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More than 600 pipers, drummers, dancers, marching troops and performers of all ages come together on the Vernon stage next month for the 2017 Okanagan Military Tattoo.
Coming to Kal Tire Place July 29 and 30, this annual action-packed, choreographed spectacle demonstrates a tradition whose roots with the British army reach back 300 years.
Here at home the Okanagan Military Tattoo has grown to become one of the Vernon’s must-attend events. Here’s why:
Reason 1. See celebrated musicians – Enjoy stellar entertainment from celebrated performers, including the award-winning Calgary Round-Up Band, one of Canada’s oldest junior high school marching bands and performing arts ensembles, the RCMP Ceremonial Troop and RCMP “E” Division Pipe Band, and the internationally renowned Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy.
Reason 2. Salute local favourites – Vernon is home to an expansive Department of National Defence facility, which has trained tens of thousands of members of the armed forces and army cadets over the past century. Today, many Canadian veterans have retired in the sunny Okanagan and are keen to keep military traditions alive. Take in the local talents of the Vernon Cadet Training Centre Military Band and Air Cadet Drill Team, Vernon Community Band, Okanagan Military Tattoo Pipes and Drums and more.
Reason 3. Unite cultures and generations – From the Celtic Lasses fiddle group and Blakey Irish Dancers, Celtic traditions are alive and well – and showcased with pomp and precision suited to such a prestigious event. Reflecting the diversity of Canadian culture, the amazing Sadoc Ukrainian Dancers and Bhangra Dancers add their talents to the showcase.
Reason 4. Enjoy a festive representation of patriotism – Join the Okanagan Military Tattoo in paying tribute to Canada’s military past and present, all the more special this year: the 100th anniversary of Vimy Ridge, the 125th anniversary of Vernon and 150th anniversary of Canada.
Get involved and don’t miss the show
Avoid disappointment and get tickets early to this hugely popular event – choose from a Saturday evening show or Sunday matinee. Learn more at okanaganmilitarytattoo.ca or facebook.com/OkanaganMilitaryTattoo
The Okanagan Military Tattoo musical extravaganza is possible thanks to the many sponsors and volunteers who lend their time and talents to bring this exciting event together. More hands are always needed – to volunteer, visit okanaganmilitarytattoo.ca/volunteers.