Royal Band of the Belgian Air Force
This elite unit of the Belgian Defence is composed of a symphonic brass ensemble with 60 high-level musicians whose shows are built on military traditions with humor and musical diversity. This group is comparable to the premiere U.S. military bands.
Canadian Forces Base Trenton 8 Wing Pipes and Drums
Formed in 1960, this is a regular force volunteer band run by two full-time regular force musicians who also provide instruction. The remainder of the band is comprised of volunteers from military units and outlying communities. Though they’ve been in the show numerous times this will be the first time that they’ll be wearing full uniforms with feather bonnets.
Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada
The Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada, the oldest highland regiment in Western Canada, is a primary reserve infantry regiment of the Canadian Army. “A good regiment like the 79th may be destroyed - but it cannot be defeated." With these words a historian of the Battle of Waterloo honoured the Regiment whose traditions they perpetuate. In the mud of the Somme and the pebble beaches of Dieppe, the Regiment twice came close to destruction but the courage and fighting spirit of the Camerons persevered. They licked their wounds, mourned their dead and rebuilt and reconstituted the battalion to resume the fight, carrying the Regiment onto ultimate victory.
11th Bersaglieri Regiment Fanfare Band
The Bersaglieri “fanfara” is a band formed exclusively by brass instruments that, for power of timbre, spirit and handling, are suitable to be played at running pace. This high-mobility light infantry unit can be recognized by the distinctive wide brimmed hat that they wear decorated with black feathers.
The Highland Dance Company of New Zealand
This team of New Zealand’s elite level Highland dancers represent the New Zealand Academy of Highland and National Dancing. In addition to traditional Highland Dancing, expect a moving performance that will honor military veterans.
His Majesty the King’s Guard Band and Drill Team
This band and drill team made of soldiers serving compulsory service has only been together for 7 months. The band consists of about 80 conscripted musicians, all carefully selected through auditions and interviews.
The Drill Team consists of 40 conscripted soldiers, who represent only a few of the original number of recruits to make it through the interview and physical tests.
New Ross & District Pipe Band
From the New Ross region of the Republic of Ireland, this Grade 3A band won second prize at the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow in August. They also field a Grade 4 band that helps nurture the next generation into playing the pipes or drums, and to provide a route for those players unable to fully dedicate time to competing with 3A to help pass on their knowledge and experience.
Republic of Korea Traditional Army Band
Originally formed in 1946, the Traditional Army Band became part of the regular Army Band in 1968 to contribute their talents at domestic and diplomatic events. Traditional uniforms and instruments beautifully illustrate another style of military band. Their performances with the Virginia International Tattoo in 2007, 2010 and 2015 garnered acclaim from the audience and performers alike.
Yepuri Dance Team
Established in 1994 by the Yepuri Art Center, this team performs original choreography inspired by Korean art and spirit. The Yepuri Dance Team has appeared in more than 20 countries.
Granby High School Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps
Recipients of the Naval Service Training Command Distinguished NJROTC Unit Award from 2012-2015, Granby’s is the second largest NJROTC unit in Southeastern Virginia. In the performance these students carry the flags of the 29 NATO Nations and handle the enormous American flag with respect.
Hampton Roads Police Color Guards
With a mission to protect and serve, members of the Chesapeake, Newport News, and Norfolk, Virginia Police Departments proudly represent their cities in a display of integrity and honor.
Old Dominion University Concert Choir
ODU Concert Choir consists of 60 auditioned singers at the graduate and undergraduate level, representing diverse programs such as music, engineering, education, medical sciences, and graphic arts. The choir has performed at the National Cathedral, Carnegie Hall, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh. Dr. Nancy Klein has directed the University Concert Choir since 1986.
Tidewater Pipes & Drums
The band formed in 1975 and has continuously maintained a roster of active pipers and drummers from across Hampton Roads. The band performs at a variety of events every year including the Norfolk St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the Norfolk Grand Illumination Parade, and a number of events for the Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office, including the South Norfolk Fourth of July Parade and the annual “Symphony Under The Stars” concert. It also has had the honor of performing in many special events throughout its 36-year history, including the Virginia International Tattoo. A member of Eastern United States Pipe Band Association (EUSPBA), TP&D fields a successful Grade V band for competitions in the mid-Atlantic region.
U.S. Army 3d Infantry Regiment Caisson Platoon
The last official, full-time equestrian mounted unit of the Department of Defense, the Caisson Platoon’s mission is to serve as the mounted escort for our Nation’s fallen heroes during Military Full Honors Funerals in Arlington National Cemetery, perform Special and State Funerals and participate in parades and ceremonies with The Old Guard.
One of the oldest and most evocative of military traditions in a full honor funeral is that of the caparisoned “riderless” horse. The horse is led behind the caisson wearing an empty saddle with the rider’s boots reversed in the stirrups, indicating that the warrior will never ride again. Tradition allows a caparisoned horse to follow the casket of any Army or Marine Corps commissioned officer holding the rank of Colonel or above.
U.S. Army 3d Infantry Regiment Tomb Guard Platoon
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier holds the unidentified remains of soldiers from World War I, World War II and the Korean War and all are Medal of Honor recipients. An unidentified American soldier from World War I was the first soldier interred there in 1921. The soldiers who stand guard at the Tomb are volunteers, rigorously trained, male and female, and come from every state of the union and every walk of life. They work in a 3 team rotation of 24 hours on, 24 hours off and it takes about 8 hours to prepare their uniform.
Sentinels take twenty-one steps, alluding to the twenty-one-gun salute - the highest honor given any military or foreign dignitary. The Sentinel stops on the 21st step, then turns and faces the Tomb for 21 seconds, repeating until the Guard Change ceremony begins.
U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Band
The TRADOC Band has provided world-class performances for soldiers, their families and the greater Hampton Roads region for nearly 90 years. Their soldiers come from all over the nation and have passed a rigorous audition. Many are graduates of our nation’s best colleges and universities. The band is a diverse organization of 10 different ensembles, performing 450 times a year.
U.S. Marine Corps Band, Quantico
Established in 1918, the Quantico Marine Corps Band is one of the oldest musical ensembles in the Marine Corps. Under the direction of Chief Warrant Officer Four Robert Szabo, the band is comprised of both a ceremonial band and a concert band. Additionally, the band maintains several small ensembles including quintets, a rock band, and a jazz combo. The band has performed at many civilian events such as Super Bowl XLI, Carnegie Hall, 9/11 Memorials, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, New York City Columbus Day Parade, and has been an annual participant in the Virginia International Tattoo since 2003.
U.S. Marine Corps FAST Company
The United States Marine Corps FAST Companies are comprised of over 300 Marines that provide rapidly-deployable expeditionary security and anti-terrorism to the supported Geographic Combatant, Naval Component, or Installation Commander. FAST Companies, based in Yorktown, Virginia, have four permanently deployed elements in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; Rota, Spain; Yokosuka, Japan; and Manama, Bahrain. These Companies can organize, embark, and deploy in support of their security and anti-terrorism mission.
U.S. Navy Fleet Forces Band
The United States Fleet Forces Band, known as "The Finest of the Fleet," is the musical representative for Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command in Norfolk, Virginia. The band performs more than 400 engagements annually, including musical support for ships, military bases, foreign dignitaries, and community outreach events throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Ohio River Valley areas of the U.S., and regularly deploys to Central and South America. The U.S. Fleet Forces Band has completed deployments aboard USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) and USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), and has performed with internationally-renowned artists, including Lee Greenwood, Harry Connick, Jr., the "Spinners," Garrison Keillor, Chuck Mangione, Michael Brecker, and Marvin Hamlisch.
Virginia Children’s Chorus
Since 1992, Hampton Roads’ premiere children’s chorus has been committed to training the voice as well as offering extraordinary concert opportunities. Four choir levels meet the needs of each developing singer. Their singers, ages 6-18, come from every corner of Hampton Roads.
Virginia Symphony Orchestra Chorus
The Virginia Symphony Orchestra Chorus has been an annual participant in the Tattoo over the past two decades. The Chorus is an ensemble of the celebrated Virginia Symphony Orchestra with which it continues to perform classical and pops repertoire for Hampton Roads audiences and recording projects for Naxos and Hampton Roads Classics. Under the direction of Chorus Master Robert Shoup, the Chorus has performed to sold-out venues in Prague, Vienna, Berlin, Leipzig, Munich, and Salzburg.
Headquarters Supreme Allied Command Transformation Multi-National Ceremonial Detail, NATO
The HQ SACT Multi-National Ceremonial Detail is comprised of active-duty Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs) assigned to NATO headquarters just outside Naval Base Norfolk in Virginia and represent the 29 member nations of the NATO Alliance.