For this year's special 30th Birmingham International Tattoo we have secured some fantastic bands from Poland, Austria, Russia and across the United Kingdom.
The Combined Bands of the British Army Reserve
There are currently 20 Reserve Military Bands located across the UK and Gibraltar. Bands from across the UK and representing different regiments will combine to represent the British Army Reserve at the Tattoo. Taking part are members of the Band of the Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment, The Band of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, the Band of the Mercian Regiment, the Army Medical Services Band, The Band of the Royal Yeomanry, the Nottinghamshire Band of the Royal Engineers and the Band of the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment.
The Band of the Polish Border Guard
The history of the band goes back to 1956 and is closely connected with the history of the Carpathian Brigade of the Border Guard. The band has enjoyed great success and acclaim performing on many international festivals and in concerts of military orchestras in Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Slovakia, Italy, Hungary, Russia, Belarus, the Vatican, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Holland, Great Britain and the U.S.A.
The Band of the Tirol Police from Austria
Joining us from Austria this year is the Polizeimusik Tirol band which is responsible for the musical support for the Federal State of Tirol and consists of about 60 police officers who serve on the various police departments. They perform at a wide range of cermonial functions and have represented Tirol across Austria and other countries.
The Moscow Military Academy Cadets Band
The Moscow Cadet Music Corps is the only school in Moscow and in the Russian Federation which combines general, military-patriotic and musical education. The band is much in demand and performs across the Russian Federation and abroad as far afield as China, Japan, Spain and France. They also take part at the International Military Music Festival "Spasskaya Tower" in Moscow which is held near the Kremlin each year.
The Massed Pipes and Drums
All of the pipe bands taking part actively promote Scottish Highland music through public performances across the United Kingdom and further afield. Combining for this year's performance will be members from the following bands: The Southern Highlanders Pipes & Drums; The Seaforth Highlanders Pipes & Drums; and Cambridgeshire Caledonian Pipe Band
The National Marching Band of the RAF Air Cadets
The Royal Air Force Air Cadets provides opportunities to young adults from 14 to 19 years of age from across the United Kingdom. The National Band of the RAF Air Cadets is considered to be a key ambassador for the organisation and represents the very best of youth in the UK. Performances have been given at 10 Downing Street, Lincoln Cathedral, Twickenham Stadium, Whitehall, and the International Air Tattoo to name a few.
The National Youth Marching Band
The National Youth Marching Band includes members drawn from many individual youth marching bands. All the bands adopt the style of the British Military. Some of the member bands are also active members of the Scout & Guide Association, The Boys and Girls Brigade and the Church Lads and Church Girls Brigade.
The Comets Performance Ensemble
The Comets Performance Ensemble are based in Coseley in the West Midlands and their roots are in The Boys Brigade, having started life as the Bradley Boys and Girls Brigade Band. The band help keep the audience entertained before the main Tattoo starts so look out for them as you arrive at the Arena.