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Release No: PA-038-14
April 29, 2014

British Scots Guards Pipes and Drums perform at the Pentagon

The Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary of Defense will host a performance by The British Army’s 1st Battalion Scots Guards Pipes and Drums on May 1, at 12 p.m. EDT at the Pentagon courtyard.

“True to the best traditions of the British Armed Forces, the Scots Guards have distinguished themselves with their valiant service from deserts of Iraq to the mountains of Afghanistan. It is an honor to welcome this elite group to the Pentagon,” said James J. Townsend Jr., Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for European and NATO Policy.

The 1st Battalion Scots Guards Pipes and Drums, the oldest infantry battalion in the British army, is led by Pipe Major, Ross McCrindle. The bandsmen of the Scots Guards not only play regimental music, they serve as infantry assault engineers, maneuver support machine gunners, and tactical intelligence specialists. In recent years, the Scots Guards deployed to combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Made up of 12 bagpipers, ten drummers and two dancers led by a pipe major, highlights of their performance will include traditional songs like ‘Scotland and the Brave’ and the dancers will perform the Highland Fling.

The event is free and open to all authorized Pentagon employees, visitors, and media.

Journalists interested in covering the concert should contact Lt. Col. Myles B. Caggins III at 703-695-9888 or myles.caggins@osd.mil. Journalists without a Pentagon building pass will be picked up at the Metro Entrance only. Plan to arrive no later than 45 minutes prior to the event; have proof of affiliation and two forms of photo identification. Please call 703-697-5131 for escort into the building.

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