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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. As the Band celebrate their 80th anniversary this academic year, the Pipes and Drums hope to: return to Menin Gate to take part in the Last Post Association Service in February; attend the Scottish Schools Pipe Band Championships; and in August 2022, take 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.

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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.


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Senior Pipe Major: Mrs Iona Scotson -

Student Leadership Team:

Drum Major: R Roberts
Pipe Major: M Carter
Drum Sergeant: E Bailey
Pipe Sergeant: I Shepheard
Pipe Corporal: H Gordon
Drum Corporal: W Perera
Lead - Tenor and Bass: E Scarlett

2021-2022 events
Date Event
9th September Dine Out in London
12th September Greeting motorcyclists taking part in the ride from John of Groats to Land’s End in aid for Help for Heroes at Brookwood Military Cemetery
19th September Parade
26th September Greeting the Archbishop of Canterbury
3rd October RSPBA London and South competition
17th October Harvest Parade
19th October Surrey Police Pass Off Parade
13th November Aldershot Town FC V Grimsby Remembrance Match
13th November Dame Vera Lynn Concert
14th November Remembrance Parade
14th November Chobham Remembrance Parade
26th November Pirbright Village Primary School Christmas Fair
22nd January Whitehall Parade
23rd January Guildford Cathedral
5th-6th February Menin Gate - POSTPONED
23rd February Surrey Police Pass Off Parade
27th February Parade
12th-13th March Scottish Schools Pipe Band Championships - CANCELLED
27th March Parade
24th April RSPBA Pipe Band and Solos Competition 
10th May Longmoor Drill Competition
12th May Playing with the Red Hot Chilli Pipers
14th May Lightwater Fete
15th May RSPBA Pipe Band and Solo Competition
17th May Playing with Skerryvore
18th May American Inter-Club Match Queenwood Golf Club
20th May Evening entertainment at Queenwood Golf Club
26th May CWGC Open Air Recital, Brookwood Cemetery
29th May Memorial Day American War Graves, Brookwood Cemetery
9th June Beating Retreat with the Grenadier Guards, Aldershot Garrison
11th June Patron’s Parade
22nd June Brooklands College Public Services Pass Out Parade
25th June Armed Forces Day Military Convoy
27th June Summer Arts Eveninf
29th June Surrey Police Pass Off Parade, Loseley House
1st July Masterclass with National Piping Centre
2nd July Annual Parade
6th-7th July Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium
3rd-10th July Tuscany Trip
29th-31st July Scottish Championships in Dumbarton
11th-14th August World Pipe Band Championships at Glasgow Green