Pipes and Drums
The USNA PIPES AND DRUMS band was formed in 1996 through an endowment from the USNA Class of 1961.
They are an active ensemble in the Musical Activities Department at the Academy and are the only active duty pipe band in the Department of the Navy. It is one of only two active duty pipe bands in the military—the other being the Corps of Cadets Pipes and Drums at West Point. The midshipman ensemble includes bagpipers, highland drummers and highland dancers and can be seen in a variety of performances throughout the year: in Formal Parades, formations, Celtic and Renaissance festivals, competitions, and on the concert stage.
Recent travels have taken them to Scotland, the New York City Tartan Day Parade, and the Southeast Florida Pipe Band Competition in FT. Lauderdale, Florida where the were awarded 1st Place in Pipes, 1st Place in Drums, and 1st Place Overall in their category.
(The U.S. Naval Academy Pipes and Drums would like to express its appreciation to the USNA Class of 1961 and thank them for their continued support.)
Scotland the Brave / Rowan Tree
Minstrel Boy / Wearing of the Green
Grand Old Flag
Marine Corps Hymn
The Battle of Waterloo / Pikeman's March
When the Battle's O'er
Green Hills of Tyrol
The 79th's Farewell to Gibraltar
Pipe Major Donald MacLean of Lewis
The Highland Fling
Strathspey and the Highland Reel
The Slip Jig
Campbell's Farewell to Redcastle / Lord Lovett's Lament / At Long Last
Steam Train to Mallaig
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The U.S. Naval Academy Pipes and Drums is an activity for midshipmen (matriculated students) at the Naval Academy, which is a four year undergraduate university. If you are interested in auditioning for the Naval Academy Pipes and Drums, you must first apply and receive an appointment to the Naval Academy. Information on that process can be found at the Naval Academy’s Admissions Department homepage.
Midshipmen interested in participating in the Pipes and Drums should contact the ensemble's commander, Midshipman First Class Shannon Miller, or the Music Office at x3-2439.
We welcome anyone who is interested in joining us either on one of our drums (snare, tenor or bass), the highland pipes, or dance. We also have an Irish Music group as an outgrowth of the band that is represented by a collection of traditional Irish instruments. There is no experience needed to join the band, only a love for music.
Please contact the United States Naval Academy Music Department with any questions or comments you may have.
United States Naval Academy
Musical Activities Department
Mailing Address: Alumni Hall, 675 Decatur Rd. Annapolis, MD 21402-5086
Phone Number: (410) 293-2439
Fax Number: (410) 293-3218