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Have maces will travel

Written by Charlene Gunnells
Saturday, 31 July 2010 21:43

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Going to the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is pretty special in its own right. But the Regimental Band and Pipes have something else special to be proud of.

The two bands are carrying new maces for their rehearsals while in Scotland. The Citadel Regimental Band and Pipes makes its performance debut Aug. 5 at Edinburgh Castle. An audience of thousands and the international media will be there. That night, Drum Major Chris Mitchell and Pipe Band Drum Major Blake Traynham will unveil the one-of-a-kind Citadel maces.

A mace is use to give musical direction and direct troop movements on the field.

The maces are unique to The Citadel with gold-plated hat brass affixed to two sides and a custom made gold eagle, a replica of the one on the top of Bond Hall. In the 100 years of the Regimental Band and the 55 years of the Pipe Band neither has ever had Citadel maces.

The maces were commissioned by and paid for by alumni led by Art Davis, '80, and John Liberto, '80. They contacted Director of Piping Capt. Jim Dillahey and asked if they could do something special to commemorate the Tattoo trip. "They stepped up to the plate and hit a home run. These are some of the most beautiful maces I have seen and probably will see in a long time."

The alumni raised nearly $5,000 and the Regimental Mace Co. of California created two regular maces that will be used for campus events like Friday afternoon dress parades, and two special maces are being made and will be delivered to the bands while in Scotland. The special maces will be used for special occasions such as the Long Gray Line parade and big weekends like Parents' Weekend and Corps Day.

To mark the donation from alumni, a plaque with each donor's name will hang in the Band Hall in Coward Hall.

“Because they will first be used at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo,” said Dillahey, “the maces will be even more meaningful to the future band drum majors who will carry them, and they will serve as an inspiration to the generations of band members who follow.”