Calling all pipe bands and pipers and drummers!

Pipes and Drums play a big part in Military Tattoo events. In the case of most big Tattoo events, such as the Royal Edinburgh Tattoo, the pipe bands form up as the massed Pipes and Drums. There are rarely individual pipe bands performing. In the case of our Okangan Military Tattoo, pipe bands taking part do also form the Massed Pipe Bands of the Okangan Military Tattoo and Scot Kortegaard is the OMT Pipe Major. Also invited are individual pipers and drummers not affiliated with a pipe band or whose pipe band may not be able to attend. In exceptional cases, invited pipe bands may perform a stand-alone bit that would add to the overall program.

Event managers required!

As I have stated in the past, our Tattoo Organizng Committee numbers about 12. It is not that we are getting old or tired but for the health of our committee and the Okanagan Military Tattoo, we want to find our replacements. We feel that there will have to be a two to three year hand-over period of time for the new recruits to “learn the ropes”. Here are some of the exciting areas of responsibility: Producer – find all the performing parts; Director – put the program together; Financial – find the money and control spending; Accommodation – find rooms and beds for some 200 out-of-town performers; Food and Beverage – care and feeding for up to 700 performers and volunteers; Facility – everything to make sure the venue is up and running; Volunteers – find and care for up to 150 volunteers; Front end – as in any theatre operation, first contact with the audience; Tattoo expo – the show within a show on the concourse of the venue; Marketing/sales/promotion – speaks for itself; Secretary – record meetings and keep governance calendar up-to-date.

If you would like to have a chat about any of these positions, please contact me: [email protected]

Tattoo 2020!

the Okanagan Military Tattoo 2019 is history. It was the best show we have produced and delivered to date but now we are on to 2020. In fact, our organizing committee has been meeting regularly since the 2019 Tattoo ended. For the past sx months we have been meeting every second Monday, are now taking a two week break over the Xmas and New Year period then it is back to work and a meeting every Monday morning for the next seven months.

We are well on our way, though, with interest from a large number of very exciting performing groups and early committments from several. We will share these with you as we move into the new year. There is one very good piece of news we can share right now and that is the Okanagan Military Tattoo Society applied for and just received notice that we have received our charitable status from the Canadian Revenue Agency. We can now issue tax receipts to private doners. So, my friends, neighbors and supporters of our Tattoo, you can now take a bit of ownership of our event, help us put on a great show and help us with our efforts to support all the local performers and performing groups.

All for now!

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OMT 2019 SHAW Spotlight video now on-line!

Folks, if you missed the OMT 2019 you missed a great show. Happily, SHAW Spotlight made a video of the entire production and it has just been posted on You Tube. Here is the link: You will have to copy and paste in your browser. Enjoy and pass on the link. The dates for the OMT 2020 are 26 and 27 July.

Post Tattoo 2019 video!

Hi folks…just a quick alert that SHAW Spotlight videod the 2019 Tattoo in HD and will be playing it on thier entire BC network Fri/Sat/Sun/Mon 2,3,4,5 Aug. Check you local listings. If you are not on the SHAW network, the video will be posted on You Tube in the near future and we will pass on the link.

Thanks for making this the best show ever!

Taste of the Tattoo!

Starting early next week, the week leading up to the Tattoo, Taste of the Tattoo events will be taking place in and around our valley. A Taste is just what you would expect, a nibble of a piece of music by one of the many bands coming to Vernon and the Okanagan Military Tattoo. Monday will find the Kalamalka Highlanders Pipe Band practicing in Lakeview Park, Vernon, 6:30 to 8:00 PM. Wednesday the newly crowned World Champion Calgary Round-Up Band will visit the Kelowna Farmers Market at around 10:00. That same day, the Brentwood Imperial Youth Band will be meeting and working out with the Vernon Army Camp Cadet Band in front of the Cadet museum 2:30-5:30. Thursday morning the Brentwood Imperial Youth Band will make a brief appearance at the Vernon Farmer’s Market between 9:30 and 10:00. Thursday evening from 5:30-6:00, the British Columbia Regimental Band from Vancouver will start the ball rolling at the Civic Sounds in Downtown Vernon. There may even be appearances by a few pipers and drummers and perhaps some parts of a special drumline! Want a free peek at the Tattoo? Find one or more of these events and have a good look. Buy your event tickets on-line at or call the Ticket Seller at 250-549-7469. Only a week to go!!!!

Drumlines Galore!

When we started putting the OMT 2019 programme together, we were looking for a drumline to fit into our program. We found not only one, but three! World Champions, Royalty and local champs to boot. Coming to the 2019 Tattoo: … Brentwood Imperial Youth Band, performed in Red Square at the Moscow Tattoo 2018; Calgary Round-Up Band, newly crowned World Junior Marching Band Champions; A L Fortune High School, Enderby BC, newly crowned BC High School Champions!

This is gearing up to be a great show. Get your tickets today, on line at or Ticket Seller 250-549-7469

Any Irish out there?

If you are Irish, look Irish, think Irish, have a sip of Murphy’s Irish Stout or Guinness from time to time, you qualify! Start practicing as when you attend the Okanagan Military Tattoo 2019 you will be expected to stand when the march of the Royal Irish Regiment, Killaloe (prounounced Kill-a-loo if you are from the north or Kill-a-low if you are from the south), is played, clap in time to the music and be prepared to yell, “yea”, on the signal of the conductor. It will be a roof raiser as there will be 50 pipes and drums plus 125 brass and reeds playing. Here it is in action. Practice because you will be a performer in our OMT 2019!

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They are coming to the Tattoo 2019 to show their stuff. Get you tickets now, come out and cheer them on!