The Southland Times
December 17, 1998
City of Invercargill Caledonian Pipe Band will feature
on TV1 on
Christmas Eve when the 1998 Edinburgh Military Tattoo
goes to air.
The Invercargill and Dunedin pipe bands were the only
international pipe bands to take part in the prestigious
annual event at Edinburgh Castle, Scotland, during August.
Invercargill drum major Neale Smith said the band had
extensive coverage in the BBC recording which was edited
to fit a one-hour television timeslot.
It included almost the entire four-minute combined marching
display the two bands performed.
There were also several close-up shots of the individual
He advised anyone wanting to pick out the Southlanders
to look out for the banners hanging from the drones of
the bagpipes _ Invercargill and Dunedin were the only
bands with banners. The Invercargill banners feature the
Southland Spirit of a Nation logo. The bass drum was also
prominent with a bold "New Zealand" and the
This year's tattoo, the 49th, had a cast of more than
including 600 musicians and 200 dancers.
Popular acts which featured in the television recording
Central Band of the Russian Navy, based in Moscow, and
Forces Band and meke dance troupe.
The tattoo would screen at 9pm on December 24.