Following the success of the inaugural Quirindi Military Tattoo held in 2017, the sounds of pipes and drums and the colour and entertainment of marching bands will return to Longfield Oval on Saturday February 3.
“A lot of people contacted Council after last year’s event saying how much they enjoyed the entertainment and asking if it could become an annual event. We are very pleased to say it is back in 2018 and it will be even bigger and better this year,” said Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Community Events Coordinator Angus Fraser.
“There will be free entry and the event is open to all ages. There will be market stalls at Longfield Oval from 2pm ahead of the Military Tattoo which will commence at 7pm, so it provides the opportunity for a great family fun day,” he continued.
Angus said the bands performing will include the Governor Macquarie Memorial Pipe Band and the Australian Air League Riverwood Hornets, the RSL Corps of Guards will be marching plus there will be a group of Scottish dancers and a folk band.
“The Governor Macquarie Memorial Pipe Band played with Paul McCartney at his Sydney concert in 2017. The Riverwood Hornets are a squadron within the Australian Air League, an organisation for boys age 8 to 18. The band has had many successes over recent years and has been undefeated as ‘The Best Band’ within the Australian Air League since 1986. Outside of the AAL the band has won numerous titles including holding the title of world number 3 in the Drum & Bugle category. The RSL Corps of Guards are a prestigous group of volunteers, who provide support with commemorative events at the ANZAC Memorial in Sydney and in upholding the ANZAC Spirit,” Angus said.
“A tattoo is based on a military performance of music. The term comes from the early 17th century Dutch phrase doe den tap toe (turn off the tap), a signal sounded by drummers or trumpeters to instruct innkeepers near military garrisons to stop serving beer and for soldiers to return to their barracks!” he said.
The Quirindi Military Tattoo is a joint initiative of the Quirindi RSL Sub Branch and LPSC,” he continued.
“We look forward to the community coming along to enjoy a great musical and cultural event,” Angus concluded.