Evening of extraordinary entertainment set to perform at this year’s Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo

The Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo announced the first group of performers for the 2019 earlier this month.

The Tattoo, celebrating the Power of Peace, showcases the talents of performers from across the globe, from dancers, singers, massed pipe bands among other spectacular talent.

“We’re excited to reveal the first group of performers for our upcoming show,” said Scott Long, managing director and executive producer of the Tattoo. “This summer we’re emphasizing a contemporary twist on the classics, and we’ve got a great line-up to match.” 

Among the cast are the staple acts of the Tattoo, including Stadacona Band of the Royal Canadian Navy – The Tattoo’s pit band since 1979, the Tattoo Choir comprising of 100 strong voices, the Tattoo Children’s Chorus, and the Tattoo Highland Dance Team composed of the best Highland Dancers around Nova Scotia, and around the world

Joining the show this year is the Black Diamond Drill Dance Team from Australia. They made it all the way to the semi-finals of Australia’s Got Talent, and are bringing their feathery, frilly routine to Halifax.

Chicago Wheel JAM is also joining the 2019 roster. The Chicago-based troupe is bringing a splash of circus to Halifax. The group’s leader, Wolfgang Bientzle, has won several World Champions, European and German National titles, and appeared with Cirque du Soleil, Disney, the NBA, the NFL, the NHL, and Holiday on ice. 

Club Piruett – The elite Estonian gymnastic group returns to the Tattoo with its junior school performers who will bring flair to the show with a beautiful ribbon routine.

German Air Force Band Erfurt – Based out of central Germany, this 56-person band has represented the German Air Force throughout Europe and North America and comes to Halifax this summer to continue the strong friendship between the Tattoo and Germany.

Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force Band – Tokyo – Formed in 1952, this band is one of the most lauded military bands in the world and adds Halifax to a roster of Tattoos that also includes appearances in Oslo and Basel.

Wachbataillon – An elite drill unit from Germany that excels in both protocol and infantry missions around the world.

5th Canadian Division Band – Composed of reserve musicians from Atlantic Canada, the 5th Canadian Division Band represents the Canadian Army and will augment the Massed Bands.

Canadian Cadets – The Canadian Cadet Organization has designated the Tattoo as one of its National Directed Activities for Cadet musicians and is committing to sending 70 young pipers and drummers, and brass and reed musicians, to perform in the show. In future years, this partnership will grow to include over 100 youth performers.

Diaga Irish Dance – This troupe of young Irish dancers weaves Celtic choreography into their routines and are actively involved in promoting Celtic culture to the community.

Jon-Paul Decosse – This Dartmouth dweller possesses a “powerful, full-throated bass-baritone,” according to Opera Canada, and makes his Tattoo debut this summer after a career spent performing some of the most renowned operas across the country.

To see the full list of the first cast reveal, visit: 

The show will run June 29 through July 6, 2019, at the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax. 

Visit the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo website for more information.

Use code DND19 to redeem your Service Member discount.

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Paige LeClair

As a recent graduate from the St. Thomas University Journalism program, Paige has a passion for storytelling and investigative journalism. In 2016, she, along with her journalism team were awarded first place at the Emerge Media Awards in the multimedia category. The team was also a finalist at the Canadian Association of Journalist Awards. She is excited to work with other military spouses providing stories and information to the military community. Paige is newly married to Andrew, a Lineman, and moved to their first posting in Petawawa in May of this year. She is excited to begin this journey with Andrew, their dog Diablo, and cat, Linux

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