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Citadel News Service
15 Sep 2014

Major national announcement at 43rd Annual Scottish Games

The Citadel’s Regimental Band and Pipes joins Games for proclamation and performance

The popular Charleston Scottish Games & Highland Gathering gets underway in mid-September for its 43rd year. The four-day festival is one of the largest of its kind in the U.S. This fall’s event will include an unexpected highlight: a performance by members of The Citadel Regimental Band and Pipes, accompanied by an announcement about a 2015 event that will again put Charleston on the world stage. The performance and announcement will take place at approximately 12:15 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Games Boone Hall Plantation center stage. 

“The Citadel’s pipe band has been an extraordinary part of the Charleston Scottish Games & Highland Gathering for decades,” said Ron Hayes, president of The Scottish Society of Charleston. “We are honored to support them and the entire Citadel Regimental Band and Pipes, as they kick off the countdown to representing Charleston, and the United States of America, at the most prestigious event of its kind, The 2015 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.” 

Hayes and other dignitaries will make the proclamation that The Citadel Regimental Band and Pipes will once again be “America’s Band in 2015”, representing the United States as the nation’s only band invited to participate in the prestigious Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.  The Citadel's band is also the only U.S. Military college band to ever be invited to the exclusive Tattoo, returning to Edinburgh, Scotland, for a third time in July of 2015. The announcement at the Games will mark the beginning of the college's fundraising effort supporting the travel costs for the 80 band members.

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is a month-long festival of music, pageantry and demonstrations by military organizations from around the world. The program is broadcast in 30 countries to approximately 100 million people annually, according to the BBC. The 2015 Tattoo runs from Aug. 7 - 29, at Edinburgh Castle. To find out more or to donate, please click here or call The Citadel Foundation at 843-953-6079.

“Being invited for a third time is a phenomenal achievement. The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is a rare and wonderful opportunity to showcase The Citadel, our cadets, and the Lowcountry internationally. We are grateful to our friends at the Charleston Scottish Games for supporting us,” said The Citadel Director of Music, Commander Mike Alverson, USN (Ret).

The Scottish Games & Highland Gathering features piping & drumming, Scottish heavy athletics, Scottish country dancing and Highland dancing, children’s activities, Border Collie demonstrations Irish hurling, rugby, and a beer garden and Celtic nations tent among other things. Tickets can be purchased here.

About The Scottish Society of Charleston

On February 26, 1973, the Scottish Society of Charleston was incorporated to keep alive Scottish heritage and customs in the Low Country of South Carolina. Those include ceilidhs, Burns’ Night Suppers and Scottish Games, sponsoring a Scottish pipe band, and awarding scholarships in piping, drumming, and dancing.  The society also distributes the proceeds from its largest annual event, The Scottish Games & Highland Gathering, to charitable causes in the Lowcountry, with the donation of an entire room at the Ronald McDonald House in downtown Charleston, being one of its most substantial philanthropic efforts.

About The Citadel

The Citadel is a four-year, public college in historic Charleston, South Carolina. The Citadel offers a classic military college education for young men and women profoundly focused on leadership excellence and academic distinction. Graduates are not required to serve in the military but about 35 percent of each class commission as officers in every branch of U.S. military service. Graduates of The Citadel have served the nation, their state and their community as principled leaders since the college was founded in 1842. The Citadel Graduate College offers more than 40 Master's degrees and graduate certificates in a wide range of disciplines, plus five undergraduate programs, through an all-evening schedule. Some graduate courses are available online.

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