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Notes on Scotland (cont.)

A profile of The Citadel Regimental Band and Pipes Class of 2016 (August 20, 2015)


The Citadel Regimental Band and Pipes Class of 2016 includes 24 cadets.


  • Cadets 24
  • States & countries represented: 10 including Italy
  • Top states: South Carolina, Georgia, Indiana, Ohio and Tennessee


  • Male cadets: 23
  • Female cadets: 1

School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Bachelor of Arts Total 11

  • Criminal Justice 5
  • Political Science 3
  • History 1
  • Psychology 1
  • English 1

School of Business Administration
Bachelor of Science Total 4

  • Business Administration 4

School of Science and Mathematics
Bachelor of Science Total 4

  • Biology 1
  • Chemistry 1
  • Mathematics 1
  • Computer Science 1

School of Engineering
Bachelor of Science Total 4

  • Civil Engineering 1
  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering 3

Zucker Family School of Education
Bachelor of Science Total 1

  • Pre-Education Social Studies 1

Meet Scotland native, Cadet James Crawford (August 18, 2015)

James-Crawford-cymbols-playerWho: James Crawford
Hometown: Lossiemouth, Scotland exactly 179 miles from Edinburgh. (Not 279, oops!)
Major: Criminal Justice
Class of: 2018
Instrument: Cymbals
What made you decide to attend The Citadel?: I came to The Citadel to become a principled leader and pursue a career in the U.S. Army.
Favorite performance in the Tattoo other than The Citadel: Top Secret although the Highland Dancers are a close second.
Favorite place in Edinburgh: This one is hard… The city is just so amazing it’s impossible to choose just one.
Favorite musician: Andy Biersack from the American rock band Black Veil Brides. His music has been the inspiration for my own.
Favorite Scottish food: Black pudding because nothing makes you feel more manly than eating blood and oats in the morning.
Favorite American food: Barbecue, hands down.

‘Football’ match against the Gurkha Pipe Band (August 17, 2015)

Written by Brandon Bohrn, Class of 2015


Since the first day of practice for Massed Bands at Redford Barracks, The Citadel Pipe Band has stood next to the Gurkha Pipe Band. We had heard stories about these soldiers, known for their bravery and toughness in battle, as well as their world-renowned khukuri blades. Every night before Tattoo performances, we converse, joke around, and learn phrases in Nepalese. Naturally, our respect and interest in their culture has led to a unique friendship; this friendship took us back to Redford Barracks for a soccer match on Sunday.

We arrived at the base and exchanged greetings in Nepalese and English. At the beginning of the match, I jokingly stated the first rule. The Gurkhas would have to play on only one leg, while The Citadel cadets could play on both. It set the relaxed tone for the day. The match was competitive, however, a friendly atmosphere was maintained. In my opinion, playing sports is the quickest way to build camaraderie and friendship, for it ultimately transcends language, cultural, and social barriers. While running around the field, I, along with my fellow Citadel friends realized how fortunate we were, to be playing soccer with these gentlemen. We all look forward to a long-lasting friendship with the Gurkhas, and we will never forget their kind invitation, to join them this past weekend.

More about Brandon Bohrn:
Bohrn, a native of Simpsonville, South Carolina and pipes player in The Citadel Regimental Band and Pipes is earning international recognition by becoming a Fulbright Scholar for the 2015-16 academic year. Bohrn will teach English to students at a high school in North Rhine - Westphalia, Germany. Following his year in Germany, Bohrn plans to pursue a graduate degree in international relations or Germanic studies. His ultimate goal is to serve as a Foreign Service officer with the U.S. State Department.

In the South Carolina Corps of Cadets, Bohrn served as the executive officer for Band Company. He was also one of Band Company's honor representatives to the Honor Committee. During his time at The Citadel, Bohrn earned numerous scholarships and accolades, including the Star of the West Scholarship for summer study in 2013 and 2014. He was also named "the most influential leader" to the Band Company freshman classes of 2016 and 2017.

Commanding America's Band 2015 (August 14, 2015)

Internationally known and respected military band commander Mike Alverson has done it again. He secured an invitation from The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo for The Citadel Regimental Band and Pipes to be the sole band representing the USA in the 2015 event. Alverson has helped build the band into an international sensation, with an invitation to the same event in 2010 as well as a coveted invitation to represent the U.S. at the Halifax tattoo in 2013.

In December of 2015, Alverson retires from The Citadel and from a long and distinguished career which included serving as a Navy musician and eventually commander of the U.S. Naval Academy Band before retiring from military service and joining The Citadel.

He invested two years in preparing cadets for the monumental task of representing their nation at the 2015 Edinburgh event where the band is earning great praise as one of the top acts. Their 25 performances between August 7 and August 29 will be seen by a record breaking one billion (yes, BILLION) people as it is for the first time being broadcast in China and India in addition to the international coverage by the BBC.

Take a look at Alverson's approach to leading Americas Band during the first 10 days in Edinburgh.

The Citadel Regimental Band and Pipes take the show to Edinburgh Lord Provost and City Chambers (August 13, 2015)


Today the cadets took their talents to the Edinburgh City Chambers and performed in front of the Lord Provost of Edinburgh, Rt. Hon. Donald Wilson. It was a beautiful day for an outdoor performance with the warmest weather we’ve seen so far!

The band performed just off the Royal Mile in the City Chambers to an audience filled with family, alumni and visitors from all over the world – including several folks from South Carolina here on vacation! Spotted amongst the crowd was Jeff Stevenson, Class of 1991, and former pipe major for the band’s first trip to the Edinburgh Tattoo in 1991.

The audience was enthusiastic and a large group gathered just to hear #America’sBand2015. After their performance in the square, the band went into the Lord Provost’s offices to enjoy some refreshments, take in the incredible views and sign the guestbook. Time to prepare for the fourth show of the week!

Meet Shannon Scovel: USA Today College correspondent who was embedded with America's Band 2015 in Scotland (August 12, 2015)


When the plane carrying The Citadel Regimental Band and Pipes took off for Edinburgh, Scotland on July 31, there were 86 cadets, 7 staff members, a mountain of instrument cases and one USA Today College correspondent, Shannon Scovel. Shannon is a junior at American University and editor-in-chief of her college's student newspaper, The Eagle. She is a distance freestyle swimmer for American University and travels internationally to compete in triathlons. And, oh yes, she is also a summer correspondent for USA Today College, a subsidiary news website for one of the world's largest news outlets, USA Today.

After contacting The Citadel and obtaining an interview on a another story, Shannon was asked to consider approaching her editors about becoming the first embedded journalist with a traveling group of cadets from The Citadel, the band members who were at the time working to perfect the songs they would perform during almost 30 shows at The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. She was granted the assignment and traveled side by side with the cadets, staying in the same dorm, eating the same meals, getting to know them as musicians and fellow college students, and learning a great deal about the culture of The Military College of South Carolina.

Shannon has published two reports to date from Edinburgh and is planning several more upon her return to the states, after she completes her next race. She is undaunted by the thought of competing with jet lag. You can read her stories below, and play a short video to hear her describe the experience of traveling with America's Band 2015 in her own words.

2015 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo sparks excitement around the world By Shannon Scovel, American University August 12, 2015 3:12 pm

The Citadel Regimental Band and Pipes prepares for 2015 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo By Shannon Scovel, American University August 5, 2015 2:52 pm

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