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Okanagan Military Tattoo ’Canada 150 Marching Forward Together’

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April 26, 2017 - 3:32 PM

The popular Okanagan Military Tattoo returns to the Okanagan Valley this July with their ‘2017 Canada 150 - Marching Forward Together’ musical extravaganza.

This 4th annual event features over 600 performers from across Canada and pays tribute to our military past and present.

The ensemble of pipers, drummers, military bands, marching troops, dancers and singers of all ages are brought together in an action packed choreographed event.  Internationally recognized performers such as the Calgary Round-Up Band and the NADEN Band of the Royal Canadian Navy will be there to entertain the audience.

One of the event’s highlights will be a ‘Tribute to Vimy’ – commemorating the 100th year anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

“Marching Forward Together with our youth, veterans and Military makes this one of the very best ways to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday”, says Norm Crerar, OMT Director.

A musical tattoo is a demonstration of military drumming, piping and skills.  Historically it was called a ‘tattoo’ because when the British Army was fighting in Belgium 300 years ago, soldiers were called in from the pubs each night for curfew, or Doe den tap toe, Dutch for ‘Turn off the tap’. The expression evolved—to tap-too and then tattoo.  The Okanagan Tattoo is the only one of its kind in Western Canada.

For a full list of performers and to purchase tickets - visit their website www.okanaganmilitarytattoo.ca.

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