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The Lowland Band

The Lowland Band of The Royal Regiment of Scotland is an Army Reserve Military Band based in Edinburgh.
Band Profile

The Lowland Band is made up of Brass, Woodwind and Percussion players. Its main role is to supply Musical support to the Military both at home and abroad. These Engagements include Dinner Nights, Military Parades, Gun Salutes and this year the band will provide music for State Ceremonial events in Edinburgh during Holyrood Week. These will include playing at Guard of Honour and Royal Garden Parties.


All our musicians play to a high standard prior to joining the band. The current enlistment standard is around ABRSM Grade 7, in order to join you will be asked to audition here in Edinburgh. If successful you can look forward to a wide range of Engagements including as part of some of our smaller groups such as the Brass Quintet and Woodwind Group, we also have a very popular Folk Group. All of these groups perform regularly at events throughout the year. Our main focus is on our Concert Band and Marching Band capability and you can look forward to playing and performing a wide range of music and will have the opportunity to travel abroad representing the Royal Regiment of Scotland and wider Army. In the past few years the Band has travelled to Canada, Germany, France and Gibraltar performing at some prestigious events including a 2 week visit to Canada performing in Fortissimo alongside Canadian Army Musicians.
Military Training

As a new Recruit you will be required to attend some basic Military Training, this is held in Edinburgh and is held over 4 weekends or as a consolidated 1 week course. The Training is designed to teach basic Military skills such as Marching and the Values and Standards of the British Army which is expected by all. There is a financial incentive offered for completion of this training. Later on you will be required to sit more Musical Training, this is taught in house and tested either in Edinburgh or at the Royal Military School of Music in London.
Once qualified and having gained some experience in the band you will be able to promote through the ranks and even in time become the Bandmaster or Director of Music who conducts and rehearse the Band making sure we are at the correct standard.

Band Training

We meet and rehearse on a Tuesday evening between 7.30pm and 9.30pm. In addition we rehearse on one or two Sundays each month, we also have a number of Engagements to perform at every month. Every drill night you rehearse, you are paid a quarter days’ pay, and you will receive 1 days’ pay for every other rehearsal/training day or engagement you attend. In addition, if you meet the required standards, and attend more than 27 days per year (including a 16 day residential camp usually as a Band performing abroad) then you will receive a tax-free lump sum training bounty.

Contact Details

If you are interested in joining as either a Musician, or just want to know more about us, contact us during the day on:

  • Edinburgh - 0131 310 3824
  • Battalion recruiting mobile number 24/7 - 07795 060737

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