The Tattoo is synonymous with military music and this year, the Army will be providing the world class musicians from The Band of The Royal Regiment of Scotland, along with Pipes and Drums of the 1st, 2nd and 4th Battalions of The Royal Regiment of Scotland (1, 2 and 4 SCOTS), The Royal Dragoon Guards, The Queen’s Royal Hussars and the Scots Guards to the show, which, this year, sees a celebration of 100 years of the Royal Air Force.
The Pipers and Drummers are soldiers first and foremost and have been deployed on exercises, operations and training missions all over the UK and further afield, with 4 SCOTS having just finished support to the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, dealing with wildfires on Saddleworth Moor, 2 SCOTS home after serving on Operations in Iraq, Cyprus and South Sudan and 1 SCOTS providing Short Term Training Teams to Malawi and soldiers to train in Specialised Infantry skills in Belize.
The full-time musicians of The Band of the Royal Regiment of Scotland (SCOTS Band) have just finished a Scotland-wide tour, in support of Poppy Scotland entitled ‘Walking with Heroes’, before launching into a hectic ceremonial season with Royal Gun Salutes, Her Majesty The Queen’s week of Scottish Engagements known as Holyrood Week and a three-week deployment on public duties at Buckingham Palace with 5 SCOTS.
Along with their as their packed work life, the soldiers are currently rehearsing their pieces of music to perfect them for the 225,000 people who will see them live on the Edinburgh Castle Esplanade from 3rd – 25th August and the hundreds of millions around the globe who will see them on digital media and television. They will get together with over 1000 other cast members, including other military and civilian bands and pipers and drummers from all over the world, four days before the start of the run to fit them all together into the legendary show everyone loves.