In celebration of the 15th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, "International Military Tattoo", Hong Kong's first military tattoo spectacular featuring world-famous military bands, will be held in June.
"International Military Tattoo" is presented by the Home Affairs Bureau, organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and proudly sponsored by Bank of China (Hong Kong).
The US 8th Army Band is no longer able to attend the "International Military Tattoo" due to another commitment. However, the presenter is pleased to announce the participation of the US 7th Fleet Band in the tattoo. Created in 1943, the band has performed throughout the Western Pacific. They have brought their special brand of American music to enthusiastic fans in Japan, the Philippines, South Korea, Australia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and many other places in East Asia.
The show will feature military bands from all over the world including the Military Band of the Chinese People's Liberation Army, the Military Band of the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy, the Guard of Honour of the Chinese People's Liberation Army Hong Kong Garrison, the Royal Australian Navy Band, the Russian Frontier Guard Band, the Bursa Mehter Band of Turkey, the Pipes and Drums of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, the US 7th Fleet Band, the Hong Kong Police Band, the Girl Students Marching Band of Jiangxi Normal University and O'Shea-Ryan Irish Dancers Australia. Also set to perform in the shows is the Hong Kong Association of Choral Societies.
One of the attractions will be the marching band performance "Ode to the Motherland" by the Military Band of the Chinese People's Liberation Army. With innovative instrumentation, Chinese music elements and stunning formations, the band will play while marching and will offer a fitting tribute to the motherland, Hong Kong and all ethnic groups of China as a wholehearted wish for continuous prosperity, growth, unity and harmony.
Other bands will bring to Hong Kong patrons an enriching programme including marching and military music performance, popular classical music, folk music, dance and more.
"International Military Tattoo" will be staged at 8pm from June 22 to 24 (Friday to Sunday) at the Hong Kong Coliseum. Tickets priced at $300, $200 and $100 are now available at all URBTIX outlets, on the Internet and by telephone credit card booking. Half-price tickets are available for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and their minders, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients. Please refer to programme leaflets for group booking discount information.
For programme enquiries, please call 2268 7321, or visit www.lcsd.gov.hk/CE/CulturalService/Programme/en/music/0000038e.html. For ticketing enquiries, please call 2734 9009. For credit card telephone bookings, please call 2111 5999. For Internet bookings, please visit www.urbtix.hk.
To share the joy of the occasion with people from all walks of life, free outdoor demonstration performances will be held at 4pm on June 23 (Saturday) at the Plaza, Sha Tin Town Hall, and at 4pm on June 24 (Sunday) at Piazza Area C, Hong Kong Cultural Centre.
Ends/Monday, June 11, 2012