About The Seaforth Highlanders Association (Nottinghamshire Branch) Pipes & Drums

Robert PlayingAs Pipe Major it is my pleasure to tell you about who we are, why we are mad enough to be involved in the band, and our values.
The most important word for any of us is family. We’re a family band with family values.  Sound old-fashioned?  Perhaps it is, but what’s so wrong about an organisation that encourages tolerance, understanding, patience and openness?  We offer an educational environment, where we all learn from each other continually.
I was introduced to the magic of the bagpipes at the age of eleven (and no, there are no prizes for guessing what year that was).  Back then there were four members and one of those was a good friend of my Dad: Les Pallet.  Another was George Priest who, when he retired, was Corporal of the Second Battalion Seaforth Highlanders Regiment.  George taught me a lot, encouraging me through the frustrations, teaching me about perseverance and showing me the value of commitment.
A legacy in other words. 
A lot of years have passed, and, sadly, those members are no longer with us, but their values are, and always have been, at the heart of the band.

Other things haven’t changed either.  For example, we’re still in the same building, and despite a refit, it still smells the same as it did all those years ago.  Another reminder of our heritage.

Membership has grown.  New-comers are our life blood, so whatever your age, you’re welcome in our family.
You might be wondering what you can expect as a member.  Well, it’s fun, hard work, satisfying… We’ll help you to learn and grow as a player.  If you commit to us, then we’ll commit to you.  We want you to be comfortable and want to turn up week-after-week, year-after-year, like George Priest and Les Pallet did; like I’ve done; and many of our members.  Tell us what you want to achieve and we will support you in any way we can.  Likewise, if you’re at all unhappy – tell us why.  We want you as a recognisable member of our family, not just some distant cousin who emigrated to Australia, and hasn’t been seen since.  Enough said.
Robert Orridge
Pipe Major