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International Tattoo Pipes and DrumsThe United States Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force will join forces with military and police units from Scotland and Canada in the largest military tattoo tribute show: the Las Vegas International Tattoo. This uniquely inspiring event will be hosted at the Thomas and Mack Center, home of the UNLV Rebels, and features a spectacular line-up with 500 performers — making this the 'must-see' show for April 2011.

The original meaning of a 'military tattoo' was a drum performance dating back from the 17th Century when the British Army was stationed in Belgium and the Netherlands. Drummers from the garrison would be sent out to towns to signal to soldiers, 'last orders', get back to barracks! Over time this ceremony has become much bigger involving military and civilian assets, choreographed into complete theatrical presentations.

Dennis Nolan, Nevada State Senator (ret.) and Executive Director of the show, said: "Las Vegas hosts a number of world-class events and is the perfect stage for this international show. Military and police bands from around the World will strike a cord with a patriotic audience in a tribute to American forces and allies."

Highlights of the show will include the US Army Drill Team, who have thrilled audiences around the World. They will be joined by the US Marine Corps Band 29 Palms, US Navy Band Southwest and the Air Force Band from the Golden West. Winnipeg Police Pipe Band and Vancouver Police Pipe Band will be representing Canada at this international event. From Scotland the Pipes and Drums, 1st Battalion, The Scots Guards, who have recently returned from active service in Afghanistan will entertain the house.

Producer of the show, Major Bruce Hitchings, MBE BEM, former Senior Pipe Major British Army and Chief Instructor for the Army School of Piping, Edinburgh Castle, said: "The event is a showcase for military and police units - which together with dance, lighting and pyrotechnics, presents our joint heritage in a fast-paced show, blending music, ceremony and entertainment for all the family."

Show times are:

Friday April 15th - 7:30pm

Saturday April 16th – 7:30pm


For ticket information:

www.lasvegasinternationaltattoo.com