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Pipes and Drums

Overview

With such a rich heritage, The Royal Regiment of Scotland has inherited a wealth of Regimental music for both the Pipes and Drums and the Military Band. Music is an essential part of Regimental life. Each battalion of the Regiment has its own Band of Pipes and Drums manned by soldiers who receive their musical training at the Army School of Bagpipe Music and Highland Drumming in Edinburgh.

The Regiment also has its own Military Band formed from soldiers of the Corps of Army Music, and the 6th and 7th Battalions each have a Military Band made up of Army Reserve musicians. These Bands are known as the Band of The Royal Regiment of Scotland, The Lowland Band and The Highland Band of The Royal Regiment of Scotland. These Bands are an intrinsic part of the Regiments life and should be a first class advertisement for the Army and the Regiment.

Pipes and Drums

The Pipe Bands are known as the Pipes and Drums and are divided into two sections: the Pipers under the Pipe Major and the Drummers under the Drum Major. Pipers and Drummers are soldiers first and the Pipes and Drums platoon has an operational role in each battalion order of battle. All Drummers should also be trained as buglers.

The Drum Major is normally in over-all command of the Pipes and Drums although this can be the Pipe Major on seniority. The Pipe Majors are responsible for the preservation and maintenance of Scottish and Highland tradition within battalions and for training the Pipers. They have direct access to their Commanding Officers on these matters. Each battalion appoints a Pipe President who is an officer of field rank and responsible for the management of the Pipes and Drums.

The Military Band

The Military Band is as integral a part of the Regiment. Within the Corps of Army Music the Band is the repository for and authority on Scottish music in all its forms. As such it has a crucial responsibility to maintain and build the repertoire of Scottish music, to keep alive the folk/ceilidh band tradition and to promote the work of composers who have served in one or other of the Scottish regiments (eg Alford, Howe, and Lamb etc).

The Military Band is commanded by the Director of Music, normally an officer of the rank of captain, supported by a Bandmaster in the rank of WO1. The Army Reserve bands can be commanded by either a commissioned Director of Music or a Warrant Officer Class1 Bandmaster, these are invariably ex regular Directors of Music.

The Band may be detached on engagements away from the Regiment for long periods. In conflict situations the military bands primary role is in support of the Army Medical Services (eg Iraq in 2003), importantly the Bands musical contribution supports the moral component of fighting power.

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