So–I ended up going to see these guys this evening.
Outta the blue, an old friend from my Dahlgren days called me up and said that she wanted to go see the Pipes & Drums of The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards up at GMU. It was in a few hours; her husband couldn’t make it–would I like to go?
I was in inertia mode and not really wanting to go anywhere: I wanted to work out; I had been out late last night at a really fun party at some other friends’ place (Dan and Michelle); there’s some stuff I should probably do around the house, etc…
After hemming and hawing for a couple of minutes, I decided: ehnn, what the heck? She purchased tix online, and we were ready.
I had enough time to get a good “Navy SEALS” workout (more on that sometime), a shower, and a meal, then she showed up. We found our way, and ended up an hour early.
Which was okay, because they had a “lecture/Q & A” session an hour beforehand. See how that works out? 🙂
Anyway, that was a lot of fun. The Senior Music Director, Major Graham Jones was a hoot as he introduced three of the band leaders, explained about the unit, and took questions from the audience. He *is* a MAJOR character… 🙂
So, to muddle things up a bit, it turned out there were actually two bands playing: The Band of the Coldstream Guards, and the Pipes & Drums of The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards (official designator SCOTS DG).
You can check the history of each on the websites if you wish. But for the playing, first out came the Coldstream Guards Band, and they were gooood… then they went backstage and then the Pipes and Drums of the SCOTS DG came out. Then the Coldstream Guards joined them and they played together. And they played either separately or together at different times after that all night. It was fantastic. Lots o’ fun, and very moving for parts of it.
For one section, they played a series of tributes to American songs such including a good bit of JP Sousa, and America the Beautiful. The played songs of the American Services, and when Anchors Away came up, many of the audience members up stood (Navy Vets, I’m guessing), as many did when the other services’ songs were played. Cool.
All in all, a great show. Thanks, Nanc!