The John F. Nicoll Pipe Band was formed in 1977 by Walter T. Wilkie of the 2nd Battalion Scots Guards as an off-shoot of the Scottish Highland Society of Maryland. John F. Nicoll, from whom the band takes its name, was a piper in the British Army during WWI and eventually went on to become the Pipe Major of the prize-winning Clan MacRae Society Pipe Band and a teacher to band founder Walter Wilkie.
P/M Wilkie grew the band until moving away from the region in 1983, at which time, John McCruden was elected Pipe Major. P/M McCruden led the band until 1998, when the band elected Kevin M. Brown to the Pipe Major position. P/M Brown grew the band substantially until his retirement in 2017.
The band has had major success under P/M Brown, including being chosen to act as Gov. Ehrlich's personal escort at his 2003 inauguration and appearing in the movie "Ladder 49".