“America’s Band” - The Citadel Regimental Band and Pipes
The 2017 Presidential Inaugural Parade represented the seventh time since 1953 Citadel cadets have been selected to participate in the historic American tradition. The Citadel Regimental Band and Pipes and Summerall Guards were invited jointly to represent the college in 1953 and 1985. Other appearances by the band included 1957, 1961, 1989 and 2005.
Throughout its history, The Citadel has maintained a tradition of duty, pride and excellence as part of the cadet experience, and the Regimental Band and Pipes has been a part of that tradition since 1909. As one of the 21 companies comprising the South Carolina Corps of Cadets, the Regimental Band and Pipes leads the way and sets the tempo that all other cadets follow.
In 2015 The Citadel’s Regimental Band and Pipes will again return to the invitation-only, world famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Scotland. It is a month-long nightly event of music, pageantry and demonstrations by military organizations from around the world. The Citadel’s band and pipes is the only U.S. military college band to have ever been invited and will be “America’s Band” in 2015.
While the Regimental Band and Pipes functions as a single cadet company at The Citadel, it has two parts - the Regimental Band and the Regimental Pipe Band. The Regimental Band is made up of about 80 cadet musicians. The Pipe Band is composed of a drum major and approximately 35 to 40 pipers and drummers.
Whether at home on the parade field, in a concert hall, or on an international stage, The Regimental Band and Pipes has earned a global reputation as one of the world's premiere military college bands, offering music with great variety and appeal. Members have marched during inaugural parades and national functions and played for the President of the United States on numerous occasions.
In 2015, for the third time in the history of the college, The Citadel Regimental Band and Pipes will represent the United States as the only U.S. band invited to the hallowed castle stage of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Scotland. In fact, The Citadel’s band is the only U.S. military college band to ever be invited to the prestigious event which is the largest of its kind in the world. The program is broadcast in 30 countries to approximately 100 million people annually.
In 1991, the Regimental Band and Pipes became the first military college band to be selected to participate in Scotland's world famous tattoo - a month-long nightly event of music, pageantry and demonstrations by military organizations from around the world. In 2010, they performed in Edinburgh for the second time as the only organization from the United States. Along with performances at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, both units performed at the highly acclaimed Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo in the summer of 2013.
An important segment of cadet life at The Citadel, the Regimental Band and Pipes contributes to the morale of the Corps and helps to maintain the martial atmosphere of the campus. The band is an active organization that provides service to The Citadel and the community in many capacities. It performs during the Friday afternoon dress parades and buglers control the daily schedule.
The band also is active at football games and inspires Citadel athletic teams and fans with its Pep Band throughout the year. Contributing to The Citadel's annual Christmas holiday celebrations, members form an ensemble that accompanies the many cadet choirs in the Christmas candlelight service.