03 August 2010
Today, as part of The Royal Edinburgh Tattoo's Diamond Jubilee celebrations, New Zealand's celebrated Army Band staged a short performance on board The Royal Yacht Britannia. The 32-member band is participating at this month's 60th Anniversary Tattoo (6-28 August) and is taking a break from their busy rehearsal schedule to entertain Britannia visitors.
Private Stuart MacFarlane and Private Sima Bagheri aboard The Royal Yacht Britannia. Photo by Mark Owens.
Formed in 1964, the New Zealand Army Band has played an active role in many illustrious occasions across the globe. Essentially a traditionally brass ensemble, they have a complete rhythm section which facilitates even greater musical versatility. The band also includes a number of smaller ensembles that are adept at performing to specific audiences. Over the years, they have earned international recognition as one of the finest marching bands in the world.
Tattoo Chief Executive and Producer, Major General Euan Loudon, said: "It is fantastic that a wider audience is being given an opportunity to witness a flavour of this year's special 60th birthday production."
Britannia's Head of Visitor Experience Julia Stephenson commented: "Britannia visited New Zealand many times during her service and each time received a warm welcome, so we're delighted to welcome the Army Band on board the Royal Yacht."