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Band of the Scots Guards

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Genres  World, Pop
Band of the Scots Guards Band of The Scots Guards leaves Victoria Kevin White ccbysa
Also known as  Band of the Scots Guards
Website  Home of the Scots Guards Band
Origin  Scotland, United Kingdom (1642)
Albums  Pipes & Drums, Bearskin and Tartan
Record labels  Hollywood Records, Hallmark Records, ARC
Similar  The Band of the Irish Guards, Band of the Welsh Guards, Band of the Grenadier Guards, Band of the Coldstream Guards, Royal Marines Band Ser

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The Band of the Scots Guards is one of five bands in the Foot Guards Regiments in the Household Division which primarily guards the British monarch.


Band of the Scots Guards Band of the Scots Guards to play at charity concert at Thursford

The band is based at Wellington Barracks in St James's, London, which is the same place as for all the foot guards bands.

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The band of the scots guards

Regimental Marches

The Regimental Quick March is Hielan' Laddie. The Regimental Slow March is The Garb of Old Gaul,


The Scots Guards is a band that was formed by King Charles I in 1642. It is known that in 1716 a small band of "hautbouys" existed; however, the precise origins of the Band of the Scots Guards are unknown.

The band grew in strength during the early part of the 19th century and by 1838, it could boast some 32 performers. Throughout the 19th century the band expanded, until in 1888, there was an establishment of 44.

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During the First World War it entertained troops at Ypres and the Somme in 1916. During the Second World War it was entertaining troops on the home front. This was sometimes through the medium of wireless, an example being 18 March 1942, when at 1 am, band members reported for a BBC Overseas Broadcast at the Paris Cinema. Musicians also found themselves on Fire Watch duties based at Egerton House, Buckingham Gate.

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The Scots Guards was the only Foot Guards Band to be deployed on active service during the Gulf War in 1990 (with three of their colleagues from the Irish Guards Band). Many different aspects of hospital duties attached to the various departments of 33 General Hospital based in Al Jubail, Saudi Arabia were involved in their work there. In 1992, the Colonel of the Regiment, HRH The Duke of Kent presented Gulf War Medals to Band members.

The Band played at the handover ceremony in Hong Kong in 1997 and completed an extensive 10-week tour of the United States and Canada in early 1998. In February and March 2000, the Band performed at concerts in Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, in Australia, before travelling on to Wellington, in New Zealand to take part in the first performance of the Edinburgh Tattoo abroad.

The Band visited Brisbane again in October 2000 to participate in the Brisbane Festival 2000 international Military tattoo.

The Band currently has 49 members, one of whose father served with the Band in the 1970s.


There are several ensembles within the Band of the Scots Guards:

  • Concert band
  • Marching band
  • Dance band
  • Fanfare Trumpeters
  • Brass Quintet
  • Wind Quintet
  • String Quartet
  • Orchestra
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Events

    The Band of the Scots Guards plays for events of state. Some of the occasions that are most famous are listed below, although this is not a comprehensive list:

  • Changing of the Guard
  • The Festival of Remembrance
  • Trooping the Colour
  • Beating the Retreat
  • Royal Ascot
  • The band also performs at other non-military events.

    Key personnel

  • Director of Music: Major Lawrence Sale
  • Bandmaster: Warrant Officer Class 1 Will Casson-Smith
  • Band Sergeant Major: Warrant Officer Class 2 Paul Holt
  • Songs

    From the HighlandsThe Best of The Band of the Scots Guards · 2010
    Garb of Old GaulThe Best of The Band of the Scots Guards · 2010
    Hielan' LaddieThe Best of The Band of the Scots Guards · 2010


    Band of the Scots Guards Wikipedia