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History

The Scots Guards were originally formed in 1642 by King Charles.

The precise origins of the band are unknown, however in 1716 a small band of 'hautboys' existed.

The Band grew in strength during the early part of the 19th century, and by 1838 could boast some 32 performers. Throughout the 19th century the Band expanded, until in 1888 there was an establishment of 44.

During 1916 they entertained troops at both Ypres and the Somme. During World War II they were again entertaining troops on the home front. This was sometimes through the medium of wireless, an example of this being March 18, 1942, when at 1am the Band reported for a BBC Overseas broadcast at the Paris Cinema. Musicians also found themselves on Fire Watch duties based at Egerton House, Buckingham Gate.

The Scots Guards were the only Foot Guards Band to be deployed on active service during the Gulf War in 1990 (with three of their colleagues from the Irish Guards Band). Many different aspects of hospital duties attached to the various departments of 33 General Hospital based in Al Jubail, Saudi Arabia were involved in their work there. In 1992, the Colonel of the Regiment, HRH The Duke of Kent presented the band their Gulf War medals, which are still worn by their owners today.

The Band travels the world over, and in recent years has visited Australia, Bermuda, South Korea, France, Switzerland, Italy and of course Scotland.

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