Pipes and Drums
The St. John’s Northwestern Pipes & Drums has been a unique part of the institution since 1917. This tradition of over 100 years began at Northwestern Military and Naval Academy with the enrollment of our program’s first bagpiper. From this lone individual has grown one of the oldest constantly running pipe bands in all of the United States. It is also one of the few Celtic arts educational programs that is housed within the walls of a school. The pipers adopted and still wear the Clan Davidson tartan, in honor of Col. Harlan Page Davidson, founder of Northwestern Military & Naval Academy.
Our mission is to provide a thorough musical, personal, and leadership education through the art of Scottish Bagpipes and Drums.
We do this through continuing the long standing tradition of piping and drumming at our school, as well as being a part of the heritage and legacy of piping and drumming that spans centuries. We pride ourselves in being able to provide music education in both the Great Highland Bagpipe and Scottish Drumming to students of all levels. We provide the foundation of our music education through weekly individual and small group lessons, as well as daily ensemble rehearsals.
Our band plays a significant role in many of our on campus ceremonies and celebrations, and performs three on campus concerts a year. The band also has the honor of playing in several community parades and events each year.