St Andrew's Night Tattoo lights up the Auld Hoose

On Saturday evening, over 100 Pipers, Drummers and Highland Dancers lit up the Quadrangle for this year's St Andrew's Night Tattoo.

The sounds of the pipe and drums could be heard across Schoolhill and the surrounding area. The pupils had a wonderful evening performing to their friends, family and the wider Gordonian community before enjoying some hot chocolate and Scottish food with guests.

Mr Sumner shared: "We are so proud of the Pipe Band and Highland Dancers for their continued dedication, perseverance and teamwork that is always displayed in practice sessions and during events.

"It was a momentous moment for one of our Pipe Majors, Alex Smith as she progresses her final year at the College. Learning the pipes since Primary 3, we have watched her develop into the first female RGC Pipe Major. Being part of the band and learning an instrument from an early age has seen Alex's self confidence grow. She is a fantastic role model who is now inspiring and supporting our next generation of pipers."

The term "tattoo" derives from a 17th-century Dutch phrase doe den tap toe ("turn off the tap") a signal to tavern owners each night, played by a regiment's Corps of Drums, to turn off the taps of their ale kegs so that the soldiers would retire to their billeted lodgings at a reasonable hour. With the establishment of modern barracks and full military bands later in the 18th century, the term "tattoo" was used to describe the last duty call of the day, as well as a ceremonial form of evening entertainment performed by military musicians.