Silver Jubilee to be a golden
Though the 2003 Tattoo (June 29 -
May 7) will celebrate its Silver Jubilee, the show is turning out to
be golden. Producer/Director Ian Fraser has gathered some of the
best acts from across Canada and around the world to participate in
this special 25th milestone production.
As in previous years, the show
promises to deliver world-class musicians, massed bands, pipers and
drummers, acrobats, dancers and specialty performers from the
civilian and military communities at home and abroad. It is this
unique association between the military and the civilian communities
that signifies the recurring Tattoo theme "bond of friendship."
Making their first appearance at
The Nova Scotia International Tattoo, and their first appearance
anywhere in North America, is the Russian Cossack State Dance
Company of Moscow. The dance company is considered to be one of the
best in the world, said The Scotsman, "forget Riverdance.
This is group dance at its best and most entertaining."
Halifax will also welcome the
Marinemusikkorps Nordsee Band from the City of Wilhelmshaven,
Germany. Their melodious music is traditional, but modern and
dynamic, like the Navy and city they represent.
The Fanfarekorps Koninklijke
Landmacht Band from The Netherlands will perform in Halifax for
their first time in 2003. The Fanfare band provides musical
accompaniment to ceremonial functions and formal occasions,
including the annual opening of Parliament on Prinsjesdag,
swearing-in and commemoration ceremonies in their native country.
Many returning acts selected for
this year’s Silver Jubilee were a result of audience requests.
Several of those requests were for the Band of 51 Scottish Brigade,
who entertained audiences back in 2001. However, this year they will
be joined by the Pipes & Drums of 51st Highland Regiment,
resulting in a large contingent from the United Kingdom. Keeping
within the Commonwealth, members of the Bermuda Islands Pipe Band
will also perform at this year’s show, as part of the Massed Pipes
And it could not be an anniversary
show without including The Flying Grandpas of the Hamburg Police
Force. They have thrilled audiences with their comedic trampoline
routines and almost deserve honourary Canadian citizenship with the
number of requests for their return.
Joining the Flying Grandpas on the
acrobatic end are the D’Holmikers and the Gymnastics Club of Mels
Synchronized Parallel Bar Team from Switzerland. The nationally
ranked synchronized parallel bar team will amaze with their skill,
precision and impeccable form, while the D’Holmikers will amuse and
impress with their popular Horrowshow routine.
In an encore performance, Club
Piruett, world leaders in aesthetic group gymnastics, will captivate
with their incredible flexibility and grace. This will be the
Estonian group’s fourth appearance at The Nova Scotia International
The Pipes and Drums of The 2nd
Battalion The Royal Canadian Regiment, and The Fraser Holmes
Memorial Ladies Pipe Band will join The Nova Scotia International
Tattoo/Black Watch Association Pipes and Drums, The Bermuda Islands
Pipe Band and The Pipes and Drums of 51st Highland
Regiment to complete the Massed Pipes and Drums.
Canadian military bands include
the Stadacona Band of Maritime Forces Atlantic, Land Force Atlantic
Area Band and The Ceremonial Guard Band of the Canadian Forces. This
year the Tattoo will recognize the 100th Anniversary of
the Canadian Engineers with a special historical tribute.
The Amethyst Scottish Dancers,
Atlantica Gym Team, Tattoo Junior Dancers, Tattoo Choir and
Children’s Chorus are just a few of the Canadian acts that will
grace the floor and stage with home-grown talent. Of course other
Canadian crowd favourites will be present including the RCMP and
vocal soloists Joe Donahue and Brenna Conrad.
This is only a glimpse of the
roster for 2003. Negotiations and planning are still underway with
several other international groups. "Of course there will always be
a few surprises," remarked Producer/Director Ian Fraser. "We plan to
celebrate the Silver Jubilee in true Tattoo style – BIG!"
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