2020 OKANAGAN MILITARY TATTOO - July 25 and July 26
A message from the President of the Okanagan Military Tattoo Society.
We have all
heard the saying “The show must go on!” We are doing everything we can and are
working hard on making this year’s show the best one yet and will continue to
do so. However, our top priority is the health and safety of our patrons, artists,
volunteers and staff.
We will closely
monitor the evolving COVID-19 situation and will follow the advice and
direction of the British Columbia Government and the Government of Canada.
I do hope to
say that the show will go on and welcome you all to the 7th annual
Okanagan Military Tattoo July 25 and 26.
The Okanagan Military Tattoo is a heart stirring musical
extravaganza featuring pipers, drummers, musicians, military bands, marching
troops, multicultural dancers, First Nations, and singers of all ages.
Each year we bring it all together in an action packed,
non-stop choreographed two-hour event that features over 500 local, national
and international performers, paying tribute to our military past and present.
Each year’s Tattoo is different, with new performers, sights and sounds, a
feast for the ears, hearts and soul.
Tattoo photo credit: Tony Alter VAB Tattoo Festival – 2016
There is a bit of confusion about what is a Military Tattoo. Of
course, any physical tattoo with a military theme would be called a military tattoo.
But an actual Military Tattoo
performance is a demonstration of military drumming, piping and skills. It’s called
a ‘tattoo’ because when the British Army was fighting in Belgium 300 years ago,
soldiers were called in from the pubs each night for curfew, or Doe den tap
toe, Dutch for ‘Turn off the tap’.
The expression evolved—to tap-too
and then tattoo: an exhilarating showcase of military bands, choirs and skills
as well as the sounds and dances of today’s finest performers from around the
Okanagan Military Tattoo - Where you can see hundreds of dancers, drummers, musicians, and singers of all ages and heritages on a single stage!