© Durban Regiment Pipe Band 2014
The SANDF outdid themselves this year, staging a spectacular KZN Military Tattoo of exceptional standard. Durban Regiment Pipe Band was amongst the bands on parade, joining 8 other bands bussed in from all corners of the country. The theme of the 2014 tattoo was “ 20 Years of Democracy””, and tribute was also paid to South Africa’s national hero, Madiba. Crowds were treated to evening shows held in a purpose built arena at Natal Mounted Rifles parade ground, between 9 and 12 July 2014.
Trumpeters on the castle ramparts opened the tattoo with a fanfare, accompanied by the massed military bands. This was followed by a stirring rendition of “Danny Boy”, played by the massed pipes and drums, and military bands. With the tattoo officially open, the castle doors revealed a wide range of exciting features. Displays were given by the SA Army Bands from Polokwane, Durban and Kroonstad. A colourful flag ceremony also traced the origin of the SANDF, accompanied by a display of Durban Regiment’s troops with armoured vehicles. Durban Regiments Ken Mustard was the official Pipe Major of the tattoo, and the massed pipes and drums did not disappoint, playing a selection including “Amazing Grace, the Glasgow City Police Pipers, Rainbow Country, Rose Amongst the Heather and Itchy Fingers”. This was followed by a community item incorporating the South African Air Force Choir, 19th Field Engineers, DGHS Drum majorettes, Durban Regiment troops, the SAMHS band, and the bomb disposal unit. Other displays included the SAMHS band, the Navy Precision Drill Team (Durban), and the DGHS Drum Majorettes. The finale of the tattoo featured the ever popular theme tune to “Star Wars” , played by the massed military bands, and accompanied by the guns of the Natal Field Artillery. The tattoo would not have been complete without an awe inspiring fireworks display. Remember to keep an eye open for the next tattoo during July 2015. Tickets will be sold at computicket. You can also check for updates on the organisers website (www.kznmilitarytattoo.org.za).
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