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Citadel News Service
3 Dec 2009

“America’s Band in 2010” - Samuel James “Jim” Dillahey IV

Citadel Capt. “Jim” Dillahey joined the music staff at The Military College of South Carolina in 2003 as the director of piping. A member of The Citadel Pipe Band as a cadet, Dillahey graduated in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in political science with an emphasis in law and legal studies. He earned his master’s in education from The Citadel in 2005.


Dillahey’s piping career began in Dunedin, Fla., at the age of 10 under the instruction of Pipe Major Sandy Keith, a native of Scotland who teaches beginning pipers and drummers in the Dunedin school system. Dillahey progressed quickly through the amateur ranks winning almost every major prize along the way. In 2003, he was promoted to the professional ranks by the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association where he has since served as a member of the association’s music board.

Dillahey’s professional solo piping accomplishments are numerous in the United States, Canada and Scotland. He has performed in several invitation-only contests, including the 2009 Silver Medal in Oban, Scotland, where he was one of three U.S. representatives in the 30-person field.

Along with other major solo competitions, Dillahey has played in the 2008 and 2009 Dunvegan Medal in Portree , Isle of Skye in Scotland. He played in several bands during his piping career to include the Dunedin Middle and High School bands, the city of Dunedin Pipe Band, the city of Washington Pipe Band, and The Citadel Pipe Band where he has served as the pipe major while a cadet. He also is currently the pipe major of the prize-winning Charleston Police Pipes and Drums, which is the top-rated police pipe band in the United States.

Along with his duties instructing and mentoring cadets at The Citadel, Dillahey has been an instructor at the prestigious North American Academy of Piping and Drumming in Valle Crucis, N.C., for the past six years. Since he started teaching piping in 1990, he has taught countless students through workshops, private lessons and in bands.

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