International Military Music Society UK (Founder) Branch

AMAZING GRACE

The Musical History of

The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards (Carabiniers and Greys)

by Colin Dean

Amazing Grace was ‘Top of the Pops’ for five weeks in 1972 and changed forever the concept of combining the sound of the pipes with the military band.  The regiment’s new name became well-known throughout much of the world and the bands found themselves involved in numerous overseas tours.

In 2009 the album Spirit of the Glen - Journey had a similar success and won a Classical Brit Award, stirring the emotions of the nation as many of the tracks had been recorded in Basra while the pipers and drummers were on active service in a war zone.

These were special highlights but are just part of a unique musical heritage spanning 343 years that have seen the bands at the very heart of the pageantry of Scotland, as well as representing the nation across the globe.  They have uniquely been photographed with a Russian Tsar, a US President and a Pope.

The military band was disbanded in 1994 to great regret, but the pipes and drums have continued and their music has taken new directions, including collaborations with guitarist Mark Knopfler.

This new book explores their great musical history and heritage, and it includes the story behind the unique white bearskin.  It has over 300 pages and includes more than 700 photographs and illustrations.

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Price including UK postage £40.00 (Serving and former members of the regiment: £30.00)

Details for ordering your copy can be found on the Regimental Shop website: www.scotsdgshop.com

Or order by post from Home Headquarters, The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, The Castle, Edinburgh, EH1 2YT, enclosing a cheque made payable to SCOTS DG Shop Ltd.

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