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The Citadel Regimental Band and Pipes Fast Facts

The Citadel Regimental Band and Pipes

  • The band receives hundreds of requests to perform annually, plays at events across South Carolina, performs annually in numerous New Orleans Mardi Gras parades and has performed for several United States Presidents

  • While the Regimental Band and Pipes functions as a single cadet company at The Citadel, it actually has two parts - the Regimental Band and The Citadel Pipe Band

  • The Regimental Band was formed in 1909

  • The Regimental Band is made up of about 70 cadet musicians recruited from around the nation and the world

  • The Regimental Pipes was formed and joined the college’s band in 1955

  • The Pipes Band is composed of a drum major and 30 to 40 pipers and drummers and is highly competitive at Grades IV and V at Highland Games all over the United States

  • Approximately 100 members of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets comprise the combined band

Signature Tartan

At its inception the Pipe Band wore the red Royal Stewart tartan. In 1981, the band began wearing The Citadel's own tartan, which has been duly registered in Edinburgh, Scotland. The color of the tartan incorporates the college’s colors of blue and white. The Gold woven into the signature fabric is reminiscent of the brass on the South Carolina Corps of Cadets uniforms. Red represents a cadet officer's sash.


Over the past 100 years, The Citadel’s band has earned many distinctions on a local, regional, national, and international level. Some examples include:

  • Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Scotland (1991, 2010, 2015) - an invitation only, month-long nightly event of music and demonstrations by military organizations from more than 30 nations. The Citadel’s band remains 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.


Music Director

The music director is Retired Navy Cmdr. Mike Alverson. He was named The Citadel's 2013 Employee of the Year. Under his leadership The Citadel performed at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in 2010 and earned an invitation to return in 2015. Alverson has held numerous top-level leadership roles with the U.S. Navy Band, including director. He has earned numerous military awards including the Meritorious Service Award (there awards). He was a trombone instrumentalist.

Pipes Director

Major Jim Dillahey is a graduate of The Citadel’s Class of 2001. He is the director of the Pipe Band and leads the ensemble to Grade IV and V level competitions at Highland Games all over the United States, as well as leading them to earn positions in the 2010 and 2015 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. His piping career began at age 10 and he has earned accolades and awards for solo piping performances across the U.S., in Canada and in Scotland.

Original pipes band, 1955, The Citadel

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