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Pipes and Drums

The Pipes and Drums of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards are world famous. Achieving a prestigious Classical Brit Award in 2008 for best album “Spirit of the Glen: Journey”, partly recorded while on operations in Iraq in 2008.

Regularly performing at high-profile engagements, including the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and the Basel Tattoo, the Pipes and Drums are constantly engaged in the composition of music, international performances, such as the Hong Kong International Tattoo in 2012, and competing across the world. Remarkably all the members of the band are fighting soldiers first and musicians second.


The Pipe Band has achieved some amazing success. In 1972 the band was no.1 in charts for 5 weeks with Amazing Grace, ousting Nilsson's Without You from the no.1 spot, before being replaced by T-Rex's Metal Guru.

The band won the World Championships in Grade 2 in 1982 under Pipe Major John Allan. The following year the band was upgraded to Grade 1 where it stayed for nearly 10 years.

A particularly successful year was 1987 under Pipe Major John Bruce. The then Commanding Officer, Lt Col Melville Jameson, allowed the band to spend the complete summer in Scotland to compete. It was during this time that it gained 5th at the British Championships, 4th at the European Championships and 10th place at the World Championships.

In 1990 the Pipes and Drums were deployed to the Gulf as tank crewman during Op Granby which was part of Desert Storm. Unfortunately this meant the band was split up for nearly 10 months and was subsequently downgraded to a Grade 2 band. Since then, the operational commitments of the band have continued to limit the amount of competing.

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