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They're off!

Written by Kristi Sparks
Wednesday, 28 July 2010 11:14

Band leaving

After several days of intense rehearsals, marching in the oppressive heat and humidity, the Regimental Band and Pipes leaves today for Edinburgh, Scotland. The first bus, filled mostly with bagpipers left campus under cloudy and occasionally rainy skies. But that did not stop a few dozen people from gathering on the steps of Bond Hall to cheer and wave as their bus rode by.

Regimental Band Departure

The Citadel Regimental Band and Pipes is "America's Band" as the only U.S. organization participating in the 2010 Diamond Jubilee of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, a month-long nightly festival of music, pageantry and demonstrations by military organizations and entertainers from around the world.

It is the second time The Citadel has received a prestigious invitation to the international festival, the largest of its kind in the world. The Citadel was the first military college invited to the Edinburgh (pronounced Edin-bur-uh) Tattoo in 1991 and is the only military college ever invited to take part. Set against the backdrop of Edinburgh Castle, the Tattoo will host musical talent from four continents, including pipers, gymnasts, singers and dancers who will perform nightly throughout the month of August. The word "tattoo" comes from the closing-time cry in the inns during the 17th and 18th centuries - "Doe den tap toe" or "Turn off the taps."

The Tattoo, which attracts thousands to Scotland, will be broadcast to millions of people around the world by the BBC. We won't be able to see it stateside right now, but you can follow the band and pipes here through videos, photographs and a travel blog as well as on our Facebook page and via Twitter.