royal scots dragoon guards
- July 27, 2022
Raised in 1946 through the demobilisation of the Lothians & Border Yeomanry, The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards Pipes & Drums have gone on to become one of the most famous pipe bands on the planet.
In 1972 following the amalgamation of the Royal Scots Greys and 3rd Carabiniers, the Pipes & Drums along with the Regimental Band rose to the top of the charts with their recording of Amazing Grace, earning eight gold discs for worldwide sales of over 7 million copies. This recording also brought piping to a worldwide audience and marked the beginning of bagpipes becoming incorporated with other musical ensembles.
The recording set the foundations for commercial success and the Pipes & Drums went on to record further albums including Highland Cathedral and Parallel Tracks featuring Dire Straits’ guitarist Mark Knopfler. In 2009 the Pipes & Drums rose back to stardom with the Album “Spirit of the Glen – Journey”, recorded in Al Basra, Iraq whilst serving of Op TELIC 12. The album went on to win NS&I Album of the Year at the Classical Brits, making the Pipes & Drums the first ever military music group to win a Brit Award.
As well as the commercial feats, the Pipes & Drums have also had great success in both pipe band and solo competitions, lifting some of the most prestigious prizes in the piping world.