Australian Defence Force personnel commence rehearsals for world-class event
5 February 2016
The Australian Defence Force (ADF) is proud to be showcasing at this year's Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, the Combined Military Bands of the ADF, Australia's Federation Guard and, for the first time, the Pipes and Drums of the ADF.
The 2016 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo will present five performances during the period 12 to 14 February, at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne.
On Thursday, 4 February 2016, at the Defence Force School of Music, Simpson Barracks in Victoria, the Combined Military Bands of the ADF and the Pipes and Drums of the ADF commenced their rehearsals for the upcoming performances.
The members will be rehearsing every day until the event commences.
There are approximately 250 ADF personnel who will participate in the event which runs over three days. There are 95 personnel from the Combined Military Bands and another 40 personnel that make up the Pipes and Drums ensemble.
Royal Australian Air Force Band member, Sergeant Stuart McGregor, said the rehearsals with his colleagues in the Royal Australian Navy Band and the Army Band as a Combined Military Band was very important.
"I am used to doing Air Force drills, and there are subtle differences for all of us between the marches of the Air Force, the Navy and the Army," he said.
The Pipes and Drums of the ADF comprises members from across the three Services and was formed especially for the event in a joint venture between the ADF and the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. For these members, the rehearsal held on Thursday was the first opportunity they had to play together.
Leading Aircraftwoman Nicole Koenig from the Pipes and Drums, said she was looking forward to the event and being part of the world-wide spectacular, which will feature a full size replica of the Edinburgh castle.
"As soon as you cross the drawbridge out onto the stadium floor, it will be absolutely amazing," said LACW Koenig.
The Australian Defence Force is honoured to once again participate in the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo as Australia continues its commemorations for the Centenary of Anzac.