Definition of pipe major in English:

pipe major

noun

  • An NCO commanding regimental pipes and drums:

    [as title] ‘Pipe Major Hadden’
    • ‘The Piping Centre's founding director of piping is also one of the world's most accomplished solo pipers and a pipe major with the acclaimed ScottishPower Pipe Band.’
    • ‘Annan also has a renowned brass band, two former world-champion pipe bands and a former world champion pipe major.’
    • ‘The band took a huge body blow in 1987 when their pipe major, Tony Burke, upped sticks and moved to Britain.’
    • ‘Our pipe major was in the back of one of the command vehicles playing the bagpipes.’
    • ‘The main photograph, right, shows the City of York Pipe Band, pictured in the late 1980s, when pipe major Paul Adams had just taken over.’