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Erik (far right) seen here with the band in 1997 on top of Grandfather Mountain

Erik is seen here at the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games in the back row, far right

Sergeant Erik Page joined the Charleston Police Pipes and Drums at its founding in 1995 to fulfill the band’s need for an experienced drum major. Interestingly, when he joined the band as a founding member he did not play the bagpipes. During his tenure with the band, however, he became a competitive solo pipe player which he credits to his teacher (and founding musical director of the band) Pipe Major Sandy Jones

Erik was previously the Regimental Drum Major at The Citadel and performed in the 1991 Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Scotland.  Erik took the reins as our second Officer-in-Charge of the Band (functionally the band's president) in 2000 until he left the Charleston Police Department in 2009 for a career with the U.S. State Department. At that point, Officer Kyle Ryan was appointed to lead the band.

According to Erik, he “led the band and groused daily about dress, cover, and military bearing!”  Erik continues to pipe at USMC Birthday Balls and other events at U.S. Embassies and Consulates overseas, and remains an honorary band member for his extensive service history with our organization.