UNIFORM


RLPB's uniform is a completely unique and custom design drawing from elements of the No. 2 Service Dress uniform of the Scottish regiments of the British Armed Forces. The band wears a different uniform in the summer and winter. Each component of the uniform is described below.

Glengarry

The glengarry is type of Scottish bonnet originating in Glengarry, Scotland during the late 18th century. In the early 20th century, the glengarry became a standard issue in the uniform of the Scottish regiments of the British Army and has remained a standard of the uniform to this day.

RLPB uses a Canadian khaki glengarry and features a custom cap badge.
Cap and Collar Badges

Cap and collar badges are common features of military uniforms in many countries, most notably the members of the United Kingdom and commonwealths of the British Empire. In the Scottish military, the cap badge is worn on the side of the glengarry, and the two collar badges are worn on the jacket.

The RLPB cap (pictured right) and collar (left) badges use the design of the band's crest. In RLPB, the cap badge is always worn on the glengarry, but the collar badges have different seasonal uses. In the winter uniform, both are worn on the top notches of the lapels of the jacket, and in the summer uniform only one is worn on the khaki tie 1.5 inches below the knot.
Jacket

RLPB uses the khaki jacket from the No. 2 Service Dress uniform of the Scottish military. The jackets differ from standard non-Scottish British Armed Forces issue in that bottom of the jacket is cut away in the middle to make room to wear the sporran.

In the RLPB, the jacket is only worn in the winter uniform and is worn with the Sam Browne belt and the accompanying shoulder strap. Collar badges, military ribbons, and rank badges are also displayed on the jackets.

To learn more about the ribbons and ranks specific to RLPB please visit the dress, drill and deportment page.
Khaki Shirt

The khaki shirt is also drawn from the No. 2 Scottish Service Dress Uniform although its use is fairly widespread in the militaries of numerous countries outside the United Kingdom such as the United States and Canada.

In the RLPB, the shirt is worn with a khaki tie and custom-made epaulettes on the shoulder straps. In the summer uniform, a single collar badge is placed on the tie 1.5 inches below the knot.
Epaulettes

Epaulettes are a military uniform component attached to a jacket or shirt by shoulder straps. They have been found in military uniforms in Europe since the 18th century and are used to denote rank or affiliation in military organizations.

The RLPB epaulettes are a dark khaki color and feature an insignia with the Scottish lion rampant holding a red cross pattée. They are always worn on the shoulder straps of the khaki shirt.
Sam-Browne Belt

The Sam Browne belt is a belt with a shoulder strap worn over the No. 2 Jacket that was used by soldiers in the British Army during the 20th century up until WWII. It was originally conceived by Captain Sam Browne, an officer serving in India during the 1800's, to be able to draw a sword with one hand by attaching a scabbard to two of the belt's loops. The belt was mainly used for carrying swords during the two World Wars. Today, it is worn in service dress by officers who traditionally carry swords as a symbol of their authority.

RLPB musicians use the Sam Browne belt for attaching customary dirks and the Colour Party for swords. Custom flag bandoliers are also worn by the Colour Party flag bearers.
The Kilt

The kilt is a knee-length skirt with pleats in the back originating in the Highlands of Scotland in the 16th century. It was traditionally worn as day-wear for men. In more recent centuries, it has become a unifying symbol for Celtic cultures, most prominently in the Scottish and Irish Regiments of the British Army. The kilt is usually worn with a sporran in lieu of pockets, a kilt pin as a symbolic tribute to Queen Victoria to keep the kilt's front apron in place in a strong wind, and kilt hose. Scottish kilts are unique in that they are sewn in a tartan pattern.

RLPB wears a kilt in the MacLean of Duart Weathered tartan with unique custom pleating designed by Missy O'Kane of O'Kane Outfitters to the green of the tartan (pictured right).
Sporran

Sporran is the Scots Gaelic word for "purse". It is a pouch that is attached to a long strap and worn in the front of the kilt in lieu of pockets. Sporrans are categorized into "day sporrans," which are simple and made out of leather, "dress sporrans," which are more ornate and include fur and metal, and "horsehair sporrans," which are worn primarily in the Scottish military as regimental dress. In a pipe band setting, pipers wear the sporran in the front of the kilt, and drummers with drums blocking the front of the kilt wear the sporran to the right side.

RLPB uses a custom-designed brown full-grain leather day sporran made by Custom Celtic with leather straps to match the Sam Browne belts.
Kilt Hose

Hose are a legging garment similar to stockings. They were worn very commonly as men's clothing during the Middle Ages but fell out of fashion in the 1600's in favor of stockings. A Scottish variation of hose is kilt hose, which are worn with the kilt and are usually knitted in a traditional pattern such as Argyle. Kilt hose are knee-high and are folded over at the top for a thicker cuff that is held in place by flashes.

RLPB uses two sets of very traditional kilt hose throughout the year. Moss green kilt hose (pictured on bottom) are worn with the summer uniform, and cream kilt hose (pictured on top) are worn with the winter uniform.
Flashes

Flashes are pairs of straps worn over the kilt hose to keep them from falling down. They are usually embellished with two ribbons that come in various colors and patterns. Scottish regimental standards dictate that flashes should be worn so that the fronts of the ribbons are in line with the shin bone and high enough to clear the laces of the ghillie brogues.

RLPB uses flashes in the weathered red color of the Maclean of Duart Weathered tartan and follows regimental dress code for wearing flashes.
Ghillie Brogues

Ghillie brogues are a combination of two styles of shoes: brogue shoes and Scottish ghillies. Brogue shoes are low-heeled shoes found in the British Isles in the 19th century that are made of multiple layers of leather and have decorative perforations and cutaways, and Scottish ghillies are dance shoes worn by highland dancers that feature many intertwined laces and no tongue. Ghillie brogues feature the lacing of the ghillies and the stylistic perforations and heels of brogue shoes. They are usually worn in Scottish ceremonial events.

RLPB wears black ghillie brogues with metal heels in both the winter and summer uniforms.