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Citadel News Service
17 Sep 2009

Pipe Band to compete at Scottish Games and Highland Gathering

This Saturday, The Citadel Pipe Band will participate in the 38th annual Charleston Scottish Games and Highland Gathering at Boone Hall Plantation.

"We will serve as the host band to 19 other pipe bands from across the Southeast," said Jim Dillahey, director of the pipe bad.

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The Citadel Pipe Band also will be competing to determine which band has the best overall sound based on tone quality, musical arrangement and ensemble.

The Scottish Games run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19. The pipe band competition starts at 1 p.m. 

The Citadel Pipe Band is led by Cadet Capt. Angela Yenca of Bethesda, Md., the drum major Cadet Capt. Blake Traynham of Greenville, S.C., and the drum sergeant Cadet 1st Lt. Nick Lacour of Mt. Pleasant, S.C.

The sounds of bagpipes were first heard at The Citadel in 1955. One of the most easily recognized attractions at the college, the Pipe Band is composed of a drum major and 25 pipers and drummers. Each fall, the unit recruits pipers from the entering freshman class, many of whom have never played the bagpipes.

The colorful unit, led by the kilted drum major in a feather bonnet, is the leading element of the Regimental Band and Pipes. From 1956 until 1981 the bagpipers wore the Royal Stewart tartan. Since 1981, the bagpipers have worn The Citadel's own tartan, which has been duly registered in Edinburgh, Scotland. The Pipe Band is popular at dress parades and other events throughout South Carolina and the nation. The Pipe Band is a very active organization that also competes as a Grade IV band at Highland Games all over the United States.

The Regimental Band and Pipes, like the other cadet companies, provides its members with opportunities to develop their leadership skills. Many band members and pipers move through the ranks and obtain senior positions of leadership within the Corps of Cadets. Members pursue commissions in the U.S. military and excel in law, government, business, industry, medicine and higher education after graduation.

At home on the parade field and in a concert hall, The Regimental Band and Pipes has earned an international 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 1991, the Regimental Band and Pipes became the first military college band ever to be selected to participate in the world famous Edinburgh Military Tattoo of Scotland - a month-long nightly event of music, pageantry and demonstrations by military organizations from around the world. The band and pipes will return to Scotland for the 2010 Tattoo.

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