The Fourth Battalion
of the Third Gorkha Rifles Pipes and Drums Band first played on February 20,
1963. On this day a Guard of Honour marched to the tune of the Battalion Band.
It also played the General Salute when arms were presented. The flag was then
taken into Quarter Guard and placed on pile of side drums
After that first
performance, there has been no looking back. It has performed from as varied
places as the Air Field at Leh to Rajpath for the Republic Day Parade.
On November 14, 1971,
the Pipe Band and Bugler gave a remarkable performance on Remembrance Day
Service held at Digbhoi Cemetery. It was highly commended by all the dignitaries
present on the occasion. On February 20, 1972, Lt General Sangat Singh, Padma
Bhushan, PVSM, Colonel of the Regiment witnessed the Beating of the Retreat
The band that figured
in the Bollywood movie "Dharmatma" in 1975 is that of the unit
On February 21,1983,
Maj SK Jairath, SM presented the Guard of Honour to the President of India,
Giani Zail Singh at the Ahmedabad Air Port, to the tune of the Pipes and Drums.
On January 26, 1984, the Battalion band participated in Republic Day
celebrations at Imphal and added to the pomp and gaiety befitting the occasion
In 1986, the Band
performed in the Army Day parade in Calcutta. That year it went on to win the
Brigade, Division and Corps competition.
In the year 1987, the
Battalion Buglers participated in the Republic Day Parade. This was repeated in
1991 and 1997 and since then it has become a regular feature. In 2006, the band
participated in the Republic Day Celebrations and had the distinction of being
placed next to the Presidential Dias.
The band is being
commanded by Band Major Subedar Jas Bahadur Gurung.
commanders of the band have been
1964 - 1969:
Hony Nb Sub Tanka Bahadur Thapa
1969 - 1973: Hav
Jhaman Singh Thapa
1973 - 1977: Hav Maita
1977 - 1982: Hav Guman
1982 - 1993: Hav Ram
1993 - 1996: Nb Sub
Ram Kishen Thapa
1996 - 2001: Sub Bir
2001 - 2004: Sub
Harsha Bahadur Rana
2004 till date: Sub
Jas Bahadur Gurung