14 January 2013
The Army Cadet Force Pipes and Drums enjoyed a multitude of high profile engagements throughout the UK during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year and none more important than the Beating of Retreat at Balmoral Castle for Her Majesty The Queen last August. However, on the 31st October 2012 a party of 28 cadets and adult volunteers flew to Germany to participate in the Berlin Tattoo.
The Tattoo, held in the O2 World Arena East Berlin, saw a total of 21 different bands, drill teams; highland dancers; solo artists and choirs from around the world perform. The Pipes and Drums took part as 1 of 9 Pipe Bands which made up the Massed Pipes and Drums and were placed as the centre band throughout. Several rehearsals took place in O2 World prior to the public performances on November 2 and the following two days to audiences of 9000 enthusiastic spectators. During their stay the cadets also enjoyed a cultural sightseeing trip of Berlin.
It was an extremely successful trip for the Pipes and Drums, resulting in invitations from Tattoo organisers in Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, the USA and Canada to participate in their events in 2013.
These events offer fantastic opportunity whilst also enhancing the profile of the ACF within the international arena and without question the Pipes and Drums have proven that they can perform to the very highest standards at this level.