“America’s Band in 2010”
The Regimental Band and Pipes named 2010’s U.S. representative
to world’s largest, most prestigious military music event
The Citadel Regimental Band and Pipes will be the only U.S. band in Edinburgh, Scotland, for the 2010 Diamond Jubilee of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, a month-long nightly festival of music, pageantry and demonstrations by military organizations 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-oh) Tattoo in 1991 and The Citadel is the only military college ever invited to take part.
The festival runs from Aug. 6 to 28, 2010.
“I am extremely proud that The Citadel and our Regimental Band and Pipes will be representing the United States before the world next summer,” said Citadel President Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa. “Throughout its history, The Citadel has had a tradition of duty, pride and excellence as part of the cadet leadership experience, and the Regimental Band and Pipes is an important part of that tradition.”
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 approximately 25 times during the month of August. The Tattoo, which attracts thousands to Scotland, will be broadcast to millions of people around the world by the BBC. 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.”
“To say this is a great honor is a huge understatement,” said retired Navy Cmdr. Mike Alverson, director of bands. “This is one of those rare opportunities when we can show the world what we are, where we are from and what we can do. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to represent the United States of America in Scotland.”
The Regimental Band and Pipes is one of 19 companies comprising the South Carolina Corps of Cadets. The Regimental Band and Pipes perform during the Friday afternoon dress parades and at athletic events and frequently perform in the local community and throughout the state.
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“This is a wonderful occasion for these cadets to display their talent and show the world the skill and dedication taught at The Citadel,” Riley said.
The Tattoo provides accommodations, meals, transportation in and around Scotland and sightseeing expeditions for all participants. It does not cover travel to and from Scotland.
Due to state budget cuts and limited college travel funds, an effort is under way to raise money to fund travel to and from Scotland for the 100 band and pipe members, their chaperones and equipment. Donations can be sent to The Citadel Foundation at 171 Moultrie St., Charleston, S.C., 29409. Specify on the memo line “Band Trip to Edinburgh.” More information is available online. Click here.
“The opportunity to represent The Citadel, the state of South Carolina and the United States of America on an international stage is exciting and humbling,” said Jim Dillahey, director of The Citadel Pipe Band. “It is with immense pride that that Regimental Band and Pipes accept the honor of being ‘America’s Band in 2010’ in Scotland.”
More information, including media resources such as photographs and video clips, is available on our web site at www.citadel.edu/band
For more information about the Edinburgh Military Tattoo click here.