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The Citadel Regimental Band and Pipes Fast Facts

The Citadel Regimental Band and Pipes

  • The band receives hundreds of requests to perform annually, plays at events across South Carolina, performs annually in numerous New Orleans Mardi Gras parades and has performed for several United States Presidents

  • While the Regimental Band and Pipes functions as a single cadet company at The Citadel, it actually has two parts - the Regimental Band and The Citadel Pipe Band

  • The Regimental Band was formed in 1909

  • The Regimental Band is made up of about 70 cadet musicians recruited from around the nation and the world

  • The Regimental Pipes was formed and joined the college’s band in 1955

  • The Pipes Band is composed of a drum major and 30 to 40 pipers and drummers and is highly competitive at Grades IV and V at Highland Games all over the United States

  • Approximately 100 members of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets comprise the combined band

Signature Tartan

At its inception the Pipe Band wore the red Royal Stewart tartan. In 1981, the band began wearing The Citadel's own tartan, which has been duly registered in Edinburgh, Scotland. The color of the tartan incorporates the college’s colors of blue and white. The Gold woven into the signature fabric is reminiscent of the brass on the South Carolina Corps of Cadets uniforms. Red represents a cadet officer's sash.


Over the past 100 years, The Citadel’s band has earned many distinctions on a local, regional, national, and international level. Some examples include:

  • Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Scotland (1991, 2010, 2015, 2020) - an invitation only, month-long nightly event of music and demonstrations by military organizations from more than 30 nations. The Citadel’s band remains the only U.S. military college band to ever be invited to the prestigious event which is the largest of its kind in the world.


Director of Music

The music director is Lt. Col. Timothy J. Smith, USMC (Ret.) Smith’s military career consisted of more than 20 years as a first instrumentalist, arranger, vocalist and director of Marine Corps bands. His assignments included the 4th Marine Aircraft Wing Band in New Orleans; the Naval School of Music in little Creek, Virginia, where he was the first Marine to be assigned as conducting instructor for Advanced Courses; the Marine Corps Logistics Base, Albany, Georgia; Marine Forces Pacific Band, Kaneohe, Hawaii; and the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Band in Twenty-Nine Palms, California. After retiring from military service, Smith served as director of bands at Norwich University, director of Tours and Outreach for the U.S. Air Force band and other units, prior to joining The Citadel as director of music in 2016.

Pipes Director

Major Jim Dillahey is a graduate of The Citadel’s Class of 2001. He is the director of the Pipe Band and leads the ensemble to Grade IV and V level competitions at Highland Games all over the United States, as well as leading them to earn positions in the 2010, 2015 and 2020 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. His piping career began at age 10 and he has earned accolades and awards for solo piping performances across the U.S., in Canada and in Scotland.

Original pipes band, 1955, The Citadel

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