It may be that there has only ever been one “official” pipe and drum band, of any unit of the U.S. Army; the “Garryowen Pipe Band” of the U.S. 7th Cav. Alas with the break up of the regiment into “squadrons” and time, the official band is no more, though there have been volunteer pipers attempting to keep the spirit alive, to the current day.
In Mid 2012 I was approached by a retired Col. who did serve in the 7th and was starting a new enterprise in the Memphis, TN area. As a part of this he wished to be the patron of a “7th Cavalry Pipes and Drums” memorial band. It is quite possible that no member of this band will have ever served in the 7th cav themselves, and may have never served in the military. We don’t claim to be members of the 7th, but ‘re-enactors” of the band as it existed circa 1957. No different than civil war re-enactors, just. Our wish is to keep alive the memory of the existance of this band, and honor those who have served in this unit as well as all branches of the military.