I don't know about you, but Tartan Week always puts me in the mood for MORE bagpipes! The weather is starting to warm up, Highland Games season is near and the first event after the Tartan Day Parade is usually the West Point Military Tattoo.
Last year was my first year in attendance, and it was a beautiful day. I won't go into how I lost my keys and wallet on Metro North and had to bat my eyelashes to get on base and ..... well, whole different story.
On April 26th, West Point Pipes & Drums hosts approximately 20 Pipe & Drum bands and performing groups at West Point’s Trophy Point for their annual Military Tattoo.
This event showcases each individual band or performance group and culminates in a massed bands retreat ceremony. This is a FREE event that is open to the West Point and local communities.
Join the United States Corps of Cadets Pipes & Drums, the West Point Celtic Dancers and regional performance groups honoring the heritage and traditions of Celtic and military music. Concessions are available, but you are welcome to bring a picnic. Last year, people had BBQ’s and tents up! It’s a really fun day to sit on the grass, enjoy some food and beverage and listen to the sweet sound of bagpipes!
MISSION: Founded in 1973, WPP&D provides world class musical support to the United States Corps of Cadets and the United States Military Academy in order to motivate, support, and inspire the Corps of Cadets, to instill in our forces the will to fight and win, to foster the support of our citizens, and to promote our national interests at home and abroad. Our band is composed of both experienced musicians and dancers from different musical backgrounds and new members learning for the first time.
ABOUT THEIR TARTAN: Research began in 1982 to design a tartan particular to the band. In 1984 the design of Mr. H.G. Lindey from Kinloch Anderson was chosen. In March of 1985 LTG Willard Scott (Superintendent acting in authority similar to a Clan Chief) petitioned the Lord Lyon, King at Arms of Scotland, that the United States Military Academy tartan be recorded in the Lyon Court records. This new tartan was used for the first time in the academic year of 1985/1986. The tartan used in the uniforms of the Pipes & Drums, USCC is registered as a protected military tartan. It can only be manufactured with the permission of the unit. It is composed of the West Point Colors, Black, Gray and Gold.