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to Tattoo 2008

The Tattoo this year salutes the four hundredth anniversary of the founding of the city of Québec. We welcome acts from the province and we feature members of the Royal 22e Régiment, the famous Van Doos. We continue last year’s theme of the salute to the Canadian soldier as we publicly thank the men and women of our armed forces. The Canadian International Military Tattoo is proud of our serving soldiers, past and present. We hope that you will share our pride and that you enjoy the show.


Photo of soldier: Roy Timm

Brigadier-General Gary R. Stafford, OMM, CD Deputy Commander, Land Forces Central Area Lieutenant-General (Ret’d) Charles H. Belzile, CM, CMM, CD Honorary Grand President, The Royal Canadian Legion

For years the Tattoo has been fortunate to have Hamilton’s own Lincoln Alexander as our Honorary Patron. Lincoln graced the dais, smartly took the salute from our soldiers and musicians and added his touch of class to the show. He always made a point of recognizing the major role played by the many volunteers from our community who, for seventeen years, have made the Tattoo an outstanding piece of family entertainment of which he was very proud. Linc cannot be with us at this performance but members of the Pipes & Drums will visit him this summer to show our appreciation and recognition for his long-time commitment.

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of Contents


List of Performers


Featured Acts


Bands and Dancers


Music and the Military


Salute to the R22eR


What is a Tattoo?


Children of Afghanistan


Tattoo Promotions


History | Tartan




Sponsors | Supporters

Flash photography or recording during any of the performances is strictly prohibited. Programme is subject to change without notice. The information published in this programme is current at the time of printing. The Canadian International Tattoo Association and the Canadian International Military Tattoo cannot be held responsible for any changes in information, inaccuracies or omissions contained herein. Contents protected by copyright Š 2008.


A Salute to the

PRELUDE Liam McGlashon – Fiddle Kid ACT I

Vignette – Mackinaw Folklorique Group

Royal 22e Régiment


Fanfare – Lancashire Fusiliers

and a Celebration


Massed Pipes and Drums

Highland Laddie (Trad.)

Anniversary of

Piobroch O’ Donald Dhu (Trad.) Cock O’ the North (Trad.) Blue Bonnets (Trad.)

the Founding of

Road to the Isles (Trad.) Dumbarton’s Drums (Trad.)

Québec City

The Campbells are Coming (Trad.)


Massed Military Bands


Pipes and Drums and Dancers

Atholl Highlanders (Trad.)

Johnny Cope (Trad.) Mingulay Boat Song (Trad.) Dance Intro Braes of Mar (Trad.) Orange and Blue (Trad.) High Road to Linton (Trad.)

Nut Brown Maiden (Trad.) Barren Rocks of Aden (Trad.)

of the 400th


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Can You Hear the People Sing (Arr. Rehill) Can-Can (Offenbach, Arr. Rehill) Going Home Minstrel Boy / Blue Bells (Trad. )

The 2008 Tattoo Guard of Honour – The Canadian International M on parade a guard found by Third Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment.

the 2008 Roster of Performers


Mackinaw Folklorique Group


Lancashire Fusiliers Association Band and Corps of Drums / Lorne Scots Pipes and Drums

INTERMISSION ACT VIII Massed Military Bands and Pipes and Drums

Old Rustic Bridge / Flett from Flotta (Arr. Rehill)

Highland Cathedral (Arr. Rehill)

Going Home (Trad.) Minstrel Boy (Trad.) Blue Bells of Scotland (Trad.)


Mackinaw Folklorique Group


Afghanistan Thanks Canada

Vignettes – Royal 22e Régiment and Sean Jones



March Off The Maple Leaf Forever (Muir, Arr. Rehill) Black Bear / Will Ye No Come Back Again (Trad. Rehill)

Marche Vanier (Milne) Scotland the Brave (Trad. Rehill) Soldiers Return / Vive La Canadienne (Arr. Rehill) The Sands of Time (Trad. Rehill) Auld Lang Syne and Last Post (Trad. Rehill) Lone Piper Anthems

Programme subject to change. Appearance of acts subject to the exigencies of the service.

Military Tattoo is privileged to have We are grateful for their service. 


The Band and Corps of Drums of the Fusiliers’ Association (Lancashire) (bottom

centre) The Band and Corps was founded by Lieutenant Colonel (Ret’d) Eric W. Davidson, DL to keep alive the traditions of the former constituent regiment, The Lancashire Fusiliers XX, as well as the new regiment, formed in 1968. The group has entertained regular army battalions at home and abroad. The Band has 37 members, the Corps of Drums 26 members and, along with 10 support staff, total 73. Musical director Mike Thomas attended the Royal Military School of Music; spent 15 years playing with the Royal Hussars (PWO); left the army in 1989; and joined the Lancs in 1997 as a performer, finally taking over as director in 2001. Bandmaster Cathie Brooks has a degree in music from Huddersfield University; is a full-time peripatetic instrumental teacher; plays clarinet and saxophone; is a member of two symphony orchestras; and joined the Fusiliers’ Band in 2001, taking up the post of bandmaster in April 2002.

Mackinaw Folklorique Ensemble – Québec (below) is a company of passionate artists who share

the love of dance and traditions that will make audiences vibrate from the first accord of violin to the last step of gigue (lively baroque dance). Discover the real meaning of joie de vivre (enjoyment of life)! A cultural company founded in 1974 and based in the city of Drummondville in the heart of Québec, Mackinaw is a solid organization comprising four permanent workers, 200 folklorists and a team of experienced and competent volunteers. Initiator of the Mondial des Cultures de Drummondville, Mackinaw is proud to be a partner in establishing one of the richest folkloric events in the art world. Mackinaw’s repertoire includes Québec and international dances created by a team of experienced contributors. The company presents productions where dance and history are married by theatrical expressions. Les Jouals Verts provides the Qué bec traditional repertoire colour and sonority.


The Royal 22e Régiment (bottom left) is an infantry regiment and the most famous francophone

unit of the Canadian Forces. The regiment comprises three Regular Force battalions, two Primary Reserve battalions, and a band, making it the largest regiment in the Canadian Army. The ceremonial home of the regiment, until its tragic destruction earlier this year, was La Citadelle in Québec City, where the regimental museum was also housed. The regiment is nicknamed the Van Doos, a corruption of vingt-deux, French for “twenty-two”. A special souvenir salute to the Van Doos is featured in the centre-spread of this year’s Tattoo show programme.

Sean Jones (below centre) “The music stirred my soul.” This intimate statement, delivered by one of

Canada’s fastest rising stars, provides the foundation upon which this extremely talented singer/songwriter is built. Sean Jones, one of the lead singers of the R&B group In Essence has released his first solo LP titled This Is Love. The lush harmonies, soothing melody lines are delivered with a voice so sweet that it can make even the angels weep, is set to take the world as well as our hearts by storm. Sean is pleased to honour our soldiers and those left behind with his stirring performance at this year’s Tattoo by singing his song “Wounded”. The proceeds from the sale of this song on iTunes will go to the AKW charity, a Canadianbased charity providing relief to children with disabilities in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan Thanks Canada (below) This performance examines the positive differences being

made in the lives of the people of Afghanistan. A series of vignettes portray life as it is in today’s post-Taliban environment. A special thanks to Hasib Sayed who has rendered invaluable assistance in the mounting of this play. Due, in part, to Canadian initiatives, girls are allowed to attend school, laughter is once again heard on street corners, and children’s kites fly overhead.


The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada Pipes and Drums (below left) is a

component of the Canadian Army Reserve. The band has a history dating back to a Highland Rifle Company, formed in Hamilton in 1856, when many of Hamilton’s leading citizens backed the formation of a kilted military unit in the city—the forerunner of the present regiment. The current regiment came into being in 1903 along with the Pipes and Drums. The regiment served with distinction during both world wars. The Pipes and Drums had the honour of leading the Allied victory parade in Berlin following the surrender in 1945 in a scene reminiscent of one from the earlier war in which the Pipes and Drums of the 19th Battalion played the Allied armies across the Rhine. Members of the band are soldiers as well as musicians.

The Hamilton Police Service Pipes and Drums (bottom left) comprises forty police and civilian

members. It began in 1961 and is the third oldest police pipe band in Canada. The Pipes and Drums have been ambassadors for the Hamilton Police Service and the City of Hamilton at various functions in Canada and in the United States. The band has won many times in competition and holds the title of Grade Three Ontario Champion Supreme Winner. The Pipes and Drums are under the direction Pipe Major Don Forgan and Drum Major Russ Hamilton.

The Windsor Regiment Band (below centre left) can trace its origins back to the Essex Tank Regiment

Band of the early 1930s. It evolved into The Windsor Regiment Band until 1970 when the bands of HMCS HUNTER and The Windsor Regiment joined forces to become the Windsor Militia District Band; in 1985 the Windsor District Military Band; in 1991 The Windsor Military Band; and in 2007 The Windsor Regiment Band. It provides musical support to the units of 31 Canadian Brigade Group. They have toured southern Ontario and Michigan, performing for royalty as well as at numerous civic and military events.

The Dundas Pipes and Drums (bottom centre left) were organized shortly after the end of World

War II, under the sponsorship of the Dundas Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, where they became a vital part of the community. In 1967, the band was reconstituted under the Town of Dundas, as part of the Canada centennial year celebrations. For over half a century, the band has been featured in parades, concerts and tattoos in and around the Region of Hamilton-Wentworth in Ontario. Since its inception, the band has maintained high standards of piping, drumming and teaching, competing in Highland games and bringing the traditions and love of Highland music to the community.


Liam McGlashon, the Fiddle Kid (shown left) will perform before the shows.

The Regimental Band of the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry

(Wentworth Regiment)

(below centre right) was formed in 1866 and is the oldest enlisted band in Canada. The band has won numerous awards for military drill and musicianship in Canada and the USA. It has played for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, His Royal Highness Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales and the Governor General of Canada, as well as entertained the citizens of Hamilton for over 140 years. The band has performed in the Canadian International Military Tattoo since 1992 and is currently under the direction of Major Michael Rehill, CD, Mus Bac, KH, and Drum Major James Greve, CD.

The Lorne Scots Pipes and Drums (Peel, Dufferin and Halton Regiment) (bottom centre

right) was formed in 1881. The Pipes and Drums of the regiment performed at the Edinburgh Tattoo in 1960 and 1970, and have performed for Her Majesty The Queen, HRH The Duke of Kent, The Duke of Argyll, Governors General, Lieutenant Governors, the Prime Minister, and various Premiers. The band has also toured the United Kingdom, playing at the Tower of London and The London Guildhall, as well as at various engagements in the U.S. and Ontario.

The Tattoo Dancers (right) The Schiehallion Dancers, established in Hamilton in 1968 by World

Champion Highland Dancer, Sandra Bald Jones, have performed in Canada, the U.S., U.K., Asia and Europe; including The Last Tattoo in Berlin and the Edinburgh Tattoo in 1981,1986 and 2003. The MacLeod of Lewis Celtic Dancers, established in 1968, specializes in Highland dancing and East Coast step dancing. The dancers have toured as guest artists with the Scottish variety troupe, A Breath of Scotland and have performed in Canada, the U.S. and Edinburgh, under the guidance of Marjorie-Anne Macleod Dent, assisted by her daughters, Jessica and Sarah-Elspeth. The Carol MacCrimmon School of Highland Dancing is located in Waterdown, Ontario. Certified instructor, Carol MacCrimmon, BATD, has been overseeing her students’ training for competitions, performances and medal tests since 1988.


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Music and the Military

The muddy battlefield carried the smell of death on the Somme,

A Call to Arms

France. On October 8, 1916, Canadian troops were ordered out of their trenches and to go “over the top” in what would become one of the most bloody battles of the First World War. Trapped in the mud and blood of no-man’s land, tangled in barbed wire with enemy machine gun and mortar fire effectively pinning them down, were members of the 16th Canadian Infantry Battalion. Amidst the gunfire came a sound—a familiar sound.

The Canadians, stranded in the morass and choking on smoke, looked back to see a solitary figure. It was 19-yearold James Richardson, a soldier from Chilliwack, British Columbia, fervently playing the bagpipes while marching up and down outside the wire, in full view of the enemy, in a bid to rally the men of the 16th. Richardson’s courage inspired the Canadians to push on toward the German trenches. Several hours later, the 16th captured the position at the cost of some 8,000 Canadian lives. About 24,000 Canadians were wounded. Many of those who survived credited Richardson’s brave bagpipe playing for spurring them on to victory. Ironically, this Canadian hero did not live to appreciate most of the accolades. Later the same day, as he was helping to move some prisoners and wounded members of the 16th, Richardson realized he had left his pipes behind. He returned to the battlefield and was killed. For his efforts James Richardson was awarded the Victoria Cross, the highest decoration for valour in the British Commonwealth—the only Canadian bagpiper to ever be awarded the VC. Music and the military have a long and interwoven past. The use of musical instruments in times of war can probably be traced back to most ancient civilizations. The size, shape and range of the instruments usually reflected available resources, neighbouring influences and the ingenuity of the period. Various instruments were used to direct the movements of troops, to announce the coming onslaught of offensive forces to adversaries and, for everyday use, to help make the daily march less monotonous. The use of ram’s horns as a powerful blast of sound to lead troops into battle can be traced back to the Old Testament. The Greek and Roman armies used brass and percussion instruments, perhaps the beginnings of the cornet and tuba, not only to rally their troops, but also to pass on information while on the march or in camp. The use of an anafil (a straight valve-less trumpet), the tabor (a small drum) and a naker (a small kettledrum), in battle, were used by Christian Knights during The Crusades to transmit orders to distant troops and as weapons of fear. In Western Europe, the earliest use of music, as a tool of an armed force, likely began in what we know today as Italy. These musical signal systems were carried across the continent by mercenaries to lands where the customs were adopted and modified by each of the states or nationalities that used them. Of course, this all meant that the soldiers, whether on foot or horseback, had to have a trained ear that could distinguish between the various trumpet and drum sounds and know what they meant to avoid turning an organized offensive into deadly chaos. The 16th-century pragmatist and political strategist, Niccolo Machiavelli, suggested commanding officers should announce their orders via trumpet due to its piercing tone and volume, enabling it to be heard over the sounds of battle. Machiavelli also suggested cavalry trumpets have a different timber from infantry trumpets so as not to confuse the troops. He thought the use of drums and flutes were helpful to enforce discipline while on the march or on the battlefield. By the mid-16th century most of the armies of Europe had standardized their trumpet calls and drum signals with distinct sounds for march, alarm, attack and retreat.


Even the most casual follower of military music will be able to point to the drums and trumpets as staple instruments used by the military. For hundreds of years prior to the Renaissance, these two instruments were used by most of the armies of Western Europe. Over the years other instruments were added to the military arsenal of various states. The Piob Mhor (that’s the bagpipe or great pipe for those of you who don’t speak Gaelic) can also be traced back to the earliest times. Even good ole Nero may have played a primitive form of the instrument with a bag under his arm, as the Roman Empire crumbled. It was the Romans who likely introduced the bagpipe to Britain at the time of the conquest. Over time the great bagpipe of the rugged Scottish Highlands was developed with a valved mouthpiece, three drones and a reed chanter with fingered stops. The pipes were more than a musical instrument, they were a respected part of Scottish culture. Many a highland lad didn’t become a man until he could play the pipes with the necessary skills passed on from father to son, generation to generation. The chant of the pipes accompanied Scottish clans into battle on the wild moors many centuries ago and the piper carried with him a history of past battles in the form of music. So powerful was the Left photo: Side drum, 1694-1733, Saxony, copper alloy and wood. attachment of the Scots to the Right photo: Guardroom with the Deliverance of Saint Peter, ca. 1645–47, David bagpipe as a cultural and military Teniers the Younger (Flemish 1610–1690), shows a soldier’s military drum. tool, that the British banned the instrument after the defeat of Bonnie Prince Charlie (Charles Edward Stuart) in 1746. The pipes were brought back when the British realized their own Scottish regiments would welcome them. Bagpipes, similar to the Highland instrument, were also used in Germany, The Netherlands and Ireland in the 18th century. The bagpipes were also part of the courts of several English kings including Henry VIII who, between marriages and battles with Rome, managed to collect a variety of bagpipes. Military music followed the French, British and others to North America in the 17th century (where the native tribal drums had been sending messages for more than 1,000 years) with the custom, once again, adapting to local preferences, influences and desires. The bagpipes accompanied Scottish fur traders who favoured the instrument as a reminder of home and to help while away the long Canadian winters to which they were so unaccustomed. As in the Battle of the Somme, the sound of the pipes have inspired troops throughout Canada’s founding, thereby establishing the instrument as part our country’s military lore. South of the border, the fife and drum were the common instruments of the American ranks with beats and signals modelled after European armies until the bugle replaced them. Similar to the French use of the instrument, the bugle calls for the U.S. forces adopted in 1867 are still used today. While the use of modern electronics as a way of sending signals may have confined use of the bugle and other instruments to public ceremonies, they can still be used if needed. Communist China, lacking in resources, used bugles to signal its troops during the Korean War. How unnerving it must have been for U.S., Canadian, British and other UN forces to hear bugle calls unknown to them coming from across enemy lines! The Canadian International Military Tattoo is proud each year to showcase these musical traditions by preserving the historic sights and sounds of military music for future generations.

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Royal 22e Régiment – T

August 4th,1914. Britain declares war on Germany. Canad French Canadians heed the call to the colours, although in fewer numbers than expected due, in part, to the difficulty of enlisting French-speaking recruits into English-speaking units. The government, within a month of receiving a request to form a French-speaking infantry battalion for active service, authorized the formation of the 22nd (French-Canadian) Battalion CEF on October 21st. The unit, nicknamed the Van Doos, entered the front lines on September 16th, 1915 and subsequently saw action at Mont Kemmel, Mont Sorrel (St-Eloi Craters) and elsewhere. Its first major engagement was at Courcelette in September, 1916 and, while the battalion took its objective and captured twelve hundred enemy, it did so at enormous cost. Just seven officers and 118 other ranks survived out of eight hundred. Vimy Ridge in April 1917 demanded further sacrifice, with 110 casualties, including ten officers. The original Vimy Ridge Cross, entrusted to the 22nd, still rests beside the Chapel at La Citadelle in Quebec City. The 22nd went on to fight at Hill 70, Lens, Passchendaele, Arras and Amiens. At Cherisy, the battalion again suffered terribly, with all of its officers killed or wounded and only 40 of 660 other ranks remaining fit for service. By the end of the war, a total of 287 officers and 5,584 other ranks had served with the Van Doos. Of that number, 992 were killed and 2,541 wounded. Two of its members were awarded the Victoria Cross (Cpl Joseph Kaeble and Lt Jean Brillant, both posthumously) and 340 others were decorated. In 1920, the Van Doos were reconstituted as a French-speaking unit of the Permanent Force, known as 22nd Regiment. Eight years later HM King George V honoured the regiment for its distinguished war service by renaming it Royal 22e Régiment. It was further honoured in 1938 when HM King George VI became its Colonel-in-Chief and, in 1953, when HM Queen Elizabeth II succeeded her father as Colonel-in-Chief.


The Fighting Van Doos

da and the rest of the Empire quickly mobilize at her side. Upon the outbreak of the Second World War, the Royal 22e Régiment sailed for England with the 1st Canadian Division. Landing in Sicily on July 10th 1943, they participated in the hard-fought battles of that campaign and, later, in Italy. A/Major Paul Triquet was awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery under fire at Casa Berardi, the first for Canadians in the campaign. The battalion again saw heavy action at the Gustav Line, the Hitler Line and the Gothic Line, and particularly distinguished itself at Rimini and San Fortunato. None of this was without cost, with 26 officers and 349 other ranks killed and 63 officers and 1,500 other ranks wounded. The Van Doos returned to peacetime soldiering at the end of the war, albeit briefly, for in 1950 the Korean War broke out and the Régiment, now with three Regular Force battalions, was once again in action. Following the Korean War, the Army’s operations centred on Canada’s NATO taskings in Europe and UN peacekeeping missions around the world, and the Van Doos, as an essential component, followed suit. However, by the 1990s, the Army’s traditional peacekeeping operations had evolved into a far more robust form and, as we now see in Afghanistan, into nation-building and war-fighting. Spirited and determined, fiercely competitive and resourceful, the Royal 22e Régiment, with its 43 hard-won Battle Honours, is the pride of French Canada. The apparent easy-going nature of the Van Doos belies an aggressive, stubborn streak that has served Canada well through two World Wars, the Korean War and operations in Cyprus, Congo, Bosnia, East Timor and, most recently, Afghanistan. Je me Souviens.


What is a Tattoo? Imagine yourself sitting in a tavern in seventeenthcentury Holland. In those days, when British troops served in the lowlands, it was the custom for a drummer to march through the streets beating his drum to warn the troops that it was time to leave the taverns and return to their billets for the night. The Dutch innkeepers, at the sound of the drum, would order “doe den tap toe” or “turn off the taps,” the local last call equivalent of “time, gentlemen, please.” In English, “taptoe” became “tattoo” and over the years the drummer was accompanied by a fife or bugle player and, perhaps a piper. Such groups were the beginnings of the regimental band and, in an early exercise in public relations, the band performed concerts for the local population. What started as a practical daily routine in army life is today the military tattoo, a show featuring a lively rhythm of marching bands, elegant dancers, stirring cadence of the pipes and drums and breathtaking military displays.


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YOUTH PROGRAM – A First for the Tattoo This year, we invited the students from five inner-city schools to attend a Tattoo rehearsal on Friday. They enthusiastically met bandsmen from the Lancashire Fusiliers and several performers from our local Military and Pipes & Drums bands who generously shared knowledge of their uniforms, instruments and careers. These students are our future and we are proud that our own LCol John Dinsmore (Ret’d) introduced them to the importance that military music has played through the centuries and how it awakens feelings of civic pride.

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History of The Canadian International Military Tattoo

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In 1992, to celebrate the 125th birthday of Canada, the Region of Hamilton-Wentworth presented The Greater Hamilton Tattoo. That first tattoo was organized and presented by a group of local volunteers with military, musical and theatrical backgrounds. Many of the original volunteers have been involved with the tattoo throughout its history. The mandate from the beginning was to bring to the citizens of Hamilton and area the best international, national and local acts and to educate the public about Canada’s military history and organization.

The Canadian International Military Tattoo features a different clan or district tartan each year as a background for the souvenir programme.

International performers included The United States Military Academy Band from West Point, The Band of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers and the Pipes and Drums of The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, both of the British Army, The Johan Willem Friso Kapel from Holland and The United States Marine Corps Silent Drill Team. National acts, such as The Central Band of the Canadian Forces, The Canadian Naval Gun Race, The Woods Manufacturing Brass Band and The Mantini Sisters have also been featured. Local performers have included The Bach-Elgar Choir, The Band of the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry, The Hamilton Firefighters Drum Corps, The Chaika Ukrainian Dance Ensemble and The Pipes and Drums of The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada.

The tartan is the most powerful worldwide symbol of kinship, and the kilt the most distinctive national dress. While most tartans are those of families or clans, the tartan can also be associated with geographical areas or districts. Other designs belong to regiments or even to events, such as the Edinburgh Tattoo. This year we feature the tartan of the Province of Québec.

In 1999, with the changes in local government and the dissolution of Hamilton-Wentworth Region, the Tattoo was in danger of being lost. A group of Tattoo volunteers, all of whom had been regular participants since the beginning, formed a not-for-profit company with the express purpose of carrying on the production of a tattoo. The name changed to The Hamilton International Tattoo to reflect the reorganization, but the aims remained the same and the Tattoo organizers were dedicated to continuing the education of the public about Canada’s military.

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In 2006, with the help of a rejuvenated Board of Directors and faithful volunteers, the decision was made to change the name to the Canadian International Military Tattoo. The name reflects the organization’s primary mandate to represent the culture and military tradition of Canada as a whole through music, song, dance and first-class entertainment.

Our 2007 campaign won the Tourism Hamilton Best Promo Piece.

All of Canada’s provinces and territories have tartans. There is also the well-known, but unofficial, Maple Leaf Tartan. Cape Breton has its own district tartan. The Canadian Confederation Tartan was designed in 1964 in time for the celebration of Canada’s centennial three years later. Scots have played significant roles throughout the four hundred years since the settlement of Québec and the Québec tartan, while unofficial, is nevertheless full of symbolism. The design, known as Boucherville, is based on the provincial coat-of-arms, and includes the azure blue of loyalty, the silver grey of serenity, the gold of generosity and the green of hope. The white is for the scroll which carries the Qué bec motto Je me souviens.



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2008 Tattoo Team Chairman Vice Chairman Producer Director of Music Technical Director Script and Narration Floor Manager Assistant Floor Manager Director of Highland Dance Protocol Officer Tattoo Drum Major Senior Pipe Major Senior Drum Major, Pipes and Drums Pipe Band Music Scores Pipe Band Drum Scores Photographer

LCol (Ret’d) Rick Kennedy, CD LCol Robert G. (Geordie) Elms, CD CWO (Ret’d) John Terence, MMM, CD Maj Michael Rehill, CD, Mus Bac, KH Jim Holubeshen LCol (Ret’d) John Dinsmore, CD WO (Ret’d) Ray DiCiacca, CD CWO (Ret’d) Dennis Floresco, CD Sandra Bald Jones Capt (Ret’d) Bill McBride, SBStJ D/M James Grieve, CD CWO Tom Lee, CD D/M Iain McGibbon, CD Douglas Wickham Jeff Boyle Lt (N) (Ret’d) Brent Walker, CD

Administrative Support Executive Director Business Manager Office Support Program Sales VIP Hospitality Retail Sales Performer Hospitality Volunteer Co-ordinator

Tattoo Acknowledgements The Tattoo Association wishes to express sincere appreciation to the City of Hamilton for its continued support of the Canadian International Military Tattoo. We also wish to express our appreciation for the ongoing support of the personnel of HECFI and of Copps Coliseum who have made the production of this event a very positive and enjoyable experience. Thank you as well to the Commanding Officers of the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry and the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada, along with the members of 31 Brigade, for their direct military support, LCdr Albert Wong, CD, President of AKW Charity. Finally, a large thank you to all the volunteers in this year’s Tattoo.

Members of the Board

Tracey Robertson Joy Shikaze White Graphics & Marketing Inc.

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These units appear with the permission of their respective commanding officers: The Royal Hamilton Light Infantry

LCol S. McKee, CD

The Lorne Scots

LCol T. J. Orange, CD

The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada

LCol M. Sellars, CD

Windsor Regiment

LCol R. D. Trottier, CD

The Hamilton Police Service

Chief B. Mullan

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A special thanks to the 2349 Argyll Cadet Corps, the Royal Canadian Navy Cadets and the students from Sir John A. Macdonald and Mountain secondary schools for their help with the Tattoo this year.

Joan Balinson CWO (Ret’d) Richard Seager, CD Gail Piché, Bira Pittman and Violet Karbalaei Sgt (Ret’d) Laurie Seager Lyn McBride, Bob and Lois McPherson Lynda Terence Peter and Janice Jackson Natalie Collingwood

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-June 13 – 14

LCol (Ret’d) Rick Kennedy, CD – Chairman LCol Robert George (Geordie) Elms, CD LCol (Ret’d) John Dinsmore, CD, A de C Maj Michael Rehill, CD, Mus Bac, KH CWO (Ret’d) John Terence, MMM, CD MWO (Ret’d) Peter Baker, CD Dr. Robert Lochiel Fraser Edward T. Lauder

We thank the following for their direct support to the Canadian International Military Tattoo: LCdr Albert Wong, CD Col and Mrs. James Ruddle LCol and Mrs. James Ramesbottom Councilor Bernie Morelli Mr. and Mrs. Walter Tillinghaste Mr. and Mrs. Bill McBride Mr. and Mrs. Gerry Prins Col W. H. Young


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