About us

The Rose and Thistle Pipes and Drums is a Gosport and Portsmouth based band who have been entertaining the southern counties of England, especially Hampshire, for over 68 years.

The current Pipe Major is Alan Foggie.


We are able to supply any of the following to enhance your event or function:

  • Full Band: 9+ Pipers, 1 Bass Drummer, Tenor and Side Drummers and a Drum Major
  • Mini-Band: 4+ Pipers, 1 Bass Drummer, Tenor Drummer and Side Drummers
  • Pipers: Numbers as requested
  • Drummers: Numbers as requested
  • Solo piper
  • Solo drummer

Please send all correspondence to The Band Secretary.

Join Us

We are constantly on the lookout for new members, so if you have an interest in the Pipes or Drums, please get in contact as we offer training in all disciplines

We meet twice a week. On a Monday evening in Gosport for for chanter/pad practice and a Wednesday evening in Portsmouth for full practice

The Band

Alan Foggie

Pipe major

Tom Smith

Pipe SerGeant

Gordie Leslie

Drum Major

Justin Harwood

Band Secretary

Andrea Watkin



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Contact us

Please email the secretary@rose-and-thistle.co.uk