City of Alexandria Pipes and Drums

A Grade 4 pipe band based in Alexandria, Virginia, the City of Alexandria Pipes and Drums (CAPD) plays a prominent role in parades, festivals and special events throughout the greater Washington, D.C. area. Combining precision marching with innovative musical arrangements, the band has been delighting audiences for over three decades.

Patterned after a traditional military pipe band with more than 25 active pipers and 12 drums, the band is under the musical direction and leadership of Pipe Major John G. Sprague and Drum Major J.J. Powers

The band has performed at the White House, foreign embassies, a gubernatorial inauguration, the President's Cup golf tournament, rock concerts, university commencement exercises, military ceremonial balls, and many other prestigious events. .



The band maintains a year-long schedule of parades, local concert appearances at Old Town Alexandria’s Market Square and the historic Carlyle House, and competitions at highland games. CAPD has consistently placed among the top bands within its grade in EUSPBA’s Mid-Atlantic Region.

CAPD is a tax-exempt charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code.

CAPD welcomes recruits at all levels of experience. Admission as a playing member depends on practice attendance and skills evaluation by the band's instructors. Practices are held each Thursday from 7-10PM at the Durant Center (Dept of Recreation), 1605 Cameron Street in Alexandria.



Alexandria St. Patrick's Parade
March 1, 2014


Manassas St. Patrick's Parade
March 15, 2014


Southern Maryland Celtic Festival
April 26, 2014


American University Commencement Exercises
May 10, 2014


Band Practice
May 15, 2014


Band Practice
May 22, 2014


Band Practice
May 29, 2014


Band Practice
June 5, 2014


Band Practice
June 12, 2014


Band Practice
June 19, 2014


Band Practice
June 19, 2014


Band Practice
June 26, 2014


Band Practice
July 3, 2014


Alexandria Irish Festival
August 9, 2014







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