Regimental Band and Pipes kick off centennial year with concert
Mark your calendars for Tuesday, April 14 when The Citadel's Regimental Band and Pipes will perform its annual spring concert at 6:45 p.m. in McAlister Field House on the school’s campus. The concert is free and open to the public.
Known primarily for performing military honors and marches, the Regimental Band this year will be performing classical concert band music and some big band jazz. The 2009 concert will also feature an extended performance of traditional Scottish music by the Regimental Pipe Band.
The Regimental Band and Pipes function as a single cadet company of about 100 members. The Regimental Band has been a part of The Citadel tradition of duty, pride and excellence since 1909 while the Regimental Pipe Band was formed in 1955.
Both groups play an important role in cadet life, performing during the Friday afternoon dress parades, providing daily bugler duty and participating in athletic events, the annual Christmas Candlelight Service and numerous other campus and community events and formal ceremonies.
The Regimental Band will celebrate its centennial this year with a written and pictorial history of Band Company, the release of a new CD, and other special performances and alumni events. As a fitting cap to the centennial celebration, the Regimental Band and Pipes has been invited to perform next summer in the 2010 Edinburgh, Scotland Military Tattoo, an international gathering of military bands, pipes and drums, and other world-class performing groups.