The uniform of ‘The Red Rose of Lochbuie Pipes and Drums’
The uniform of ‘The Red Rose of Lochbuie Pipes and Drums’ is primarily based on the uniform worn by the Pipes and Drums of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (nowadays known as Balaclava Company, 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland). But there are some exceptions. The main visual difference is the use of another tartan. Also the specially designed band badge, which is worn on the glengarry, the waist belt and the leather sporran, differ from those that are worn by the Argylls.
Permission to wear the MacLaine of Lochbuie tartan was given to the band in 1992 by Lorne Gillean Iain Maclaine of Lochbuie, 26th Chief of the clan. In the first decade of their existence, the band only used the red MacLaine of Lochbuie tartan. From 2001 on, the drummers of the band started to use the blue MacLaine of Lochbuie Hunting as their tartan. Both tartans are woven in modern shades.
The band use the so called No2 Service Dress, both in ceremonial and in non-ceremonial version. As in the army, there is a clear difference in the uniform worn by the pipers and the drummers. Weather permitting the uniform can be changed to ‘shirt sleeve order’, meaning that no jacket and tie are worn. When raining green Inverness capes are used.