NEW BRUNSWICK—State Theatre will present Pipes and Drums of the Black Watch featuring the Band of the Scots Guards on Sunday, Jan. 20, at 3 p.m. The Black Watch, a 200+ year-old regiment of the British army and The Band of the Scots Guards, celebrate the music of Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales with traditional military marches, drum solos, bagpipes, and more. The program will include arrangements of “Amazing Grace,” “Blue Bells of Scotland,” “Ode to Joy,” and “Rising of the Lark.” Tickets range from $32-57.
Scotland’s Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) is an elite military regiment whose history stretches back almost three centuries. Music has been an important part of the life of the Black Watch from the earliest days. In particular, pipe music has been integral to the lives of Highland soldiers. Played into battle, the sound of the pipes raised the spirits of the Highlanders and put fear into the hearts of the enemy.
The Black Watch has fought in almost every campaign in which the British Army has been involved. It was formed in 1725 as six independent companies to calm the troubled Highlands of Scotland during the period between the Jacobite risings and was established as a regiment of foot in 1739. The source of the regiment’s name is uncertain but the government issue tartan they were required to wear was dark and that may have contributed to the name they were given locally which was Am Frieceadan Dubh (which in Gaelic means the Black Watch).
In recent years the Pipes and Drums of The Black Watch have been accompanied by the Band of the Scots Guards, one of five bands in the Foot Guards Regiments in the Household Division which primarily guards the British monarch.
This performance is underwritten by Andy and Betty Markey.
For tickets or more information, call the State Theatre ticket office at 1-732-246-7469, or visit www.StateTheatreNJ.org.
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