New Zealand’s Army Band invited back to Edinburgh Tattoo

NZ Army Band
The NZ Army Band (OH09-0253-033)

 20 July 2010

The New Zealand Army Band, known world-wide for their energetic and innovative performances, have been invited back for the third time to participate in the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

The Military Tattoo is the longest running and most prestigious of all international tattoo’s being viewed by over four billion world wide each year.

Billed as one of the big “headline acts”, the Army Band has immense international popularity and crowd drawing ability. They will be performing in 26 shows on the Esplanade of the Edinburgh Castle.

Staff Sergeant Tristan Mitchell, Bandmaster of the New Zealand Army Band, said the New Zealand Army Band was honoured to have been invited back to participate in the celebrations and will, “do both the Army and New Zealand proud ."

“This is a true testament to the Band’s ability to perform at such high standard on the international stage. We will be performing displays using music from some very popular artists such as Michael Bublè, Earth Wind and Fire, and Tchaikovsky. There will also be a taste of music from Colonel Bogey, Boogie Wonderland, Get Smart, some Scottish Dancing and an awe inspiring version of the Haka to name but a few. This year we have added some audience participation in the latter part of the display, giving them a whole tattoo new experience.”

The band is currently in full swing with their pre-departure rehearsals. Interested media are welcome to attend their final rehearsal on Friday 23 July at 2pm and interview band members at Burnham Military Camp, where they are based.


For more information on the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo check out their website

For more information on the New Zealand Army’s involvement or to attend the final rehearsal contact Jane Wright, Defence Communications Advisor on 021 224 8658.

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