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Transvaal Scottish

Pipes and Drums


The band


The Transvaal Scottish Pipes & Drums has been around for over a century. Since 1902 in fact. Of course, much has changed in all that time. But what has remained constant and true is the band’s commitment to excellence. To being the best it can be. This determination has taken the band to the very top of the premier Grade 2 in the highly competitive South African pipe band circuit. It’s seen the Grade 4 band promoted to Grade 3. And it’s seen generations of pipers and drummers, of all ages and from all walks of life, commit passionately to the same goals and high standards


Internationally, ‘The Jocks’, as the band is affectionately known, have performed at the Royal Tournament in London, in Russia at the Kremlin Zoria, at the largest tattoo in Europe in Basel, Switzerland, and several times at the South African Tattoo, including being the lead band in 2008 and 2012.


In 2015, the band took on an unprecedented challenge and travelled to Scotland to compete in the World Pipe Band Championships.


This year, the band set yet another precedent, staging their Affinity – Spirit  of Scotland concert in collaboration with the Johannesburg Youth Orchestra,  The Robinson Studio for Highland and Irish Dance and featuring renowned South African singers  Timothy Moloi and Zita Pretorius. By special invitation, the Jocks concert also featured renowned pipers Scott Wallace, Craig Munro and John Elliott. The concert played to record breaking audiences and received outstanding reviews.

Be apart of it?

Learning the Pipes or Drums

We love nothing better than fresh talent and passionate learners. Whatever level you’re at, there’s sure to be a way to become a part of the Jocks. Simply e-mail and we’ll arrange an interview and an audition.

Hiring the Jocks

The Transvaal Scottish Pipes and Drums performs at wide variety of private, corporate, sporting and theatrical events. The sensational sight and sound of a full band can add a great sense of circumstance to a formal event or a heartpounding spirit of celebration to any special occasion. We can also arrange a mini-band, a pipers quartette or simple piper and drummer combinations. To get a quote or to book the band, just e-mail

Our History

The Regiment

The band is a proud and vital element of the Transvaal Scottish Regiment, a reserve force motorized infantry regiment of the South African Army. The regiment currently stands as a single battalion. It was established by John Murray, Marquis of Tullibardine, who later became the 7th Duke of Atholl, at the conclusion of the South African War in 1902. It initially consisted of volunteers from Scottish units that had fought in the war who chose to demobilize and remain in the colony. The new unit wore the Duke’s family tartan, as it still does today. The drummers of the pipes and drums also wear the Murray of Atholl Tartan, while the pipers wear the Murray of Tullibardine. The regimental march is The Atholl Highlanders. Interestingly, the current Duke of Atholl, Bruce George Ronal Murray, is a South African. 
The Transvaal Scottish Regiment is affiliated to The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland, and it is for this reason that the regiment wears the famous red hackle. 

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