About the Band

The Pipes and Drums of The London Scottish were founded soon after the raising of the Regiment in 1859. At over 150 years old the band is considered to be one of the oldest pipe bands in the world. The band continues to wear the full dress uniform of the Regiment as it did at its inception in 1860. Our tartan, the ‘Hodden Grey’, is distinctive and unusual, as it has no pattern. The tartan was chosen to blend in with the environment as an early form of camouflage.

Nowadays the band aims to be seen as much as possible to raise awareness of The London Scottish and The London Regiment.

The band provides musical support for Regimental functions such as dinners and parades. We also support the Army in general through high profile events such as Beating Retreat. We don’t only perform at military events; we tend to be kept busy throughout the year with a wide range of functions ranging from The Lord Mayor’s Show to The Royal Caledonian Ball.

The band regularly travels abroad and has performed in many European countries including Germany, Spain, Belgium, Gibraltar, Italy and Switzerland. Members of the band have also had opportunities to travel and play further afield in countries including Uzbekistan, Jamaica and Trinidad.

The band is always looking for new players so if you play the pipes or drums please do get in touch.

The Pipes and Drums of the London Scottish appear by kind permission of their Regimental Colonel, Brigadier Alastair Bruce of Crionaich OBE ADC DL

"The London Scottish Regiment has a strong tradition of its pipers wearing banners. These are flown from the bass drone of the pipes and have a different image on each side. There are conventions regarding the size and shape of the banners but several of the banners do not conform to the conventions. Often the banner shows the Regimental insignia on one side and the sponsor's crest or emblem on the other side. This may be the coat of arms of the Commanding Officer, a city crest or insignia of an associated regiment. The banners represented here are a selection or the banners belonging to the Regiment."


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