to perform at another international tattoo
The Southland Times
November 24, 2001
City of Invercargill Caledonian Pipe Band has accepted
an invitation to perform at another international tattoo.
The band, which performed at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo
in Scotland in 1998, New Zealand in 2000 and the Nova
Scotia International Tattoo in Canada this year, has been
given top billing at the Australian Federation Tattoo
to be held at Ballarat, near Melbourne, in January.
Pipe major David Pickett said the tattoo, in its fourth
year, was held in a specially constructed stadium, complete
with castle backdrop.
The Invercargill band had been asked to take part in the
closing massed band performances, along with an 11-minute
showcasing Pipin ' Hot.
"Eleven minutes is a generous time because our previous
acts (at other tattoos) have been four and five-minute
lengths," Mr Pickett said. "We are being billed
as internationally acclaimed...it's quite a feather in
our caps, and it's something we've got to live up to.
It means that every time we go out it must be a top, international
performance." The band will be playing alongside
the Victoria Police Pipe Band, from Australia _ world
champion in 1999. Other performers include television
personality Denis Walter and his choir, the Australian
Army Band and the Adelaide Celts broadsword dance troupe.
The tattoo runs from January 25 to 27 but the band will
be in Australia for five nights to take in rehearsals.
During the show, a special tribute will be made to the
men and women of the armed services, entitled Spirit of
Mr Pickett said with that in mind, the Invercargill set
would include When the Pipers Play, a song about the role
of bagpipes in war and the signature tune on the Pipin
' Hot CD, to be released next month.
Orders for the CD were already coming in and the band
planned to take a supply to Australia where the tattoo
crowd was estimated at 10,000, he said.
Mastering of the album was finished in Sydney last week
and the band
expects to receive the finished product about two weeks
before Christmas. A launch has been planned for December