Where we practice


Ore Community Centre

455 Old London Road


East Sussex

TN35 5BH


Wednesday 7pm till 9pm


Sunday 10am till 12 Noon

About us

Audentes Fortuna juvet (Fortune assists the Brave)

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The band was initially formed in 1998 by the late Pipe Major Arthur Jepson who was a serving soldier with the Scots Guards. The band adopted their title after the famous battle fought only a few miles from the where the idea was first conceived.


The band is an 18 strong marching military-based band concentrating on three key areas: music, drill, and presentation with all members adorned in the famous Royal Stewart Tartan and Doublets with gold braid. Our other distinguishing feature is our bright red hackle in our bonnets, an honour bestowed upon the band by the famous Black Watch.


The band is now led by Pipe Major Martyn Hacker whose considerable experience is born out of leading three bands over a 20 year period, providing personal tuition and direction of all music. Martyn has surrounded himself with good players of all ages, and a number of core individuals who have helped to run a very successful band.


The band have performed all over the UK, many parts of Europe and the USA and in front of Royalty. They have been honoured to play with the likes of the Army Air Corp, the Coldstream Guards and the Royal Signals.


The Royal Warwick Show, Royal Hickstead, Battle of the flowers in Jersey and the Shrewsbury Flower Show are regular events as are less formal performances at local fetes and Carnivals. Individual pipers and drummers are also often requested for events such as weddings, Burns night and of course New Year.


The band is based in Hastings, East Sussex, England, however members come from Eastbourne, and as far as Hove to practice and enjoy the skirl of the pipes. The band have over the years had a number of individuals who have served in her Majesty's forces, however most of us are civilians and all embrace the most important qualities of this band which are friendship, loyalty and the wonderful sound of the highlands. The band is open to all ages, sexes and races who all enjoy keeping this traditional music alive.