The Gibraltar Sea Scouts Pipe Band has been in existence for over 90 years. It was started 1914 as a small band with five pipers a bass drummer and three drummers. Since then the Band has grown in strength and now comprises some 30 musicians with many young scouts already receiving tuition.
The first recorded outing as a band was in (1920) when it attended the World Jamboree held in the United Kingdom. Among its pipers it proudly records the name of Pipe Major Rob Roy, the legendary piper of Tobruk, who during his tour of duty on the Rock played with the band and tutored its members.
During their tour of duty in Gibraltar, members of the band of the Royal Irish Rangers spent many hours of their spare time tutoring the pipers and drummers of the Sea Scouts Pipe Band and without doubt the present standards of the band are due to their commitment. Even today, more than thirty years later there are still close contacts with their now retired musicians and in particular their Pipe Major Albert Price, who recently came over to Gibraltar to present the band with the Regiment’s new Brigade Music Book.
The band has performed in many festivals and events outside Gibraltar including Scotland where the band played at the Blair Atholl International Scout Jamborette.
In Spain, playing for scouting events, the St.Patrick’s Day celebrations held by the Irish community of ex-patriots and the day of all Nations held in the Costa del Sol.
We have also played for a vast variety of events held in different municipalities in the surrounding area and in Asturias for the Celtic Festival, were the band is twined with the Pipes and Drums of Corvera.
The Band has also had the privilege of been invited to Morocco, to play for the King’s birthday celebrations.
Over these 90 years the band has played a prominent part in Gibraltar’s social calendar, participating in numerous events throughout the year. The band participates every year at the Three King’s Cavalcade held locally on the 5th January, and all Scouting events held during the Year. It also plays a prominent part in different community events held in Gibraltar.
The band meets on Mondays from 18.30hrs till 20.30 hrs. For further information please contact: Tony Galliano at the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here’s a video recording of the band playing Highland Cathedral in St Michael’s Cave, Gibraltar in 2001. The band was accompanied by the Rooke Volunteer Band.
Have a look at the different uniforms used by the band
1914 to 1968 – Note the sailor’s caps
1968 – Sailor’s caps were replaced with the beret and hackle
1975 – Introduction of the long white trousers
2001 – Navy blue trousers and the white jacket (summer uniform)
2001 – Navy blue trousers and tunics (winter uniform)
2010 – The current uniform. Kilts with the Flower of Scotland tartan
An exclusive Independent Award for Scout and Guide Music Sites Awarded by Lincoln District Scout Band on 30th May 2004.