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Citadel News Service
4 Dec 2009

“America’s Band in 2010” - Fact Sheet

The Citadel Regimental Band and Pipes will return to Edinburgh, Scotland, in 2010 to participate in the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, a month-long nightly festival of music, pageantry and demonstrations by military organizations from around the world.

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As one of the 19 companies comprising the South Carolina Corps of Cadets, the Regimental Band and The Regimental Pipe Band lead the way and sets the tempo that all other cadets follow.

The Regimental Band and Pipes will be the only U.S. band in Edinburgh for the Tattoo. It is the second time The Citadel has received a prestigious invitation to the international festival, the largest of its kind in the world.

As one of the 20 companies comprising the South Carolina Corps of Cadets, the Regimental Band and The Regimental Pipe Band lead the way and sets the tempo that all other cadets follow.

The Regimental Band and Pipes performs during the Friday afternoon dress parades. Buglers control the daily schedule and freshman and sophomore cadets from the band perform as the Corps marches to its noon meal during the week. The band is also active at football games and inspires Citadel athletic teams and fans with its Pep Band.

The Regimental Band and Pipes have marched in three presidential inaugural parades – Dwight D. Eisenhower, George H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan.

The Regimental Band and Pipes, like the other cadet companies, provides its members with opportunities to develop their leadership skills. This year the regimental commander, the top ranked cadet in the Corps of Cadets, is from Band Company as is the regimental safety officer, regimental academic officer, Fourth Battalion religious officer, Regimental Support Battalion religious officer, and the Second Battalion’s provost marshal, spirit officer and administrative clerk. Cadets from Band Company were also elected by the Corps as this year’s sophomore and junior class presidents. 

The Regimental Band:

  • is made up of about 70 cadet musicians.
  • was founded in 1909. The band celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2009. 
  • held one of the band’s first public performances in 1910 when the newly commissioned battleship USS South Carolina made a port call in Charleston during “battleship week.”
  • used instruments borrowed from the South Carolina National Guard for its first cadet band performances. Today the college provides most instruments for the cadets. A few own their instruments.

The Regimental Pipe Band:

  • was founded at The Citadel in 1955.
  • was the only all-student military college marching band in the nation from 1955 to 2009. 
  • is one of the most easily recognized organizations at the college.
  • is composed of a drum major and approximately 30 to 35 pipers and drummers. 
  • has its own tartan. 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. 
  • competes as a Grade IV band at Highland Games all over the United States.

More information, including media resources such as photographs and video clips, is available on our web site at www.citadel.edu/band.

For more information about the Edinburgh Military Tattoo click here.

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