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.
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: https://youtu.be/icw3ExOH06I 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.
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.
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 www.okanagantattoo.ca or call the Ticket Seller at 250-549-7469. Only a week to go!!!!
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 www.okanagantattoo.ca or Ticket Seller 250-549-7469
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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The massed pipe bands at the 2019 Tattoo is made up of pipers and drummers from at least seven pipe bands. We have members from: Kelowna Pipe Band; Kalamalka Highlanders Pipe Band, Vernon; Shuswap Pipes and Drums (Armstrong, Salmon Arm, Revelstoke); Kamloops Pipe Band, Prince George Pipe Band; Delta Police Pipe Band. The members from these bands will march and play together as one big pipe band with OMT Pipe Major Scot Kortegaard calling the beat and setting the pace. The OMT massed pipe band will march in and out with traditional pipe band marching music but will also form up and play for the 32 OMT Dancers. While the massed pipe band is smaller than we usually have for our Tattoo, there are a large number of brass and reed musicians with the UK Brentwood Imperial Youth Band, The Calgary Round-up Band and the Vernon Army Cadet Band. We will even have a couple of tunes where the brass and reeds and the pipes and drums play together which is not always easy but is always dramatic!
Things are starting to speed up. With one month to go the final touches are being added to our program and the production crew is busy laying out the stage, the movement of performers, writing the script and readying the set to be put together. The light and sound folks are laying out their plans and cues as July 24 is load-in day and 12 hours have been alloted for this hectic activity. Immediately all this activity is done, rehearsals start. More than 600 performers and volunteers have to find their spots, learn there timing and routes, hit thier marks and be ready for the Full Dress Rehearsal Sat afternoon.
The line-up of performers this year is extraordinary and will be detailed in a BLOG coming shortly. They all arrive being able to play with their band-mates but the fun begins when they start to play with other musicians, march, keep the files straight and enter and exit in the right places. This year we are fortunate to have a large number of extremely talented youth, The Brentwood Imperial Youth Band from the UK, The Calgary Round-Up Band from Calgary and the music and drill teams from the Vernon Army Cadet Training Center.
Get yiur tickets now, on-line at www.okanagantattoo.ca or by calling the Ticket Seller at 250-549-7469.