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Regimental Music

In the British army every regiment had Fifes and Drums.
They gave the speed for marching as well as signalling commands to the soldiers.
Especially the drummers were important to transmit the commands over the deafening sound of battle.

The musicians wore reversed colours, yellow coatees with red facings, shoulderflaps and collar, which had additional laces on the sleeves to show that they ere non-combattant.

The pipers weren't budgeted in the army and had, for a long period of time, even been banned (the ban was lifted around the 1850s).
Officers who commanded companies or battalions treated themselves to a regimental piper, usually a common soldier who was therefore dressed in the red coatee. They would receive extra payment from their officers, for their musical services.

As a weapon the piper wore the broadsword, which usually was worn by Officers and NCOs and, of course, their pipe.

The main task of the piper was the motivation of the troups on campaign and during battle. They also played, complying to the officers wishes, at the messtent or at barracks.



Song and music is good for moral, therefore there's a lot of music around the Gordons camp.







 
 
 
 
     

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