Australian flavour for Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Published on SGT Dave Morley (author), LCPL Sebastian Beurich (author), ABIS Tom Gibson (photographer)

Topic(s): Royal Australian Navy Band

The combined military bands of the ADF will perform music crafted for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo by Leading Seaman Musician Martyn Hancock, in addition to some of Australia’s most iconic melodies. 
 (photo: ABIS Tom Gibson)
The combined military bands of the ADF will perform music crafted for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo by Leading Seaman Musician Martyn Hancock, in addition to some of Australia’s most iconic melodies.

More than 250 members of Australia’s Defence Forces are in Melbourne preparing for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, due to be held later this week.

The Combined Military Band comprises 95 members, the Pipes and Drums of the ADF has 40 members and the contingent from Australia’s Federation Guard numbers 116.

In all, 1200 musicians and performers will take part in the event from 12-14 February.

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo toured Australia in 2005 and 2010 with performances held in Sydney and supported by the ADF.

Performers from UK, Scotland, New Zealand, Cook Island, Tonga, Norway and Switzerland are also taking part in this year's event.

Music Director for the Combined Military Band, Lieutenant Commander Steven Stanke, said one of the most pleasing aspects of planning for the event was the consideration of music to represent the spirit of Australia.

“I’ve kept the musical choices distinctly Australian and I’m am confident it will come together,” he said.

"I’m very much looking forward to adding an Australian flavour to this tattoo and meeting our fellow musicians from around the world.”