Materials on this page are provided as a courtesy to media outlets covering The Citadel Regimental Band and Pipes’ performances as America’s Band 2020 at The Royal Edinburgh Tattoo in 2020. In addition, a collection of archival items from The Citadel Regimental Band and Pipes is on display on campus in The Daniel Library.

Contents on this page include: news releases and media articles, photographs, leadership biographies, the college’s logo, media relations contact information and a link to the blog from when The Citadel was America’s Band 2015 at the Tattoo.

News releases and articles

The Citadel’s Regimental Pipe Band helps bring Scotland to the Lowcountry

FOCUS: Citadel military band to represent U.S. at Edinburgh Tattoo

Citadel to represent America in world’s most prestigious military music festival

Images for media use

Biographical information on The Citadel Regimental Band and Pipes leadership

Lt. Col. Timothy Smith, USMC (Ret.), The Citadel Music Director
Lt. Col. Timothy Smith, USMC (Ret.), The Citadel Music Director

Lt. Col. Timothy Smith, USMC (Ret.), is director of music for The Citadel. His military career consisted of over 20 years as an instrumentalist, arranger and vocalist, and later as a director of Marine Corps Bands. His assignments included the 4th Marine Aircraft Wing Band, the Naval School of Music, the Marine Corps Logistics Base, the Marine Forces Pacific Band, and the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Band.

During his tenure as a Marine band officer, Smith broke ground in establishing military bands as educational assets for school programs, establishing performance competitions for schools in Georgia, helping rebuild the Hawaii Music Educators conferences, and hosting master-classes in schools located where his Marine bands were performing. He directed the 2000 Combined West Coast Marine Band’s participation in the Rose Bowl Parade, and tattoo performances.

Smith’s Marine bands have performed thousands of concerts and ceremonies throughout the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Cuba and Puerto Rico.

After retiring from military service, Smith earned a Masters of Arts in Conducting from University of Georgia, went on to become director of bands at Norwich University, and then director of tours and outreach for the U.S. Air Force Band, Honor Guard and Chaplaincy in Washington, D.C.

In 2015, Smith premiered his first original composition with the Combined Armed Forces Bands of Oahu, entitled “A Higher Call.” He joined The Citadel the following year as director of music. Smith is leading The Citadel Regimental Band and Pipes to high levels of accomplishment and innovation with Jim Dillahey, director of pipes. Examples include participation in the 2017 U.S. Presidential Inaugural Parade, premiering Smith’s original music during campus military parades, and arranging and preparing for The Citadel’s fourth appearance in The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in 2020.

Smith holds fighting rank in traditional Japanese Ju-jitsu and Aikido, recently finished in the top 10% of the World Series of Poker, and is a proud father of three and grandfather of one.

Samuel “Jim” Dillahey IV, is an internationally-known pipes instructor and director of The Citadel Pipe Band. Dillahey, a member of The Citadel Class of 2001, joined his alma mater as director of piping in 2003. He earned his master’s in education from The Citadel in 2005.

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

Dillahey’s professional solo piping accomplishments are numerous in the United States, Canada and Scotland. He has performed in 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.

Most recently he earned first place (Grade 2) in the 2018 World Pipe Band Championships playing with the City of Dunedin Pipe Band in Glasgow, Scotland.

Along with other major solo competitions, Dillahey has played in the 2008 and 2009 Dunvegan Medal in Portree, Isle of Skye in Scotland. 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.

Dillahey’s leadership has helped The Citadel’s Pipe Band earn numerous awards, distinctions, and coveted invitations, including three of the four invitations to perform in The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Along with his duties instructing and mentoring cadets at The Citadel, Dillahey is an instructor at the North American Academy of Piping and Drumming in Valle Crucis, N.C.

The Citadel’s official logo

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Information about The Citadel

The Citadel, with its iconic campus located in Charleston, South Carolina, offers a classic military college education for young men and women focused on leadership excellence and academic distinction. The approximately 2,400 members of the S.C. Corps of Cadets are not required to serve in the military, but about one-third of each class earn commissions to become officers in every branch of U.S. military service. Citadel alumni have served the nation, their states and their communities as principled leaders since 1842. The Citadel Graduate College, founded 50 years ago, offers 25 graduate degree programs with 22 concentration options, 25 graduate certificate programs and 10 evening undergraduate programs in the evening or online. Named Best Public College in the South by U.S. News & WorldReport for eight consecutive years and No. 1 Best Public College for Veterans in the South. Learn more about Our Mighty Citadel here.

Media Contact Information

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America’s Band 2015 blog link