England and Ireland . He has travelled and performed with the musical group Drimindown and is the founder and a current member of Killick, a group that was noted as one of CBC Radio Artists of the Week. Killick has performed at major music venues such as the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival, Festival of the Tartans Main Stage, Songs at Sea Level, East Coast Kitchen Party as well as many others. Killick has been a major performing act onboard the reestablished ferry service between Yarmouth, NS and Portland, ME entertaining guests on the MV Nova Star. Pat has performed musically on many recordings, in addition to his participation in six Nova Scotia Tattoos and their recordings.