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 7, 2015


Manassas St. Patrick's Parade
March 14, 2015


Tartan Day Performance
April 11, 2015


American University Graduation
May 9, 2015


Band Practice
May 14, 2015


Band Practice
May 21, 2015


Band Practice
May 28, 2015


Tavern Square Performance
June 4, 2015


Band Practice
June 11, 2015


Band Practice
June 18, 2015


Band Practice
June 25, 2015


Tavern Square Performance
July 9, 2015







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