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Founded in 1995 by Chief Reuben Greenberg, the band has traveled throughout much of the Eastern United States Seaboard, and Canada performing at parades, festivals, public events, funerals, and Scottish Highland Games.
When first formed, the Officer in Charge, Sean Pike, looked to Pipe Major Sandy Jones to provide leadership to the band. Sandy was the Director of The Citadel Pipe Band and former Pipe Major of the United States Air Force Pipe Band. His skills and experiences led the band to many successes and built up an excellent corps of pipers and drummers. In 2000, Erik Page was promoted to Officer in Charge and in 2001 the leadership was handed over to Pipe Major James Dillahey, who is also the current Director of The Citadel Pipe Band, following Sandy's retirement in June of 2002. The band completed the season competing at two levels: Grade V and Grade IV.
The 2004 competition season marked the bands first wearing of the City of Charleston Police tartan designed specifically for the band. This tartan replaced the McLean of Duart tartan and was first worn at the Virginia Scottish Games in Alexandria, VA. In 2005, Grade IV Band was upgraded to Grade III and won most of its competitions in its first year. During this same year, the Grade V band proved to be a top power in the Grade V ranks.
The organization has achieved success at any level it competes from Grade V to Grade II. The band was restructured to begin the 2008 season and competes in two units today at Grade IV and Grade V.
Grade V practice is every Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Grade IV practice is from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at The Citadel's Band Room in Coward Hall.
The Charleston Police Pipes and Drums is a volunteer group that is completely self-sustaining and self-funded. The proceeds from parades and other entertainment fees go back into supporting and paying the expenses of the bands equipment and uniforms. The band is available to play various events throughout the South East. Entertainment varies from an individual piper, quartet, or parade unit. Special requests are usually accommodated. If interested please email the band at email@example.com or connect with us here on Facebook.
The band has members who are both Police Officers and volunteers. Recruitment is always an important part of the band's longevity. New members desiring to learn the pipes or drums are urged to contact the band at firstname.lastname@example.org. The band does provide lessons in bagpiping and drumming to children above the age 12 and adults.