Pipes and Drums

We take great pride in presenting our very own pipes and drums. With our aim of connecting pipers and drummers of the world, The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo Pipes and Drums was developed as a means of bringing individuals from across the globe together to form a ‘house band’.

The Tattoo Pipes and Drums allows us to build a sustainable network of Scottish pipers and drummers, drawing on talent from here in Scotland and around the world. It encourages interest and commitment across a wider community and supports gifted individuals by providing access to a range of mentors, enabling musicians to progress their talent and expand their opportunities including performing as part of a large ensemble within an iconic, world-class brand.

Scotland has a long and proud tradition of pipe band music, and The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is recognised as a pinnacle of excellence when it comes to performing. Whilst many of the acts that appear on the iconic Edinburgh Castle Esplanade each year are serving military personnel, performing with the Tattoo Pipes and Drums offers a unique opportunity for the very best civilian musicians to stand shoulder to shoulder with the very best of the military acts.

The Tattoo Pipes and Drums have performed at events in China, Czech Republic, Germany, India, Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. Find out more about our past events and upcoming activities below.   

What's On

  • The Norwegian Military Tattoo 

Friday 26 to Sunday 28 April 2024 | Oslo Spektrum Music Theatre

  • The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo | Journeys

2 - 24 August 2024 | Edinburgh Castle Esplanade 

  • The Royal Highland Show | Edinburgh
  • Prague Castle and British Embassy | Prague 
  • Norwegian Military Tattoo | Oslo
  • Silk Road Expo | Xi'an
  • Commonwealth Day Service | London
  • Shanghai International Wind Music Festival | Shanghai
  • Piping Live! | Glasgow
  • The University of Edinburgh Graduation Celebrations | Edinburgh
  • UK Governments GREAT Campaign | Mumbai 
  • UK Governments GREAT Campaign | New York
  • Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father | Edinburgh
  • Gordon Ramsay's Future Food Stars | Ayr
  • Scottish Rugby Famous Grouse Nations Series | Edinburgh
  • Musikfest der Bundeswehr | Düsseldorf 
  • The Macallan: Launch of Distil Your World Mexico | Speyside
  • Benriach x Waitrose wine bar takeover | London