The Naden Band – coming to Vernon!


Check out this great video by the Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy and get a sneak peak at what’s in store for you this year at the Okanagan Military Tattoo. You’ll be amazed at how much is happening this year, including performances by Sadoc Ukranian dancers, the Celtic Lasses, multiple pipe bands, the RCMP Ceremonial Troop, and much, much more!

Remember to get your tickets early. Follow the “Purchase Tickets” button at the top of this page for ease of online purchase and get ready for a FULL afternoon or evening of entertainment.

Mayor Akbal Mund shows support

Each year it takes many performers, volunteers, community members, and sponsors to pull together such a colossal performance as the annual Okanagan Military Tattoo.
Recently, we were pleased to have Mayor Akbal Mund show his support by attending one of our weekly committee meetings and adding a few words of wisdom.

Major Judy Peter shares Monday morning with us

This past Monday, the Okanagan Military Tattoo Committee was pleased to honour Major Judy Peter who for three years was the Commanding Officer of the Vernon Cadet Training Centre.

Under her leadership, the participation of the cadets grew each year until in 2016, there were over 120 cadets taking part in the Tribute to the Veterans and playing with the Artillery bands led by Captain Jim Tempest.

Full credit goes to Maj. Peter! As she moves on, we will miss her and the many ways she has contributed to the OMT and to the greater community.
Also at the coffee party was Captain Keri Winkelaar (taking over for Maj. Peter). Welcome Keri! We look forward to collaborating with you in the run up to OMT 2017.

Military Band signs on!!

Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Brayden Wise

The Okanagan Military Tattoo has just received confirmation that the NADEN Navy Band will be performing at the 2017 Tattoo.  This is one of the oldest military bands in Canada and is stationed on our west coast at Esquimalt.

Here is a link to the band’s web site.

On the web site, check out the Band Personnel and then click on Band Chief.  You will find the story of CPO Brayden Wise who started his music career here in Vernon.

We are very much looking forward to seeing and hearing Brayden and the NADEN Navy Band in action!

Tickets to the Okanagan Military Tattoo 2017 are on sale now at the Ticket Seller located at the

Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre
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Show dates:
Saturday, July 29, 2017 – 7:00
Sunday, July 30, 2017 – 2:00

Anniversaries galore!

Canada 150; Vernon 125; Battle of Vimy 100, Vernon Air Cadets Red Lion Squadron 75 and the Okanagan Military Tattoo Big Number 4!!!  Lots of anniversaries and lots to celebrate.  As our program develops for the Tattoo 2017, we will pay homage to all of the above.  Now, drum roll please–The Okanagan Military Tattoo was nominated in the tourism category of the Vernon Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence awards.  It was announced at a C of C luncheon last week that we have made it to the final three and the winner will be announced March 10.

Youth to be featured

Norman D. Crerar, OMT Producer/Director (front right) recently caught up with Mike Jewett, Music Program Director (front left) and the Calgary Round-Up Band while in Calgary.

1967 was Canada’s 100 anniversary of confederation.  Here we are, fifty years later, and another milestone to celebrate.  Canada 100 had huge celebrations across our country and youth were very much at the forefront.  The celebrations for Canada 150 will be much the same and the Tattoo will do it’s part.  The 150 members of the Calgary Round-Up Band will be joined by approximately 200 cadets from the Vernon Army Cadet Summer Training Camp, Irish Dancers, Highland Dancers, a youth fiddle group and more.  It will be fun to witness the mix and match of youth performing groups with our adult performing groups.  We expect to have a record number of performers this year, somewhere in the 600 range!!

Robbie Burns Birthday – Pipe Bands will be busy

January 25, 1759 was Robbie Burns birthday.  He died at the age of 37 July 21, 1796.  Robbie Burns was prolific with his writing and especially his poetry.  He has been names Scotland’s Poet.  Pipe Bands all over the world will be in big demand for Robbie Burns dinners this week-end, piping in the Haggis and playing Robbie Burns tunes and ending the evening with Auld Lang Syne.  This will be a good warm-up for the Okanagan Military Tattoo 2017 as some 100 Pipes and Drums will be performing in our event and we will be playing a Robbie Burns tune!!

Six months to go!!

Just six months until our Okanagan Military Tattoo 2017.  Planning for our event has been in the works since the 2016 Tattoo ended but the Tattoo Organizing Committee is now in full swing.  Performers and performing groups for 2017 have started to confirm their attendance and more have promised to confirm in the next short while.  We will start to list the 2017 performers on our Tattoo web site; within the next few weeks.  Stay tuned, lots to come!!!

Tattoo 2017 and Youth

Canada’s centennial celebration in 1967 had a huge emphasis on youth.  The same attitude is being promoted for our  susquecentennial (150 years) this year, 2017.  We have had confirmation that the Calgary Round-up Band will be performing in our Okanagan Military Tattoo 2017 July 29 and 30.  This 100 + member performing group of junior high students is rated as Canada’s premier marching and performing arts ensemble.  We are certain the Calgary Round-Up Band will fill Kal Tire Place and be an inspiration to all of us!! Find them on Facebook and follow their exploits as they get ready for the Calgary Stampede then the Okanagan Military Tattoo.

2017 and lots to celebrate!

2017, Canada’s 150th Birthday.  Lots to celebrate!  This is also WW l Vimy Ridge 100 anniversary and we will be speaking more about this in the near future.  As Canada’s 100 anniversary had a huge emphasis on youth so will we at our 2017 Tattoo.  The  Calgary Stetson Show Band will be performing, all 150 Jr High band members!!  As well, the E Div RCMP Pipe Band will be here and will be joined by pipe bands from Kelowna, Vernon Shuswap and Kamloops and others. More to come!!