4 SCOTS Pipes And Drums Indiana Jones 5 performing in a parade for the film in Glasgow Scotland 2 CREDIT Billy Knox Photography
4 SCOTS Pipes and Drums musicians perform in a scene for the new Indiana Jones film in Glasgow, July 2021 (Picture: Billy Knox Photography).
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Indiana Jones starring role for 4 SCOTS Pipes and Drums

4 SCOTS Pipes And Drums Indiana Jones 5 performing in a parade for the film in Glasgow Scotland 2 CREDIT Billy Knox Photography
4 SCOTS Pipes and Drums musicians perform in a scene for the new Indiana Jones film in Glasgow, July 2021 (Picture: Billy Knox Photography).

Picture the scene – it's 1969 and a parade featuring British Army pipes and drums musicians is making its way down a street in New York to celebrate Apollo 11's successful landing, but everything is not quite as it seems. 

Instead, it's actually 2021, the street is in Glasgow and everyone is there to film a scene in the latest movie in the Indiana Jones franchise. 

Musicians from Catterick-based 4 SCOTS Pipes and Drums make an appearance performing the rousing 'Scotland The Brave' as part of the parade and get themselves involved in a stunt featuring Harrison Ford's double. 

The man, dressed as Indiana Jones, zooms past them on a motorbike, causing several of them to quickly move out of the way for fear of being knocked over.

 

Two of those who performed in Glasgow were brothers Pipe Major Colour Sergeant Peter Grant and Drum Major Sergeant Ruaridh Grant, who last year made regimental history as the first brother combination since the formation of the Royal Regiment Of Scotland to hold the appointment of Pipe Major and Drum Major at the same time. 

The two 4 SCOTS musicians spoke to Mark McKenzie, a BFBS the Forces Station broadcaster, about their extraordinary careers to date and what it was like to be part of the next Indiana Jones film. 

Sgt Ruaridh Grant said: "Surreal to be on a film set with all these stars, you know, bumping into Boyd Holbrook and Phoebe Waller-Bridge and the guys just mingling with them. 

"Just being on a Hollywood film set was actually just crazy. 

"I was looking around thinking 'what am I actually doing here?'" 

4 Scots Drum Major Sergeant Ruaridh CS Pipe Major Peter Grant Make History Stepping Out Together Catterick 24062021 CREDIT BFBS
4 SCOTS Drum Major Sergeant Ruaridh Grant and Pipe Major Colour Sergeant Peter Grant pictured in Catterick, June 2021.

When asked if they will feel proud to see their names in the closing credits, Sgt Ruaridh Grant said: "Aye, especially when you see 4 SCOTS Pipes and Drums next to Harrison Ford, it'll be a bit crazy." 

CSgt Peter Grant, whose greatest honour of his military career was to play the Lament at the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral in April 2021, said his role as Pipe Major has given him outstanding opportunities he'll never get again and "it was really good to be part of something like [Indiana Jones]". 

The latest Indiana Jones, which is set during the 1960s space race, finished filming in February 2022 and is expected to be released in 2023. 

It is the first of the franchise without Steven Spielberg as its director or George Lucas writing the script. 

Instead, James Mangold, known for directing Ford v Ferrari, Logan and Walk The Line, directed it and co-wrote the script with screenwriter brothers Jez and John-Henry Butterworth. 

When asked on Twitter what it was like to film the parade in Glasgow, Mangold said: "I would love to come back to shoot again. 

"Glasgow is a beautiful city and we had the bonus of remarkable weather.

"Two weeks of exterior shooting and no rain," he added.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Mads Mikkelsen and Boyd Holbrook will join Harrison Ford in the fifth instalment of the Indiana Jones franchise which was filmed around the world in locations such as Pinewood Studios in England, Morocco, Sicily and of course where 4 SCOTS performed, Glasgow.