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1066 Pipes and Drums (Hastings) England

1066 Pipes and Drums (Hastings) England

The Band has been displaying for 5 years, and plays at local, notional and Continental events. Our Pipe Major is an ex Scots Guards Piper, our Pipe Sergeant is ex Royal Military Police and I as Drum Major am ex Parachute regiment. Because of this we work on a Military basis and our Rank structure is Based on this fact. We have 14 Pipers 4 side Drummers 1 Bass Drummer and 2 Tenor Drummers, We have played in Europe, New York (tartan day 2003) as well as all over England. We are a non profit Band and soon to attain Regitered Charity Status.

Update June 2007...

1066 Pipes & Drums was founded in 1998 by the Late Pipe Major Arthur Jepson (ex-Scots Guards).


Today the Band is progressing  in leaps and bounds and now has fourteen pipers, three learners, seven drummers, a Drum Major and a Standard Bearer.  The Standard has been blessed, and we are now a Registered Charity (no. 1106850).


We have played in USA, Spain and Belgium.  For the last four years we have played in Jersey’s Battle of the Flowers Parade.  Last year we took part in the Army Benevolent Fund Beating Retreat at Herstmonceux Castle with the Band of the Army Air Corps and the previous year we played there alongside the Band of the Adjutant General Corps.  In January 2006 we were invited to play at the Menin Gate, having visited and played at Tyne Cot Cemetery.


With the Army Benevolent Fund Beating Retreat at Herstmonceux Castle


This year we have been invited to parade at the UAE Technical Project Graduation Day in July, which means we will be playing in front of Royalty, but at present we have not been told who (two years ago the Duke of York was the Guest of Honour!)


At the other end of the scale we play for our local Football Club’s bigger matches in return for the use of their facilities for practice, and give displays at fetes and charity events.


If you are interested in joining us to learn to play bagpipes or drums (tuition is free!) then please contact the Secretary, Mr John Sinclair

Update November 2007

In July the Band paraded at the United Arab Emirates Technical Project Student Graduation Day at Little Common, East Sussex.  Dignitaries included Colonel Hareb Al Dhaheri, HRH the Duke of Kent, Lord Lieutenant of Sussex, High Sheriff of Sussex and several Mayors.  Dubai TV were in attendance.  This was a very prestigious Parade for us and it was extremely well received.

In October we were very proud to accept the Patronage of Michael Martin MP, Speaker of the House of Commons.  The whole Band travelled to Westminster to play on Speaker's Green and thus made history by being the first non-military Band ever to have been allowed to play there.  Several of us were honoured to meet the Speaker in person.

Remembrance Day saw us playing at the Service in Hastings in pouring rain.  Twelve pipers, seven drummers, Drum Major and Standard Bearer all in No 1 Highland uniform, got absolutely drenched throughout the march to the War Memorial and back.  However, to put it into context, we suffered for one hour.  The old and the bold suffered for four years.

The Band on Speaker's Green

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