The Band Of The Irish GuardsThe Irish Guards was formed on 1 April 1900 to commemorate the bravery of the many Irish regiments which fought in the South African campaigns. Under the direction of its first Bandmaster, Warrant Officer Charles Hassell, the Regimental Band made its first public appearance the following year.
The Band quickly gained a reputation for excellence as evidenced by the glowing press reports in 1905 for what turned out to be the first of many tours of Canada. The citizens of Toronto were so impressed with its performance that they presented the Band with an ornate silver cup, which remains one of its cherished possessions to this day.
Read more.....Royal Canadian Mounted Police Pipes and DrumsThe Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) H Division Pipes and Drums was formed in May 2004. Based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, it is one of eight RCMP volunteer pipe bands located in communities across Canada.
The other seven pipe bands are based in Moncton, New Brunswick; Montreal, Quebec; Ottawa, Ontario; Winnipeg, Manitoba; Regina, Saskatchewan; Edmonton, Alberta; and Vancouver, British Columbia.
The band is comprised of volunteers from throughout Nova Scotia who come together to share and showcase their musical talent and help bring the community closer to its national police.
Read more.....South African Irish Regiment Pipes and DrumsThe S A Irish Pipes & Drums, as the band is known today, has its roots in a time long, long before our own. It is a fascinating history, which uncovers not just the military origins of the band, but which also tells of the birth of the Irish warpipe, the evolution of the instrument and the role it has played in Irish life and militia over the centuries. A fascinating book, in two volumes, called Clear The Way (The Military Heritage of the South African Irish 1880- 1990), by S Monick and Col O E F Baker, DWD, tells Pipe Major Fred 'Pipey' Symons the whole wonderful story. The book can be ordered in IrishWare, the official on-line store of the S A Irish Pipes and Drums.
Read more.....The Band of the Brigade of GurkhasThe Band of The Brigade of Gurkhas is based at Shorncliffe near Folkestone.
The Band was raised in November 1859 as part of an Indian Army Gurkha Regiment called the Sirmoor Rifle Regiment. It had 16 Bandsmen and one Naik (a leader) and soon became a part of Regimental life, playing for parades, polo matches, dinners and troop entertainment at the Regimental base at Dehra Dun, North East of Dehli.
Read more.....The Belfast International Tattoo Massed Pipes & Drums
Read more.....Amigo Leiden Band - NetherlandsAMIGO Leiden was founded in 1995 after a merger of two orchestras (Matilo and Allegro Vivace) and consists of three parts, namely the Show & Marching band, the Stage Band and the youth.
The name AMIGO, stands for 'Everything, Committed Faith and Conviction''
The literal translation FRIEND is therefore very applicable to our association with all its members.
Read more.....The Flying Grandpa's - GermanyFor more than 45 years, a group of grandfathers from Germany discovered their passion in artistry and humour. They decided to create a show that would have the crowds in raptures with their magnificent display of agility & acrobatics.
Read more.....Royal Canadian Mounted Police Flag PartyThe RCMP H Division flag party consists of Regular Members (police officers) of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police who are posted in Nova Scotia.
Each member of the Flag Party volunteers their time to attend parades, concerts, ceremonies and other performances with the RMCP H Division Pipes & Drums. Participating in more than a dozen performances per year, the Flag Party is a highly visible and very popular component of the Pipes & Drums.
Read more.....Royal Canadian Mounted Police DancersThe traditional Belfast Tattoo Highland Dance display will be represented this year by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police 'H' Division Highland Dance Troupe.
The troupe is comprised of experienced dancers, most of whom, after years of dedicated training and practice, have earned their 'Premiere Dancer' designation. Individually, the dancers each bring an extensive list of competition and performance experiences, both locally and internationally.
Read more.....Lucerne Marching Band - SwitzerlandDressed in their blue-and-white historical land-cast uniform, Lucerene is a welcome addition to any traditional event or important parade.
With their blue and white Landsknecht uniforms, they are well known for their varied and entertaining tattoo shows at home and abroad. The highlights included not only the numerous performances at Tattoo on Stage here in the KKL Luzern, but also the shows at the Berlin Tattoo.
Read more.....Imperial Corps of Drums - LiverpoolThe Imperial Corps of Drums is a marching band from the fantastic city of Liverpool, England. The band began back in 1992 when a group of like minded friends got together and set about creating a British Army style band playing full part music. From fairly humble beginnings, and through a lot of hard work and dedication we now find ourselves performing at the Belfast International Tattoo, followed by our own city's first ever Tattoo, we literally are pinching ourselves!
Read more.....Millar Memorial Flute BandEstablished at Shaw's Bridge in 1911 and still going strong! We are regarded by many as one of the top melody bands in the UK.
They were formed in 1911 and are one of Northern Ireland's most well known and respected melody flute bands. The band are involved in all of the major loyal order parades throughout the year, and in July 2015 were very proud to have led the Belfast 12th July procession for the 40th successive year!
Read more.....Gurjit Singh Sidhu and the VIP Dholies and DancersVIP Dholies, is an Indian Dhol Drumming group based in Glasgow, Scotland. The band leader, Gurjit, has been playing Indian drums since he was just 4 years old, starting off with the classical Tabla then progressing onto the louder and more energetic Dhol. He is largely self taught and loves to collaborate with different instruments and cultures to further develop his musical knowledge.
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