Pipes and Drums
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Reflecting the ceremonial tradition of Gordon's
A unique and famous feature of Gordon’s is our 50 strong Band of Pipes and Drums. The Pipes and Drums reflect the ceremonial tradition of Gordon’s School. The Pipes and Drums wear a form of military uniform incorporating the Gordon Tartan and the same uniform is worn by all students for ceremonial Parades.
From inception, the Gordon’s Boys’ Home in Dover had a Pipe Band, tutored by the Pipe Major of the Seaforth Highlanders, who, at the time, were posted to Dover Castle. Sadly, in 1941, the Home in Dover was bombed and it was at this time that the Pipe Band were relocated to the Home in West End, now known as Gordon’s School. In 1941, the Band consisted of six boys and has grown over the last 80 years to the Band you see today, establishing a lasting tradition within the School.
Gordon’s School Pipes and Drums has been fortunate enough to perform in front of Her Majesty The Queen at Westminster Abbey in 2014 for An Observance of the Commonwealth, as well as performing in the Lord Mayor’s Show and Windsor Castle, to name but a few. Every year, the Pipes and Drums lead the annual Parade through Whitehall which is always a highlight of the Band’s calendar. In 2022, their 80th anniversary year, the Pipes and Drums returned to Menin Gate to take part in the Last Post Association Service; attended the Scottish Schools Pipe Band Championships; and in August 2022, took part in the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow Green for the first time in its history.
Our aspiration is to have a Band that is world renowned, a reason why some students might chose Gordon’s ahead of any other school. In the coming years we aim for the Band to tour overseas, to compete in regional, British (Scottish Schools annual gathering) and international competitions (World Championships in Glasgow), and form lasting links with UK and overseas schools that also have Pipes and Drums.
A Celebration of the 80th Anniversary of the Pipes and Drums
In February 2022 the Pipes and Drums held a special celebration of its 80th Anniversary, with a concert in the school Chapel of St Edward the Confessor. Special guests at the event included The Sevenoaks Trio; Scots Guards Association Pipes and Drums - South; City of London Pipe Band; Pipe Major Roger Huth; solo piping judge Roddy Livingstone and a Highland dancing display from the Esslemonts. The evening raised £1,228.25 which was divided between SSAFA The Armed Forces charity and Fight for Sight. Please see below for a recording of the concert.
Please click here to see our Pipes and Drums Band perform at a School Parade. Below is a video of them taking part in the Last Post Association Remembrance Service at Menin Gate, Ypres in July 2022.
The Pipes and Drums took part in the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow, for the first time in their history in August 2022. Below is a video of their performance:
Senior Pipe Major: Mrs Iona Scotson - email@example.com.
Student Leadership Team:
Drum Major: W Perera
Pipe Major: L Massie
Drum Sergeant: E Bailey
Pipe Sergeant: W Zhou
Pipe Corporal: L Hall
Drum Corporal: K Vijayaragavan
Lead - Tenor and Bass: E Scarlett
|14th September||Rugby Gordon's v Bishop Wandsworth|
|15th September||Surrey Police Pass Off Parade|
|28th September||Rugby Gordon's vs Beechen Cliff|
|7th October||Chobham schools Prom|
|12th October||Rugby Gordon's vs Truro|
|16th October||Harvest Parade|
|3rd November||London Poppy Day Appeal at Canon Street Station|
|4th November||London Gatwick for the Poppy Appeal|
|6th November||Brookwood Last Post|
|11th November||Cove School Remembrance|
|11th November||Remembrance Concert with Surrey Police Band|
|12th November||Aldershot Town FC V Remembrance Match|
|13th November||School Remembrance Parade|
|13th November||Chobham Remembrance Parade|
|19th November||494 Squadron Dinner Night, Houses of Parliament|
|25th November||Pirbright Village Primary School Winter Fair|
|9th and 10th December||National Piping Centre Visit including Masterclass and Recital|
|21st January||Whitehall Parade|
|22nd January||Guildford Cathedral Memorial Service|
|4th and 5th February||Menin Gate|
|3rd March||American Battle Monuments Commission Centenary Celebrations|
|4th March||Independent Schools Solo Piping and Drumming Competition|
|11th and 12th March||Scottish Schools Pipe Band Championships|
|20th March||Rosslyn Park National Schools 7s|
|23rd March||Surrey Police Pass Off Parade|
|23rd April||RSPBA Competition|
|13th May||Wembley Stadium National League Playoff Finals|
|20th May||Lightwater Fete|
|10th June||Patron's Parade|
|15th May||RSPBA Pipe Band and Solo Competition|
|24th June||Armed Forces Day|
|25th June||Bisley Strawberry Fayre|
|1st July||Annual Parade|
|2nd to 6th July||Music Tour to Paris|
|28th to 30th July||Scottish Pipe Band Championships|
|16th to 20th August||World Pipe Band Championships|
|2nd to 3rd September||Chatsworth County Fair for the English Championships|