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Australian Army Band a Major Feature at Basel Tattoo 2017

June 14, 2017 Destination Europe No Comments Email Email

The hotly anticipated 11th annual Basel Tattoo<>  taking place from 19 – 29 July in the city of Basel, Switzerland, will this year see the rare overseas appearance and participation of the Australian Army Band. This will be the band’s third participation in the military music event.

Conductor and commander of the Australian Army Band, Craig Johnson, have brought together 60 musicians from 11 military bands based all over Australia via a careful selection process.

Promising a spectacle that will give visitors goose-bumps, Craig says this year’s performance will be “traditional and yet unexpected” which will include cultic Australian sounds and breathtaking voices.

The Australian Army Band will be dressed in their classic Khaki uniform with their trademark “Slouch Hat” and the badge of the rising sun, which is the symbol of the Australian army. In the band, the history of Australia and the
relationship with the Aboriginal people will play an important role with the didgeridoo as an integral part of the formation.

The timpanists will also be wear kangaroo skin that will illustrate “the history of our country in pictures,” Craig reports. He also notes that all elements supplied by the indigenous people have all been “blessed” during special ceremonies.

The second largest Tattoo event in the world following the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, the Basel Tattoo is presented at the historical barracks in the heart of the city. This year’s event will see more than 1,000 participants from around the world. Each team will have about two hours to impress the audience with their stunning choreographies, dancing, drama and other musical highlights.

Also participating from Australia is OzScot Dancers; and from New Zealand, the Lochiel Marching Drill Team.

Bordering Germany and France, and surrounded by mountains, crowds at the Swiss cultural capital swell during the summer months. As such, visitors interested in seeing the show are advised to purchase their tickets and make
accommodation bookings in advance to avoid disappointment.

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