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Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Pipe Band


From the CD Booklet "Glengarried Men "

Amongst highland forces, pipers have held an important and honoured position. They reflect the spirit of the Regiment and are an integral part of the unit. All pipers, including the Pipe Major, have fought with and played for their parent companies within the Regiment standing side by side in barracks and on the battlefield. Only in about 1850 were the pipers gathered into a band to which the drums were added as an accompaniment. Thus the pipe band came into existence.

The duties of the Pipes and Drums remain largley unchanged since the birth of the Regiment in 1794 . They still play at various times of the day to call soldiers to their tasks, with the Duty Piper and Duty Drummer playing to rouse the camp in the early morning, to later calls being made for such events as mealtimes and Last Post. In between such duties the Pipes and Drums have always continued their military training so as to be able to fight alongside the rest of the Regiment.Currently they form the Machine Gun Platoon deploying on operations and exercise to carry out their military duties, but always with the pipes close to hand. During the summer season they are also kept busy at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo and the competition circuit.

The Pipes and Drums of the 1st Battalion The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders remain a fundamental element of this fighting highland Regiment. Since the beginning of the Regiment in 1794 they have continued to give a sense of unity unparalleled elsewhere. Expressing the professionalism and spirit of the Battalion in their music and operational record they are a continuing source of pride, as well as of inspiration to continue over 200 years of military and piping excellence.

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