Roll Call: Cape Town Highlanders

Programme Notes: CTMT 2003

“The Cape Town Highlanders, now a mechanised infantry regiment in the South African Army, was established in 1885 by a group of patriotic Capetonians of Scottish descent and has served in most of South Africa’s wars, as the 22 battle honours on the regimental colours can attest. The regiment was allied to the Gordon Highlanders for many years, and is now allied to the 1st Battalion The Highlanders, and is one of only three regiments in the world to wear the Gordon regimental tartan.

The CTH Drums and Pipes (it retains the traditional Gordon’s nomenclature instead of the more common ‘Pipes and Drums’) dates from 1885 and has accompanied the regiment to strange and sometimes awful places. At the moment, it is the best military pipe band in the country; it has the unique distinction of having been invited twice to take part in the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, and is scheduled to make it a hat trick in 2004. The Pipe-Major WO2 Charles Canning is one of only two non-British Army pipers ever to be the iconic Lone Piper at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.” (CTMT 2003)

 

Programme Notes: CTMT 2004

“The Cape Town Highlanders, now a mechanised infantry regiment in the South African Army’s reserve force component, was established in 1885 by a group of patriotic Capetonians of Scottish descent and has been going strong ever since, earning 22 battle honours in fighting South Africa’s wars – and waging the peace, when needed; during the 1994 election, the CTH turned out in full strength, every man a volunteer, for critically important election security duties.

The regiment was allied to the Gordon Highlanders for many years, and is now allied to the 1st Battalion The Highlanders, and is one of only three regiments in the world to wear the Gordon regimental tartan. The CTH Drums and Pipes (it retains the traditional Gordon’s nomenclature instead of the more common ‘Pipes and Drums’) dates from 1885 and has accompanied the regiment to strange and sometimes awful places. At the moment, it is the best military pipe band in the country, and recently returned from taking part in the famed Edinburgh Military Tattoo for the third time in four years. The Pipe-Major WO2 Charles Canning is one of only two non-British Army pipers ever to be the iconic Lone Piper at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.” (CTMT 2004)

 

Programme Notes: CTMT 2007

18-final-muster-7“The Cape Town Highlanders, now a mechanised infantry regiment, was established in 1885 by a group of patriotic Capetonians of Scottish descent and has been going strong ever since, earning 22 battle honours in fighting South Africa’s wars – and waging the peace, when needed: during the 1994 election the CTH turned out in full strength, every man a volunteer, for critically important election security duties.

The regiment was allied to the Gordon Highlanders for many years, and is now one of only three regiments in the world to wear the Gordon regimental tartan. Its justly renowned pipe band (it retains the traditional Gordon’s nomenclature of ‘Drums and Pipes’ instead of the more common ‘Pipes and Drums’) dates from 1885 and has taken part four times in the famed Edinburgh Military Tattoo. The Pipe-Major WO2 Charles Canning is one of only two non-British Army pipers ever to perform as the iconic ‘Lone Piper’ at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.” (CTMT 2007)

 

Programme Notes: CTMT 2008

img_8063“The Cape Town Highlanders, a Reserve mechanised infantry regiment of the South African Army, was established in 1885 by a group of patriotic Capetonians of Scottish descent and has been going strong ever since, earning 22 battle honours in fighting South Africa’s wars – and waging the peace, when needed. During the 1994 election the CTH turned out in full strength, every man a volunteer, for critically important election security duties.

The regiment was allied to the Gordon Highlanders for many years, and is now one of only two regiments in the world still to wear the Gordon regimental tartan. The CTH Drums and Pipes (it retains the traditional Gordon’s nomenclature instead of the more common ‘Pipes and Drums’) dates from 1885 and has accompanied the regiment to strange and sometimes awful places during the course of its history. Currently the Regiment has the best military pipe band in the country, and has participated four times in the famed Edinburgh Military Tattoo. The Pipe-Major WO2 Charles Canning is one of only two non-British Army pipers ever to perform as the iconic ‘Lone Piper’ at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Recently the band returned from participating in the 2008 Basel Tattoo in Switzerland.” (CTMT 2008)

 

Programme Notes: CTMT 2009

img_2191“The Cape Town Highlanders, a mechanised infantry regiment of the South African Army’s Reserve component, was established in 1885 by a group of patriotic Capetonians of Scottish descent and has been going strong ever since, earning 22 battle honours in fighting South Africa’s wars – and waging the peace, when needed: during the 1994 election, the CTH turned out in full strength, every man a volunteer, for critically important election security duties.

The regiment was allied to the Gordon Highlanders for many years, and is now one of only two regiments in the world still to wear the Gordon regimental tartan. The CTH Drums and Pipes (it retains the traditional Gordon’s nomenclature instead of the more common ‘Pipes and Drums’) dates from 1885 and has accompanied the regiment to strange and sometimes awful places.

At the moment, it has the best military pipe band in the country, and has taken part four times in the famed Edinburgh Military Tattoo. The Pipe-Major WO2 Charles Canning is one of only two non-British Army pipers ever to perform as the iconic Lone Piper at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Recently the band returned from participating in the 2009 Edinburgh Tattoo.” (CTMT 2009)

 

Programme Notes: CTMT 2010

“The Cape Town Highlanders (CTH), a mechanised infantry regiment of the South African Army’s Reserve component, was established in 1885 by a group of patriotic Capetonians of Scottish descent and has been going strong ever since, earning 22 battle honours in fighting South Africa’s wars and waging the peace, when needed: during the 1994 election, the CTH turned out in full strength, every man a volunteer, for critically important election security duties.

The regiment was allied to the Gordon Highlanders for many years, and is now one of only two regiments in the world still to wear the Gordon regimental tartan. The CTH Drums and Pipes (it retains the traditional Gordon’s nomenclature instead of the more common ‘Pipes and Drums’) dates from 1885 and has accompanied the regiment to strange and sometimes awful places.

At the moment, it has the best military pipe band in the country, and has taken part four times in the famed Edinburgh Military Tattoo. The Pipe-Major WO2 Charles Canning is one of only two non-British Army pipers ever to perform as the iconic Lone Piper at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo and in the 2008 Basel Tattoo in Switzerland.” (CTMT 2010)

 

Programme Notes: CTMT 2012

“The Cape Town Highlanders, a mechanised infantry regiment of the South African Army’s Reserve component, was established in 1885 by a group of patriotic Capetonians of Scottish descent and has been going strong ever since, earning 22 battle honours in fighting South Africa’s wars – and waging the peace, when needed: during the 1994 election, the CTH turned out in full strength, every man a volunteer, for critically important election security duties.

The regiment was allied to the Gordon Highlanders for many years, and is now one of only two regiments in the world still to wear the Gordon regimental tartan. The CTH Drums and Pipes (it retains the traditional Gordon’s nomenclature instead of the more common ‘Pipes and Drums’) dates from 1885 and has accompanied the regiment to strange and sometimes awful places.

At the moment, it has the best military pipe band in the country, and has taken part four times in the famed Edinburgh Military Tattoo. The Pipe-Major WO2 Charles Canning is one of only two non-British Army pipers ever to perform as the iconic Lone Piper at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.” (CTMT 2012)

Programme Notes: CTMT 2013

“The Cape Town Highlanders, a mechanised infantry regiment of the South African Army’s Reserve component, was established in 1885 by a group of patriotic Capetonians of Scottish descent and has been going strong ever since, earning 22 battle honours in fighting South Africa’s wars – and waging the peace, when needed. During the 1994 elections, the CTH turned out in full strength, every man a volunteer, for critically important election security duties.

The regiment was allied to the Gordon Highlanders for many years, and is now one of only two regiments in the world still to wear the Gordon regimental tartan. The CTH Drums and Pipes (it retains the traditional Gordon’s nomenclature instead of the more common ‘Pipes and Drums’) dates from 1885 and has accompanied the regiment to many different places. The all-volunteer pipe band is the oldest military pipe band in South Africa.

The Band has taken part in eleven international tattoos, including the famed Edinburgh Military Tattoo. The Pipe-Major WO2 Charles Canning is one of only two non-British Army pipers ever to perform as the iconic Lone Piper at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo. The Band has recently returned from Switzerland, where it participated in the 2013 Basel Tattoo.” (CTMT 2013)

 

Programme Notes: CTMT 2014

“The Cape Town Highlanders, a mechanised infantry regiment of the South African Army’s Reserve component, was established in 1885 by a group of patriotic Capetonians of Scottish descent and has been going strong ever since, earning 22 battle honours in fighting South Africa’s wars – and waging the peace, when needed. During the 1994 elections, the CTH turned out in full strength, every man a volunteer, for critically important election security duties.

The regiment was allied to the Gordon Highlanders for many years, and is now one of only two regiments in the world still to wear the Gordon regimental tartan. The CTH Ceremonial Platoon is participating in this year’s Tattoo.

The CTH Drums and Pipes (it retains the traditional Gordon’s nomenclature instead of the more common ‘Pipes and Drums’) dates from 1885 and has accompanied the regiment to many different places. The all-volunteer pipe band is the oldest military pipe band in South Africa. The Band has taken part in eleven international tattoos, including the famed Edinburgh Military Tattoo. The Pipe-Major WO2 Charles Canning is one of only two non-British Army pipers ever to perform as the iconic Lone Piper at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.” (CTMT 2014)

 

Programme Notes: CTMT 2015

The Cape Town Highlanders

The Cape Town Highlanders (CTH), a mechanised infantry regiment of the South African Army’s conventional Reserve, was established in 1885 by a group of patriotic Capetonians of Scottish descent. It has been going strong ever since, earning 22 battle honours in fighting South Africa’s wars (only one other South African infantry regiment has more battle honours on its colours) – and waging the peace when needed. On 24 April this year, the CTH celebrated their 130th birthday.

The CTH’s first active service was during the Bechuanaland Campaign in the far Northern Cape in 1896.

During the 1994 elections, the CTH turned out in full strength, every man a volunteer, for critically important election security duties.

With the abolition of conscription, the CTH is once more what it always was – a fully volunteer regiment. Today, every Highlander wears the red shoulder-flash of a volunteer.

The regiment was allied to the Gordon Highlanders for many years, since the early 1930s, and is now one of only two regiments in the world still to wear the Gordon regimental tartan.

The CTH has a long connection with the British Royal Family. The Duke of Connaught and Strathearn became its first Colonel-in-Chief in 1912 and remained in this post until his death in 1942. During the 1947 royal visit to South Africa, the CTH not only mounted guard on the royal family’s residence but also marched in a grand review to mark the 21st birthday of the Princess Royal, now Queen Elizabeth II. During the brief royal visit in 1995, the CTH provided a guard of honour and its Drums and Pipes for a ceremony at which HM Queen Elizabeth II laid a wreath at the Commonwealth war graves memorial in Woltemade Cemetery, Cape Town.

The CTH make up the Silent Guard and the Castle Ceremonial Guard at the Cape Town Military Tattoo 2015.” (CTMT 2015)

 

The DRUMS AND PIPES OF THE Cape Town Highlanders

For more than a century, the citizen-soldiers of the Cape Town Highlanders have  stood ready to protect hearth and home. In peace time, the band supports the regiment in its ceremonial and recruitment parades. Based at the historic Castle of Good Hope in Cape Town, the all-volunteer Drums and Pipes form part of the cultural fabric of Cape Town.

The Drums and Pipes have been part of the regiment since it began in 1885, and bandsmen and women have been involved in all the major campaigns of the regiment. From its early days, The Drums and Pipes have worn the tartan adopted by The Gordon Highlanders when that regiment was raised in 1792. It was always the only other regiment in the world to wear this particular tartan, which is a regimental rather than a clan tartan.

In addition to performing regimental duties, the band is in constant demand, not only for military-ceremonial functions like the Opening of Parliament and the annual CTMT, but also in support of a variety of charities.

Over the years, The Drums and Pipes have been fortunate enough to perform at the Basel Tattoo in Switzerland (2008, 2010, 2013 and 2015), the Cherry Blossom Festival in Jinhae, South Korea (2009), the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Scotland (2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2009 and 2012)  and the Berlin Tattoo (2011). A highlight for them was becoming the first South African military band to parade through the Brandenburg Gates in Berlin, Germany in 2011, and to march across the Rhine River in Basel, Switzerland in 2008.” (CTMT 2015)