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The Nelson Mandela Artillery Bagpipes & Drums is privileged to showcase our musical talents at a wide range of prestigious events, private functions, and festivals throughout Cape Town and its surrounding areas. Our band has had the honor of performing at several noteworthy occasions, leaving an indelible mark on each.

One of our most significant performances is at the annual opening of Parliament, where we proudly contribute to the ceremonial atmosphere and add a touch of grandeur to this important event. Additionally, we have participated in the military tattoo, an esteemed gathering of military musicians and performers, showcasing our skills alongside other talented artists.

The Knysna festival is yet another event where our band has made a memorable impact. Our captivating performances have delighted audiences and added an enchanting musical element to this vibrant festival.

Apart from these distinguished events, we also offer our services for private functions such as weddings, funerals, birthdays, corporate events, and other special occasions. 

If you are seeking the enchanting sounds of bagpipes and drums to elevate your upcoming event, we are available for hire. Our talented musicians will bring their expertise, passion, and professionalism to create a memorable musical experience that will captivate and delight your guests.

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Wedding with the bagpipes and drums of Nelson Mandela Artillery
Nelson Mandela playing bagpipes and drums at a wedding at a wine farm


As you embark on your journey to forever with your beloved partner, you desire to infuse your wedding with a distinctive and memorable musical flair. Whether you have Scottish or Irish descent and wish to honor your heritage through traditional Celtic melodies or simply seek a unique experience for you and your cherished guests, why not consider the enchanting presence of a bagpiper?

Imagine the soul-stirring sound of a solo bagpiper, skillfully playing melodies that resonate with love and tradition as you exchange vows. The ethereal notes of the bagpipes can create an atmosphere of reverence, elevating the significance of your special day. Alternatively, you may opt for a piper accompanied by a drummer, their synchronized rhythms adding a dynamic and captivating element to the performance.

For those desiring a fuller musical experience, a mini band or a full bagpipe band can be the perfect choice. These ensembles, consisting of multiple pipers, drummers, and additional musicians, possess the ability to fill the air with the grandeur of Celtic music. The harmonious blend of bagpipes, drums, and other traditional instruments will transport you and your guests to a realm of enchantment and celebration.

However, the Scottish Register of Tartans observes that in practice, due to its popularity, it has become a universal tartan, which can be worn by anyone who doesn’t have their own clan tartan.


In times of mourning, the power of music to evoke emotions surpasses the limitations of mere words. Funerals hold a profound significance, and music plays a crucial role in honoring the memory of loved ones. Among the musical expressions that resonate deeply in these moments, the bagpipes and drums hold a special place.

For centuries, the haunting melodies of the bagpipes have served as a poignant tribute during funerals. The sound of the bagpipes carries a profound sense of emotion, stirring the depths of the soul and offering solace and remembrance. The distinctive timbre and mournful tones of the instrument create an atmosphere of reverence, allowing both a collective expression of grief and a celebration of the life that has passed.

The bagpipes are intrinsically intertwined with funeral traditions, their presence symbolizing a poignant farewell and a final tribute. The melodic strains of the instrument, particularly when playing “Amazing Grace” and other moving hymns, resonate with the hearts of those in attendance, transcending language barriers and touching the deepest recesses of the human spirit.


Looking to make a grand entrance and create a truly unforgettable experience? Surprise your loved one with the mesmerizing presence of a bagpiper or a full piping band!

Imagine the look of delight and astonishment on their face as the stirring sound of bagpipes fills the air, announcing their special occasion in a truly unique and memorable way. Whether it’s a birthday celebration or any significant milestone, the addition of a bagpiper or a piping band adds an extraordinary touch that will be cherished for a lifetime.

For a special birthday, having a bagpiper or a piping band perform is a delightful surprise that elevates the celebration to new heights. The traditional “Happy Birthday” tune takes on a whole new level of enchantment when played on the bagpipes, creating a moment where everyone can join in the singing while being captivated by the resonant melodies.

Corporate and other special occasions

When it comes to hosting a memorable corporate event, ensuring the happiness and engagement of your guests is paramount. The choice of corporate event entertainment plays a significant role in achieving this goal. And what better way to make a powerful musical statement than with the resounding presence of the Great Highland Bagpipes?

The Great Highland Bagpipes are renowned for their ability to evoke a range of emotions, from soothing the soul to stirring deep feelings within. Their majestic sound and timeless appeal bring a touch of elegance and sophistication to any corporate event or function, adding a sense of professionalism and formality to the atmosphere.

Imagine the awe and delight on the faces of your guests as the resonant melodies of the bagpipes fill the room, instantly captivating their attention and creating an atmosphere of intrigue. The bagpipes have a unique ability to command attention and leave a lasting impression on those in attendance, making your corporate event stand out from the rest.

The powerful sound of the bagpipes serves as a remarkable backdrop for various moments during your event. Whether it’s welcoming guests upon their arrival, creating an ambiance during networking sessions, or providing a grand entrance for key speakers or executives, the bagpipes offer a powerful and engaging musical experience that sets the tone for the occasion.

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