Every Year Different, Every Year Awesome!
This year’s Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo runs from July 1-8 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The largest indoor show in the world features over 2000 military and civilian performers from across the planet.
Estonia – Club Piruett
Founded in 1990, Club Piruett are world-renowned champions. Comprised of gymnasts ranging in age from 13 to 25, this group performs esthetic gymnastics with ribbons, balls and hoops combining dance and ballet with gymnastics.
France – The Gymnastics Display Team of the Paris Police
Formed in 1945, the Paris Police Gymnastics Team is one of four ceremonial units in the Police Prefecture. It puts on displays in France and abroad, playing an ambassadorial role. Based out of the National Police College in Paris, the team selects members by their physical abilities and their aptitude for teamwork. The members of the team are fully operational Police Officers.
Germany – Heeresmusikkorps 1 and The Flying Grandpas
From Hannover, Heeresmusikkorps 1 is one of the foremost military bands in Germany. Established in 1956, they have received recognition in their native country and around the world performing in parades, military shows, concerts and ceremonial engagements. The Flying Grandpas of the Hamburg Police Force are back by popular demand and they don’t look or act a year older. For over 45 years, their tremendous athletic ability and comedic antics have gained them notoriety worldwide. True to their name, they are all active Police Officers.
Switzerland – Swiss Army Central Band, Swiss Army Drum Display, Mels and D’Holmikers
The Swiss Army Central Band is an elite orchestra; all members of the band are highly qualified musicians performing mandatory military service. The Band performs regularly at music festivals and Tattoos abroad. The Swiss Army Band serves as a cultural ambassador as it promotes Switzerland. The Swiss Army Drum Display is a specialized unit from the band. Mels and D’Holmikers are two of Europe’s leading comedy gymnastics teams. These gymnasts from Mels, Switzerland will combine risky acrobatics with surprising special effects to create a performance that will keep the audience entertained and laughing.
United Kingdom – Queen’s Colour Squadron of the Royal Air Force
Currently based at RAF Northold, the Queen’s Colour Squadron, 63 Royal Air Force Regiment, has two important roles. The Squadron maintains an operational role as Field Squadron throughout the year. However, as custodian of the Queen’s Colour for the Royal Air Force in the United Kingdom, the Squadron has the honour of providing Escort Squadron whenever the Colour is paraded.
United States – Band of America’s Few
The Band of America’s Few is made up of honorably discharged and retired U.S Marine Corps musicians. The members of the band hail from all over the U.S. and only perform together a few times per year. Their first ever performance was at the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo in 2010, where they were the only representatives from the U.S. in attendance.
Stadacona Band of Maritime Forces Atlantic
National Band of the Naval Reserve
Land Force Atlantic Area Band
The Band of the Ceremonial Guard
Massed Canadian Forces and RCMP Pipes & Drums
Royal Canadian Mounted Police National Ceremonial Troop
Tri-Service Obstacle Race
The Naval Gun Race
La Baie en Joie
Baroque N’ Fiddle String Quartet
Tattoo Highland Dancers
Titans Gymnastics Team
Tattoo Children’s Chorus
Halifax’s Geordie Brown –vocal soloist
Truro’s Brenna Conrad –vocal soloist
Fredericton’s Kathleen Gorey-McSorley – fiddler
Fredericton’s Carolyn Holyoke –pianist