CAPTION: Cadets from the Massed Cadets' Pipes and Drums drawn for the Army Cadet Force and Air Training Corps carried out a Beat Retreat at Balmoral Castle in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen, His Royal Highness Duke of York and Princess Beatrice 
DATE: 08/08/14
ORIGINATOR: Colonel Miller, Highland Reserve Forces and Cadets' Association.
PHOTOGRAPHER: Cpl Dave Blackburn, RAF
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ACFA Pipes and Drums present


Saturday 15th April

This event has already occured.

  • Doors 7:00 |
  • £10 |
  • Unreserved Seating |
  • Under 16's with an adult

Please note: ticket prices may be subject to booking fee. Ticket prices shown reflect the lowest price tickets available.

Piping and Drumming within the Cadet Forces of the UK have gone from strength to strength. When training started for aspiring pipers and drummers within the cadet forces, there was only a small number of cadets that attended the initial training events. This has continued to grow over the years to what it is now with around 300 Cadets from all of the 3 Services (Army Cadets, Air Training Corps and Sea Cadets) throughout the UK.

Public Performance is a major focus of the Cadet Forces Piping and Drumming activity. It provides essential experience in the development and learning of cadet pipers and drummers. Over the past three years Cadet Pipe Bands have participated in over 300 engagements and have played on the international arena in Sweden, on the Berlin Tattoo on two occasions and at the Christmas Tattoo in Basel and Zurich, Switzerland. The Massed Pipes and Drums of the Cadet forces have also had the honour to perform Beatings to Retreat on 2 occasions at Balmoral Castle for Her Majesty the Queen. The standards being reached are of the highest quality, enhancing the reputation of the Cadet Forces on the international stage.

During the Easter break, the Cadet Pipes and Drums meet at Cameron Barracks for an annual camp. During this period, they receive tuition and gain qualifications through the SQA and Piping and Drumming Qualifications Board (PDQB). The course used to finish with 2 beatings to retreat in Dingwall and Inverness, however, the Cadet Pipes and Drums are now entering a new era of where they are taking their live performances to the stage and performing concerts featuring a mixture of traditional and contemporary pieces.