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PARTICIPATING BANDS:

Canada:
The Regimental Band of the Lincoln & Welland Regiment

United Kingdom:
The Band of HM Royal Marines Scotland
The Regimental Band of the Welsh Guards
The Pipes & Drums of the Royal Scots Borderers
The Pipes & Drums of the Royal Air Force Waddington
The Pipes & Drums of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME)
The Pipes & Drums of the Southern Highlanders
The Pipes & Drums of the Royal Artillery
The Pipes & Drums of the Queen Victoria School
The Edinburgh Tattoo Highland Spring Dancers

France:
Musique des Équipages de la Flotte

Netherlands:
Fanfare Korps Nationale Reserve
The Pipes & Drums of the Royal British Legion, Amsterdam Branch

Oman:
The Royal Oman Army Pipes & Drums

Poland:
• The Representative Orchestra of the Pomeranian Military District

Trinidad & Tobago:
The Steel Band of the Trinidad & Tobago Defence Force

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NARRATOR ALASDAIR HUTTON IS THE VOICE OF THE EDINBURGH TATTOO AND IS DELIGHTED TO BE PRESENTING THE VOORTHUIZEN MILITARY TATTOO 2010.

Alasdair HuttonPresenter Alasdair Hutton is the Voice of the Edinburgh.
He has presented Andrew McKinnon’s Scotland the Brave concerts in Australia and looks forward to being part of the Tattoo in Voorthuizen in the Netherlands.

Biography: 1959–64 Journalist (The Age, Melbourne. Press & Journal, Evening Express, Aberdeen) 1964–79 Broadcaster (BBC Scotland, Northern Ireland, London; Producer - Radio Shetland) 1979–89 Member of the European Parliament, South of Scotland 1989–92 European Business Consultant (Royal Bank of Scotland; Isle of Man Parliament) 1992–2002 Employment Consultant (Coutts Career Consultants; Career Associates) 1992-
2009

Writer and Presenter of public events including Edinburgh Military Tattoo and similar events, concerts and displays. Writer and narrator wide variety of video and audio presentations including Edinburgh Castle.

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DIRECTOR OF MUSIC 2010 IS MAJOR STEPHEN BARNWELL.

Major Stephen Barnwell
The 2010 Tattoo Director of music is Major Steve Barnwell, Director of Music Band of The Welsh Guards.

Captain Stephen Barnwell joined the Army in 1975 as a junior musician in the Junior Musicians Troop, Royal Artillery at Woolwich.He was posted to RMSM Kneller Hall in 1985 after being selected for the 3 year Student Bandmasters course.In March 1988 Captain Barnwell took up his first appointment as Bandmaster to the Queen's Lancashire Regiment.He served as Bandmaster to The Band of the Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers between July and September in 1994 before moving to the Irish Guards.He was commissioned into the Corps of Army Music on the 1st May 1996 and took up the appointment as Courses Director at the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall.In 1997 he became Deputy Chief Instructor and in 1998 he was appointed Director of Music to The Band of the Prince of Wales's Division (Clive) where he is currently serving.

 

 

• The Regimental Band of the Lincoln & Welland Regiment

From the time of Butler's Rangers, music has been part of the fabric of the Regiment. Like their British regular counterparts, the Rangers carried a Drummer and a Fifer on strength of each company. The nature of duty of the Rangers probably precluded the musicians employment as such, other than in garrison, but while on campaign they undertook some hazardous duties. Historical records note that when a flag of truce was sent forward to the enemy it was often accompanied by a Drummer or Fifer.

The Band of HM Royal Marines Scotland

In their distinctive white helmets, Royal Marines Bands are renowned throughout the world for the quality of their music, visual splendour and precision drill. On the concert platform they enjoy a similar reputation ensuring their continuing popularity with concert audiences. The band's concert repertoire embraces all kinds of music including popular classics, music of the Big Band era, exciting contemporary works and amusing solo features which all combine to produce programmes that are both entertaining and spectacular.

The Regimental Band of the Welsh Guards

The Band are based in central London ideally suited to the tasks they have to undertake to the various ceremonial elements of a Household Division Band. It can be seen regularly at public events in London and beyond and over the years this has included many overseas tours and engagements for both military and civilian commitments From State Ceremonial events to public concerts the band are always very busy.

The P&D of the Royal Scots Borderers

The Royal Scots Borderers is an amalgamation of the Royal Scots, which traditionally recruited in Tweeddale, and the Kings Own Scottish Borderers, which recruited in the rest of the Borders and Dumfriesshire. They came together on Minden Day, August 1, 2006.

The Pipes & Drums of the RAF Waddington

Welcome to the Official Website of Royal Air Force Waddington Pipes and Drums, Waddington, Lincolnshire. RAF Waddington Pipes and Drums is a voluntary pipe band of the Royal Air Force of Great Britain. Our pipers will play indoors or out.

• The Pipes & Drums of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME)

The Pipes and Drums Band are based in Newcastle although they have pipers who live in Edinburgh and Glasgow. The band is well travelled throughout the UK and Europe with individual musicians travelling as far a field as America. Instruction is available for beginners who are interested in learning or progressing.

The P&D of the Southern Highlanders

The Southern Highlanders were formed in 2006, it brings together pipers and drummers from Waltham Forest Pipes and Drums, Leyton (London) Royal British Legion Pipes and Drums, Oatlands Park Pipes and Drums, Bedford Pipes and Drums, City of Rochester Pipes and Drums and Colchester Pipes and Drums to perform at Military Tattoos and other major events. 

The Pipes & Drums of the Royal Artillery

The regiment is very lucky to have its own “Pipes & Drums” band. A former member of the band is currently working at the “Army School of Bagpipe Music and Highland Drumming” in Edinburgh. This makes him the first teaching weapons instructor at the Piping.....ever. The band is always looking musicians that want to play in the band, even beginners. All that a potential member needs to bring is enthusiasm and interest, the Pipe and Drum Majors will help them with the rest.

The P&D of the Queen Victoria School

The Pipes and Drums Of Queen Victoria School are world-renowned; playing in Military Tattoos all over the world. Including The Nova Scotia International Tattoo, Canada, The Basel Tattoo, Switzerland, Luxembourg and, of course, the world-famous Edinburgh Military Tattoo. As well as their notoriety from the Tattoo scene, The Pipes and Drums of Queen Victoria School have been playing at Scotland international rugby fixtures at Murrayfield since the 1920s."

The Edinburgh Highland Spring Dancers

By means of strict preselecting rounds a group of over 100 girls between 13 and 21 years of age has been selected. This group of dancers is led by Billy Forsyth, former world champion highland dancing. He is the ‘Dance Director’ of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo and he will bring the popular dance style from Scotland to the Veluwe. According to history this dance would be performed by soldiers before they would go into battle. If one of the men would kick against a sword placed on the ground it would be a bad omen, there would be no chance at victory.

Musique des Équipages de la Flotte de Brest

"Originating groups of fifes and drums on board the flagship, the 'Musique des équipages de la flotte de Brest' belongs to the five major French military bands. It is a wind band made up of all the families of wind instruments, plus harp, string bass and percussion. Chamber music and jazz bands and a group of buglers responsible for service honors complement the size of this set. His repertoire ranges from classical to contemporary creations through the symphonic jazz, variety and traditional music. The 'Musique des équipages de la flotte' participates to military ceremony and performs in concerts across France. Sought by many associations and communities, it plays a cultural ambassador role for the Navy in France and overseas and thus contributes to the French musical life."

Fanfare Korps Nationale Reserve

The band, based in Amersfoort, has 50 members. All musicians are reservists, this means that they all have a civilian job or study. Important annual events they perform at are Prinsjesdag, the national veterans day parade in The Hague and the Nijmeegse Vierdaagse(walking event). For special occasions, like memorials and funerals, the band has a copper ensemble. The ensemble can be adjusted to the occasion of the performance.

The FKNR has performed abroad in the following countries: Russia, Germany, France, Belgium, Luxemburg and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

The Pipes & Drums of the Royal British Legion, Amsterdam Branch

The Pipes and Drums Of The Royal British Legion, Amsterdam Branch was founded in march in 2000 as a part of the British veteran organisation The Royal British Legion. The Pipes and Drums have performed at many important events in their short years. They have played with British and Dutch Military bands, participated in the D-Day commemorations in Normandy and the annual commemoration of the airborne landings in Oosterbeek and Ede. One of the finest moments so far has been the performance for Prince Charles and Her Majesty Queen Beatrix. The band has performed at international tattoo’s in Basel, Fulda, Ystad and Luxemburg.

The Royal Oman Army Pipes & Drums

The first band in the Sultanate of Oman’s Land Forces (SOLF Band) was formed at Ghallah Camp in 1974 comprising of a small group of pipers whose special purpose was to provide music for the ‘Passing Out’ ceremony of new recruits. The arrival of Military instruments starting in December 1977 led to the formation in 1978 of the Military Band and Corps of Drums, under the directorship of Neqeeb Wally Bibby MBE, ACRM, a British contract officer.

• The Representative Orchestra of the Pomeranian Military District

The Representative Orchestra of the Pomeranian Military District was formed in 1950. From the beginning it has successfully performed both for soldiers and the society. Cooperation with The Nova Opera House, The Pomeranian Philharmonic Hall and Bydgoszcz Music Academy have very good influence on Band’s artistic level. Participation in various festivals and competitions is a great opportunity to compare our level of performance with other orchestras. Our achievements in that field include The Cristal Baton – for the best parade drill (1979), Ministry of Culture and Art Cup (1981) and The Golden Lyre won in International Band’s Festival in Rybnik (1998). The concerts and parade drill presentations in Varsovian Duchy era uniforms met with warm reception in Belgium, Holland, France, Germany, Great Britain and Latvia.

The Steel Band of the Trinidad & Tobago Defence Force. Formed in June 1995, the Orchestra has quickly become a Caribbean sound sensation, performing all over the world, and even playing as part of the National contingent at the FIFA World Cup in Germany and the 25th year of Independence in Antigua in 2006. The bands musicians are active soldiers, forming part of a Defence Force called the Trinidad and Tobago Regiment. As one of the largest military forces in the region, the Trinidad and Tobago Regiment has approximately 3000 soldiers (men and women), split into four battalions.