Haileybury Military Tattoo, Hertfordshire

22nd June 2008

The second tattoo of the weekend was the largest and certainly most prestigious with an audience of over 2000. The Haileybury tattoo is in aid of The Army Benevolent Fund which is a charity that provides support to serving soldiers, former soldiers and their families in times of need.

The band left Tonbridge at lunchtime, still excited from the previous evenings tattoo. The event was set in the beautiful surroundings of Haileybury School in Hertfordshire and the sun was shining which made it even better. The 17th were performing as a massed band with Brentwood, Harpenden Pipe band and The Minden Band of the Queens Division.

Once the band arrived at the venue it was straight to work with a rehearsal of their show. The massed bands worked out how they were going to get on and off the arena and then practiced the music for the Tattoo, under the baton of the Musical Director of the Minden Band, Captain Simon Haw. Once he was happy it was off to get some dinner at the schools very impressive canteen. The band had some free time to visit some of the attractions which included a funfair, craft fair and side shows.

The band were changing in the schools new facilities and after an inspection and tune up it was show time. At 7.30pmprompt, the Brentwood fanfare team opened the tattoo and performed their marching display. Once again, they gave a thoroughly professional performance which was matched with crowd appreciation. It was now time for the 17th. They gave a very different style of performance with more pattern marching which the audience greatly received, once again applauding the marching at Light Infantry pace.

The Harpenden Pipe Band and The Minden Band of the Queens Division then gave their own displays before the massed band finale. The 17th marched on with Brentwood playing Mechanised Infantry as a massed band. Once the massed bands were in position the Musical Director of The Minden Band took control of the rest of the show. The massed bands played, Highland Cathedral, Second Fanfare, Evening Hymn, Sunset and the National Anthem. The salute was taken by the Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire, The Countess of Verulam and after the musical performance she gave the permission for the bands to leave the arena. The 17th then marched off to the bugle classic, Swing March.

John Wyndham, Band Director of Brentwood said, “I would like to congratulate you all for the way you entered into the weekend. Your dedication, commitment, professionalism and music ability are second to none. For the older members of our band it brought back many happy memories of when we were a bugle band. You all showed this weekend why you are The Traditional Youth Marching Bands Association National Class CHAMPIONS - my band and I would not dispute this fact. All weekend I have had many complimentary comments about you from members of the public, military and event organisers. Thank you - it would be a pleasure to work with you again.”

To take part in the weekend events was a privilege and to be invited to with play Brentwood and the Guards band was an honour. It was one of the most prestigious events the band has ever taken part in and our thanks go to John and theBrentwood band for their encouragement and assistance. The 17th came away with some special memories and would love the opportunity to work with Brentwood in the future.


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