12 September 2014
Cadets from 1st Battalion the Highlanders ACF recently took part in the regions newest event, the Highland Military Tattoo.
Sixteen cadets and adults from the Battalions pipes and drums took part in the three day event held at Fort George at Ardersier near Inverness. The cadets were playing along with pipers and drummers from The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (3 Scots), the cadets parent battalion The Highlanders, 4th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (4 Scots), 2622 (Highland) Squadron Royal Auxiliary Air Force, RAF Lossiemouth Pipe Band, Forres and District Pipe Band, The City of Inverness Youth Pipe Band and Gordonstoun School Pipe Band. They also played with the Massed Band of the Royal Regiment of Scotland and members of The Hellcats from the Westpoint Military Academy in the USA.
The cadets also had most of the major positions within the Massed Pipe band; Adult Drum Major Cameron MacIver was playing as lead drummer, Cpl Aaron Robb was the lead bass drummer; and Cadet Drum Major Saul Bruce was one of the three Drum Majors - the other two being from the 3 and 4 Scots. Along with 2622 Sqn the Highlander cadets were part of the centre bands, which determines the dressing for the massed bands.
Each night was a sell-out crowd of two thousand. The last performance on Sunday was extra special for Cpl Archie Drennan (Inverness Company) who turned 16 and before the show started the whole audience sung him Happy Birthday.
The Highland Military Tattoo replaces the Inverness Tattoo which was disbanded 2011 due to difficulties of getting regular units to take part due to operational duties. The Tattoo is part of Scotland's year of Homecoming and it is scheduled to be held annually until 2016 with the possibility of it being made into a permanent fixture into the Highland Calendar if it is still successful as it was this year.