The 15th edition of the Malta Military Tattoo is being held at St. George’s Square, Valletta until the 23rd September, as part of the Valletta 2018 Cultural Programme. The Malta Military Tattoo has steadily grown into the event which provides a platform to local Military Bands to come together and display their talents – under sunshine or rain.
Together with the local element, the guests of the Tattoo bring military music traditions from overseas on St. George’s Square. International groups participating this year include: Topside, the U.S. Naval Forces Europe’s New Orleans-style brass band; and the Bersaglieri di Trapani from Trapani, Sicily. The latter was established in 2002 in Sicily to maintain the traditions of the region. The members are all dedicated to preserve the deep and patriotic values of their ancestors. The band has been invited to various events across Europe, bringing to audiences a modern youthful version of the Bersaglieri whilst also maintaining the traditional values of the Bersaglieri Corps.
Joining these international military bands is The Emerald Isle Dance Team; a formation of dancers from Dublin and Kildare in Ireland, led by members of the renowned Cairde Damhsa Irish Dance Teachers Association. They dance to the traditional Irish music and bring to the Tattoo the traditions of dance routines associated with military displays. They have performed at a vast array of Tattoo displays including the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
Several local military groups will also have their own display. The Band of the Armed Forces of Malta which annually provides a display prepared entirely for the Malta Military Tattoo. They will also be joined by the drill team, who display the precision and discipline of the military routines. The Malta Police Force Band is also preparing a special display.
The Massed Pipes and Drums will be made up of four local Maltese pipe bands: 1st Cospicua Scout Group Pipes and Drums; 1st Hamrun Scout Group Duke of Argyll’s Own Pipe Band; Marsa Scouts Pipes and Drums; and the Wallace Pipes and Drums – Malta. They will be accompanied by the Maltese group of Highland Dancers from the Artistique Dance Company.
The show will be held on the 22nd and 23rd of September, starting at the Grandmaster’s Palace Courtyard and proceeding towards St George’s Square. Tickets are on sale online or from the MFCC Offices, Level One Millennium Stand, Ta’ Qali or from the Embassy Cinema Complex, Valletta. More information is from MFCC or the event’s website.