Pipes of Arabia

We love learning about our international bands. Here’s some more information about the Royal Guard of Oman. We are looking forward to welcoming them to the games on 2nd August.

The Royal Guard of Oman is an elite military unit known not only for its military efficiency but also its musical capability.

Today the Royal Guard of Oman’s Music Directorate consists of four band squadrons, a Military School of Music, two Big Bands, steel pan band, Male Voice Choir, Drum Corps and various specialist departments for recording, instrumental repairs and their maintenance.

The 1st Band Squadron was created in 1971 with the 2nd and 3rd Band Squadrons being formed in 1977. The 3rd Band Squadron, a Mounted Band, made its debut in November 1977 during the 7th National Day Celebrations with the addition of 14 Eb Cavalry Trumpeters and a Drum Horse. The 4th Band Squadron consisting entirely of girls was formed in 2008, making their debut performance at the 40th National Day Celebrations.

The Royal Guard of Oman Bands have performed at a wide variety of events in many countries, including Scotland (Edinburgh Military Tattoo), Australia (Sidney and Melbourne Tattoo) Germany (Garmisch-Partenkirchen Military Tattoo). The Royal Guard of Oman band has also performed in Brunei National Day, Corsica, Croatia, Egypt, England, France, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Switzerland, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.

The Musicians performing in Scotland this year have been specially selected from across the different Band Squadrons of the Royal Guard of Oman Pipes & Drums.

The Pipes and Drums of the Royal Guard of Oman will visit Scotland to compete at Bridge of Allan Highland Games, Inverkeithing Highland Games, North of Scotland Champion of Champions Pipe Band Contest at Aden Country Park, Mintlaw alongside various other events.