About the band

History


Based in Cape Town, Western Cape South Africa, the Cape Field Artillery Pipes and Drums (CFA) historically dates back to 1952 when Corporal Piper Ken Langlands decided to form the Cape Town Stewarts School of Piping. He applied to the Royal Caledonian Schools as an affiliate member and was thereby also granted permission to wear the Royal Stewart tartan. In 1973 with the band’s practice venue lease in Woodstock due to expire, Ken Langland’s decided to seek an alternate venue for practicing. The Cape Field Artillery Band was approached and the Officer Commanding Lt-Col Lionel Crook who was an ardent admirer of the bagpipe agreed that In exchange for the use of the facilities the band would perform when required as the Cape Field Artillery Pipe Band and after lengthy consultation the band gained official military recognition. The band is now into its 40th year of tenure under the leadership of its 4th Pipe-Major Staff-Sgt Andrew Imrie who is taking the band into its next dimension. The band is led onto parade by Drum-Major Corporal Bill White who is also one of the bands prominent Side drummers. The band has shared the parade grounds and concert platforms with the likes of the internationally acclaimed SA Navy Band and frequently appears with the SA Army Band Cape Town

Current Day


Many of the CFA Pipes and Drums musicians are multi-instrumentalists and enjoy creating all sorts of new facets to their Afro-Celtic sounds. The band members are all volunteer musicians in the SANDF Reserve Force and come from all walks of life. We have a few students, a few pensioners, banking officials, a travel agent, various big business representatives and even a winemaker amongst our members. In 2008 when Pipe-Major Imrie took over with six active members his vision saw the band grow from strength to strength. It can now boast firm ranks of 17 pipers and 10 drummers with a full learner group coming up through the ranks. Whether on the concert platform or on parade Cape Field Artillery Pipes and Drums is proud to be there.

UNIFORM

The Royal Stewart tartan is the best known tartan of the royal House of Stewart, and is also the personal tartan of Queen Elizabeth II.