Ampleforth College

25 November 2015

The Ampleforth Highlanders Pipe Band

The Senior Ampleforth Highlanders was formed in 2001 and due to its success a Junior Pipe band will be formed in September 2013. The band is made up of a number of personnel, pipers, snare drummers, tenor drummers, bass drummers and a drum major(s). Students learn to play on the practice chanter and drum pad with the Junior Pipe Band and also complete a 1st Diploma in Music which is offered during activities period.

The Drum Corps is a very strong feature of the band and they have their own performance when the band performs the Drum Salute, the band also perform at a number of events throughout the year both at college and at other schools. The band has vacancies in any of these areas for students who wish to learn to play in the band. All equipment and travel are provided free by the pipe band.

Pipe Major Bryan Robinson
Old Gym
Friday 6:30 - 7:30pm
No of students:
No fixed limit

More Information

_MG_3929.jpgPiping started at the College with four pipers in 1995 and since then, under the directorship of Pipe Major Bryan Robinson, it has grown in strength each year and now includes a very healthy number of both pipers and drummers.  In 2004, with the support of the parents and the school, The Ampleforth Highlanders Pipes and Drums was formed.  Today the nominal role of the band stands at Drum Major, 14 Pipers plus two Bass, four Tenor and 12 Snare Drummers with a further 15 students at various stages of learning, all with the expectation of playing with the band in the coming years.

One of the most outstanding features of the band is its uniform.  The band wears the Atholl Tartan and a unique rabbit-skin sporran in the school's red and black colours; the Glengarry Badge is that of the Black Watch, as is the band tie that all members wear in recognition of the link with the parents of the school.

IMG_0498.jpgAs a school band, the Pipes and Drums are on parade at a large number of events throughout the year including Exhibition, Remembrance Sunday Parade, OTC Dinners and CCF events.  In addition it gives piping and drumming recitals at schools, both locally and nationally.

Combined Cadet Force

Some of the band members are part of the Combined Cadet Force.  The band turns out for many of the CCF calendar events, such as the Annual Guard of Honour Inspection and Remembrance Day Service.


The Band also plays at the RSPBA competitions throughout the year; players enter the Solo Piping and Drumming contests,Trio and Mini Bands contests and the whole band enters Pipe Band Competitions.  In 2012, members of the band gained many top places in the Branch Solo Piping Contest in the North of England Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association (RSPBA).  Internally the inter-House music competition is hotly contested at all levels and members of the pipe band are consistent prize winners.