Army School of Bagpipe Music and Highland Drumming

The Army School of Bagpipe Music and Highland Drumming is a British Army training establishment that provides instruction on Scottish pipe band music to military pipers and drummers.

Army School of Bagpipe Music and Highland Drumming
Country United Kingdom
Branch British Army
RoleBagpipe Music and Highland Drumming
Garrison/HQInchdrewer House, Edinburgh



Founded in 1910 as the Army School of Piping (later renamed the Army School of Bagpipe Music), the School was formerly located at Edinburgh Castle but is now located at Inchdrewer House near Redford Barracks in Edinburgh, Scotland and is administered by the Infantry Training Centre, it is also affiliated with the Royal Corps of Army Music. Generally regarded as the smallest unit in the British Army, the School is now commanded by a Director who is a qualified army Pipe Major and who usually holds the rank of Captain or Major (usually being commissioned from Warrant Officer rank on appointment). The Director is assisted by a Chief Instructor, who is the Senior Pipe Major of the British Army.

The School provides courses at different levels to pipers and drummers of the British Armed Forces throughout the year, and qualified instructors are drawn from the pipes and drums of various units in the British Army. The School accepts students from Commonwealth armed forces, but not civilians. It has in the past provided instruction to various police band members, but this has not taken place for a number of years.

The School forms part of the Piping and Drumming Qualifications Board, which is a collaboration among the Piobaireachd Society, the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association, the College of Piping, and the National Piping Centre. Together, the Institute sets a standardised piping certificate programme for students from around the world.[1]

British Armed Forces Pipe Bands

A massed band of pipe bands from the school at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Royal Air Force

  • RAF Halton Pipes and Drums[3]
  • RAF Central Scotland Pipes and Drums[3]
  • RAF Cosford Pipes and Drums[3]
  • RAF Lossiemouth Pipes and Drums[3]
  • RAF Waddington Pipes and Drums[3]
  • Pipes and Drums of 2622 (Highland) Squadron[3]



See also



  1. ^ "The Piping and Drumming Qualifications Board". Retrieved 11 January 2015.
  2. ^ "Gurkha Staff and Personnel Support Annual Briefing Day and Dinner Night 2017". The Gurkha Brigade Association. 4 December 2017. Retrieved 2 March 2021.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Royal Air Force Pipes and Drums". Retrieved 24 March 2021.
  4. ^ "The History of Army Piping and Regimental Pipe Bands – Part 1". Piping Press. 29 April 2015. Retrieved 1 June 2021.
  5. ^ "Bagpipe Music : Pipe Tunes : Pipe Music : Bagpipe Composers : McGillivray Piping". Archived from the original on 15 March 2016. Retrieved 9 July 2016.

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