The Simon Fraser University Pipe Band have announced that Lead Drummer J. Reid Maxwell will be awarded an Honorary Degree by Simon Fraser University for his tremendous contributions to the world-wide success of the band, its development pipe bands program, and instruction of generations of drummers.

The induction ceremony will take place at the Tuesday morning June 11, 2024 Convocation at the Simon Fraser University campus on Burnaby Mountain.

•J. Reid Maxwell leading his drum corps to the line at the World Pipe Band Championships in 2013. Photo: JohnSlavin /

Reid becomes the third band member receiving SFU’s highest honour with Pipe Major (Emeritus) Terry Lee and Pipe Sergeant Jack Lee being awarded Honorary Degrees by Simon Fraser University in 2013.

Congratulations Reid for so much you have given to the advancement of pipe band drumming and its players.

More information on SFU’s Honorary Degree recipients for 2024 can be found here.