The Southland Times
October 13, 1999
City of Invercargill Caledonian Pipe Band has accepted
invitation to perform at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo
when it is staged in Wellington next year.
The band performed at the Scottish event last year and
had been told it was high on the list for the show's first
performance outside Britain.
Pipe major David Pickett said the top New Zealand pipe
bands had been asked to perform in the massed pipes and
drums alongside six bands from the Scottish regiments.
They are: the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, Royal Scots,
King's Own Scottish Borderers, Argylle and Sutherland
Highlanders and The Highlanders.
Some of those bands and also the Fiji Military Forces
Band and Meke Dancers also performed last year and the
Invercargill band had got to know them well in the month
they were in Scotland, Mr Pickett said.
"We're really looking forward to renewing friendships."
Other New Zealand acts confirmed for the Edinburgh Tattoo
in Wellington are the military bands from the New Zealand
Air Force, Navy and Army, a defence forces guard of honour,
the Wellington-based Lochiel marching team, 200 highland
dancers from throughout the country and winners from last
year's Aotearoa Traditional Maori Performing Arts Festival
_ Waiherere Maori Cultural Club, Ngati Rangiwewehi and
Three tattoo performances scheduled for March 10-12 in
Wellington's new WestpacTrust Stadium sold out within
a day of going on sale.
There were reports that an extra show might be added and
the band had been asked to be available on Monday March
13 should it go ahead.
The tattoo coincides with the New Zealand pipe band championships
being held in Masterton, where the band will be striving
for a fourth consecutive grade two win.
That meant double the number of tunes to be learned, extra
travel between the band's Upper Hutt accommodation, contest
in Masterton and tattoo in Wellington, not to mention
late nights and early rises, Mr Pickett said.
"It's just going to take good planning."
The tattoo music has not yet been issued but the competition
arrangements are well under way, with the first contest
of the season in mid-November.
Many Southlanders have booked trips to the tattoo, including
one group on a chartered jet.
Mr Pickett said he looking forward to the strong southern
support and hoped some would include a detour to Masterton
to "wave the flag for us" at the championships.