A show of force - Edinburgh Military Tattoo
This article is from 2008.
A festival spectacle global in design is this year’s The Edinburgh Military Tattoo, which prepares once again to set its stall on the esplanade under the impressive backdrop of Edinburgh Castle, as it showcases the best military musicians from around the world. A favourite with international audiences and performers, acts from over 40 countries will be presented, with a large portion of its 200,000 plus audience journeying from abroad to see the Tattoo spectacle.
An array of music, dance and display, this year’s line-up includes acts from Australia, the United States, Canada and the Far East, along with Massed Highland Dancers and the haunting sound of the Lone Piper. Highlights include performances from The Massed Bands of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines, His Majesty The King’s Guards Band and Drill Team of Norway and the celebrated Massed Pipes & Drums and The Band of the Royal Regiment of Scotland. Among the Tattoo’s new elements will be one of America’s most popular marching bands, the 150-piece Golden Eagles, who will travel to Scotland from Missouri.
For the third time in the Tattoo’s history, acts from Singapore will also make an appearance, including a detachment of Gurkha Pipes and Drums together with a 55-strong Police Military Band and an all-woman Police Pipe Band. Pupils from Queen Victoria School in Dunblane will also present a display of piping, drumming and Highland dancing to celebrate their school’s 100-year anniversary.
The Edinburgh Military Tattoo, 1-23 Aug, www.edintattoo.co.uk