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Citadel News Service
14 Dec 2012

Regimental Band and Pipes invited to another international tattoo

Band cadets to spend summer 2013 in Nova Scotia

Following the resounding success at the world's largest military Tattoo two years ago , The Citadel Regimental Band and Pipes has been invited to perform at the July 2013 Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo.

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The Regimental Band and Pipes is the only military college band
to participate in the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Scotland-
first in 1991 and again in 2010.

Created in 1979, the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo is an indoor weeklong show that features military and civilian performing groups from Canada and countries all around the world. Its mission is to produce and present an international cultural event that will stimulate Canadian patriotism, educate youth, recognize the service of the Canadian Forces and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and attract tourism to Nova Scotia.

"We were pleased to invite The Citadel military college because of the excellent musical reputation the band and pipes have established over the last decade," said Jim Forde, production coordinator of the Nova Scotia Tattoo. "We are excited to have them as a part of our 2013 production."

In August 2010 the Regimental Band and Pipes became the only military college band to be invited, not once but twice, to the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Scotland. The month-long show is performed on the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle. The Nova Scotia Tattoo is performed in the Halifax Metro Centre, set up as a theatre in the round. Approximately 60,000 people attend each year.

"It is a tremendous honor to be invited to the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo," said retired Navy Cmdr. Mike Alverson, director of music at The Citadel. "It also is a testament to the outstanding musicianship and dedication of the cadets in the Regimental Band and Pipes."

With approximately 80 band members and 35 pipes and drums, the Regimental Band and Pipes is one of 21 cadet companies at The Citadel.

"There is no music major at The Citadel, but Tattoo producers in Scotland and Nova Scotia have been extremely impressed with the musicianship and the professionalism exhibited by the cadets," Alverson said. "We are already preparing for the Nova Scotia Tattoo and look forward to once again showcasing The Citadel on an international stage."

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