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Darryl Lim

Darryl Lim is an accomplished pipe band drummer and drum major. He has had the privilege of competing, adjudicating, performing and teaching across Asia, Europe, and North America. His journey began as a piper with The Boys’ Brigade in Singapore at the age of 12. He switched to drumming a year later and reached the rank of Warrant Officer where he was appointed Lead Drummer from 1995-1996 and Drum Major from 1997-1998.


Darryl joined the world renown Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Pipes & Drums in 2007 and served as the Drum Sergeant and Principal Bass/Tenor for the National Division band from 2012-2018. He authored the National Midsection Curriculum and created standardized scores, audios and videos for all 8 RCMP Pipe Bands in Canada. He has travelled and performed for audiences all over the world including Hong Kong, Edinburgh, The Netherlands, Belgium, Colorado, Cleveland, New Hampshire, Quebec City, Halifax, Shanghai, Beijing, New York City and the United Nations.


In 2013, Darryl attended the RCMP National Drum Major Course. He has since served as Drum Major for the MacNab Scottish Festival (2014), the Kingston Scottish Festival (2016-2019), and as Drum Major for both the Glengarry and Montreal Highland Games since 2017. In 2019, he was invited by the Rob Roy Pipe Band to lead them in the New York City Tartan Day Parade.


Darryl previously competed with the Ottawa Police Service Pipe Band as a tenor drummer, winning the Grade 2 North American Pipe Band Championships in 2013 with them. He has also competed and won prizes in solo bass and tenor drumming, and in 2019 debuted as a competitive drum major at the Montreal Highland Games. As an experienced Tenor/Bass Drumming Instructor, many of Darryl’s former students are now serving in Lead Bass or Lead Tenor roles in their respective pipe bands.


Darryl is an active volunteer in the greater pipe band community. He has successfully helped pipe bands write funding grants, served as Director for the Ottawa Celtic Music & Dance Society (2010-2015), has been the Master of Ceremonies for the Kingston Highland Games since 2013 and was an emcee for the pipe band contests in the 2019 Glengarry Highland Games.


By day, Darryl is a successful Insurance Advisor and entrepreneur who has used his business connections to support the pipe band world. Some of these contributions include sponsoring the Glengarry Highland Games (2016), the Kingston Scottish Festival (2018), and the Scotchtoberfest Ceilidh (2019). In addition, Darryl donated the use of an enclosed trailer to the OCAL band to support the transportation and logistics efforts.

A proud resident of Ottawa since 2001 who is fluently bilingual in English and Mandarin, Darryl is an alumnus of both Carleton University and Griffith University (Australia) where he earned degrees in Social Anthropology and Mass Communications respectively. In his spare time, he is an avid traveller and Scotch connoisseur.

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