The Band Uniform of the 1970s
the 18th century uniform, the 78th Fraser’s
Highlanders Pipe Band chose modern kilts, rather than great kilts, in the Black Watch
tartan. To recreate the effect of the belted plaid of the great kilt, the band wore plaids
when in full dress. All band members wore loose shirts with ruffled fronts and cuffs, an
authentic leather stock at the throat (to protect the neck from bayonet thrusts), long
red wool vests with silver buttons, brown leather sporrans, and diced hose. Their bonnets
had an impressive thatch of genuine bear fur.
It is an understatement to say that the band was distinctive in appearance
in the 1970s – no one else looked like the 78th Fraser’s Highlanders. To be honest,
some people giggled and pointed... until, that is, the band began winning championships.
Then, the distinctive appearance of the band became a genuine advantage.