Pipes and Drums

The Scots College Pipes and Drums are synonymous with the College's heritage and have proudly worn the tartan of the Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) since they were given permission to do so back in 1931.

The Band started in 1900, when five boys joined the Cadets as Pipers. At present, there are over 200 boys learning to play or playing the bagpipes or drums. Since 1900, the Pipes and Drums boast a proud record of representing the College at national and international venues.

The award winning Pipes and Drums offers co-curricular tuition in challenging band skills and wonderful performance experiences.

Performance highlights include:

  • Annual participation in Anzac Day.
  • Annually compete in State Championships.
  • 2012: Invited to perform at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
  • 2008: Played at the Nova Scotia Tattoo; Australian Grade 4 and Juvenile Champions.
  • 2007: Participated in the New Zealand Pipe Band Championships.
  • 2006: Placed third in Australian Championships.
  • 2005: Performed at the Edinburgh Tattoo Salute in Sydney.
  • 2001: Went on a tour of Scotland, where they played in a number of castles, highland games and towns. While on this trip, they also played in London (London Scottish Regiment) and Portsmouth.
  • 1996: Played at the Nova Scotia Tattoo.
  • 1993: Played at the Nova Scotia Tattoo. On their way back that year, they performed at Disneyland in California.
  • 1987: Played in the Searchlight Tattoo in Cardiff, Wales.
  • 1979: Performed at the World Festival in Toronto, Canada.
  • 1973: The band were the first Australians and first 'Juvenile band' in the world to perform at the Edinburgh Tattoo.

The Pipes and Drums have performed at a number of Regal and Vice Regal functions and have performed in front of capacity crowds at a number of international sporting fixtures here in Sydney.

Boys voluntarily join the Pipes and Drums and often spend five to six years playing the instrument of their choice. They can learn piping or drumming as a 2 Unit Music Subject in the Higher School Certificate.

The College takes great pride in the Pipes and Drums and in the many acts of community service they perform throughout each year.

For enquires please contact Mr Ray Lee, Bandmaster on +61 2 9391 7616 or r.lee@tsc.nsw.edu.au.