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Pipes & Drums and Highland Band

Brief overview

With such a rich heritage, The Royal Regiment of Scotland has inherited a wealth of Regimental music for both the Pipes & Drums and the Military Band and music plays an essential part of 7 SCOTS life.

7 SCOTS has its own Band of Pipes & Drums manned by multi talented Army Reserve soldiers who receive their musical training at the Army School of Bagpipe Music and Highland Drumming in Edinburgh.

It also has its own Military Band known as The Highland Band The Royal Regiment of Scotland and formed from gifted Army Reserve musicians. The Military Band is an intrinsic part of Battalion life and is a first class advertisement for the Army Reserve and the Battalion.

The Pipes & Drums

Military Pipe Bands are known as the Pipes & Drums (P&D) and are divided into two sections; the Pipers are under the direction of the Pipe Major and the Drummers are under the direction of the Drum Major. Pipers and Drummers are soldiers first and foremost and the Pipes & Drums Platoon has an operational role in the Battalion Order of Battle (ORBAT). Most Drummers are also trained as Buglers.

The Drum Major is normally in over-all command of the Pipes & Drums although this can be the Pipe Major on seniority. The Pipe Major is responsible for the preservation and maintenance of Scottish and Highland tradition within the Battalion and for training the Pipers. He has direct access to the Commanding Officer on these matters. The Battalion appoints a Pipe President who is an Officer of field rank and who is responsible for the management of the Pipes & Drums.

The Highland Band

The Highland Band The Royal Regiment of Scotland is as integral a part of 7 SCOTS. 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 Highland Band The Royal Regiment of Scotland is commanded by the Director of Music (DOM), normally an Officer of the rank of Captain, supported by a Warrant Officer Class 1 Bandmaster, these are invariably ex Regular Directors of Music. The Battalion appoints a Band President who is an Officer of field rank and who is responsible for the management of The Highland Band The Royal Regiment of Scotland.