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Tattoo odds and ends

Written by Charlene Gunnells
Monday, 09 August 2010 20:13

rosaWe really appreciate all the great feedback we have been getting to our coverage of the Regimental Band and Pipes’ trip to the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Whether you are following us at www.citadel.edu/band, on Facebook, on YouTube or on all three, it is great to hear from you.

As you know Citadel President Lt. Gen. John Rosa and his wife, Donna, and Provost Brig. Gen. Sam Hines and his wife, Laura, attended a Tattoo rehearsal last week at Edinburgh Castle. Tonight they were members of the audience. We have not heard what they thought of the show or of the cadets’ performance, but we’re sure they loved it. The 8,700 people watching tonight sure did.

The cadets are making fast friends with the performers and musicians from New Zealand, Jordan and Scotland. Even the motor coach (charter bus) drivers are becoming mates. One of the two Citadel drivers said tonight that many people he has talked to, including friends, have talked about how great the cadets are doing at Tattoo and how they are a local favorite among the performers.

"I told them I'm their bus driver," he said proudly with his Irish brogue.

We've met lots of parents and alumni in Edinburgh since last week. They always manage to spot the cadets in their full dress salt and pepper uniforms and come over to talk to them. We've also met people from South Carolina and many other states. The cadets are frequently asked to pose for pictures with people from all over the world. They cannot walk around the city in a uniform without getting stopped to answer questions or be in photos. We think it is because they look so darn sharp in gray.

Tuesday we are on the road to Glasgow for a performance on George Square. Then it is back to Edinburgh for the nightly Tattoo performance.

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