The Southland Times
May 18, 1999
City of Invercargill Caledonian Pipe Band, which last
year performed in Scotland's Edinburgh Military Tattoo
, might make a second guest appearance when the tattoo
is staged in New Zealand next year.
The New Zealand International Festival of the Arts has
booked the Edinburgh Tattoo for Wellington's WestpacTrust
Stadium in March 2000. It will be the first time the tattoo
has been performed outside Scotland in its 50-year history.
Costing up to $2.9 million to stage, the tattoo will be
the centrepiece of the 2000 festival.
The festival will feature at least 1000 performers, of
whom about 300 will come from Britain.
Invercargill band pipe major David Pickett said he received
correspondence from tattoo producer and chief executive
Brigadier Mel Jameson about two weeks ago.
The letter said he would be looking for 10 New Zealand
pipe bands to take part and would be counting on the Invercargill
and Dunedin bands, who went to Scotland last year, to
be among them.
The tattoo is scheduled to be staged from March 10 to
12, in front of about 17,000 people each night.
Those dates clash with the New Zealand Pipe Band Championshipsbeing
held in Masterton, meaning any bands performing in both
will have to do some careful time management and a lot
"We would really like to do it; the only thing we
have to consider is our commitments, re: defending our
national title," Mr Pickett said.
"We have to do justice to the defence of our national
title and a tattoo performance _ it'll take some careful
planning but I'm sure we can organise our programme."
The band had yet to discuss the implications fully before
availability for the tattoo, Mr Pickett said.