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Citadel News Service
8 Apr 2010

Regimental Pipe Band to kick off Verizon Heritage Classic

The Citadel Regimental Pipe Band will once again perform on the greens at the famed Harbour Town Golf Links at Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island to mark the opening of the Verizon Heritage Classic.

For more than 20 years the Pipe Band has led the parade to the 18th green to start South Carolina’s only PGA tour event. This year the parade begins at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, April 12.

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The Citadel Regimental Pipe Band will once again perform on the greens at the famed Harbour Town Golf Links at Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island to mark the opening of the Verizon Heritage Classic.

The performance at the Verizon Heritage opening is one of three high profile events that will feature The Citadel’s Regimental Band and Regimental Pipe Band in the coming months.

On Tuesday, April 20, the annual spring show for the Lowcountry will give concert goers a taste of what the world will hear from “America’s Band” this summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.

In August, the band and pipes will be the only U.S. band attending the Diamond Jubilee of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, a month-long nightly festival of music and demonstrations by military organizations from around the world. This 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 is the only military college ever invited to participate.

Back at home, “A Concert for the Community” begins at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, April 20 in McAlister Field House at The Citadel in downtown Charleston. It is free and open to the public. The 2010 concert will feature an extended performance of traditional Scottish music by the Regimental Pipe Band. The spring concert is dedicated to band supporters, including those who have helped make the trip to Scotland possible. While a free show, donations are welcome and will help defray the costs of the trip.

“The support we have received has had a direct impact in the growth of the Band and Pipes and its reputation,” said Cmdr. Mike Alverson, USN (Ret), director of music. “What an honor to receive a second invitation to the Edinburgh Tattoo to represent our school and our country. We will perform live in front of more than 217,000 people and be seen worldwide on BBC television by more than 100 million people and we can’t wait to make the Lowcountry, South Carolina, and the nation proud.”

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