Fast facts about The Citadel Regimental Band and Pipes
- Whether at home on the college’s parade field, in a concert hall or on an international stage, The Citadel Regimental Band and Pipes has earned a global reputation as one of the world’s premiere military college bands
- The Citadel Regimental Band and Pipes receives requests to perform around South Carolina, America, the United Kingdom and Canada and has performed for seven U.S. Presidents, most recently in 2017
- While the Regimental Band and Pipes functions as a single cadet company at The Citadel, and as a unit at The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, it actually has two parts – the Regimental Band and The Citadel Pipe Band
- The Regimental Band was formed in 1909. It is made up of about 100 cadet musicians recruited from around the nation and the world
- The Regimental Pipe Band was formed and joined the college’s band in 1955. It consists of a drum major and about 30 pipers and drummers and is highly competitive at grades IV and V at Highland Games around the U.S.
- Band members and pipers wear The Citadel’s unique tartan (plaid, woolen cloth) which is registered in Edinburgh, Scotland. The tartan incorporates the college’s colors of blue and white.
- Over the past 100 years, The Citadel’s band has earned distinctions on local, regional, national and international levels, some of which include invitations to perform as America’s Band in The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in 1991, 2010, 2015 and 2020, as well as the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo in 2013.
- Approximately 80 members of The Citadel Regimental Band and Pipes will travel to Edinburgh to perform in the Tattoo in 2020, with the help of band supporters