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Tradition focus for military tattoo

Members of the Calgary Stampede Band of Outridders will be headlining the Okanagan Military Tattoo slated for Aug. 1 and 2 at Kal Tire Place in Vernon. - Michael Siewert photo
Members of the Calgary Stampede Band of Outridders will be headlining the Okanagan Military Tattoo slated for Aug. 1 and 2 at Kal Tire Place in Vernon.
— image credit: Michael Siewert photo

The Okanagan Military Tattoo will descend on Kal Tire Place later this summer with hopes of leaving a lasting mark on the community.

Hundreds of singers, dancers, drummers and musicians will invade Vernon Aug. 1 and 2 in what is being billed as a “celebration of traditions,” said Norm Crerar, producer of the Okanagan Military Tattoo 2014.

This year’s event will feature a special performance by the Calgary Stampede Band of Outriders.

“Having a band of the stature and experience of the Calgary Stampede Band of Outriders commit to our tattoo really sets the tone of the event,” said Crerar. “Other out-of-town bands are reassured that the performers’ list has some heavy hitters on it but the local bands and performers feel like they are heading into a major production.”

Traditionally, tattoos have provided an opportunity for civilians to witness the precision and professionalism in areas such as drumming, bagpipes and dance of military personal who have dedicated their lives to the defence and security of their country, said Crerar,

“This year marks a special year for Canada as the nation reflects with pride and gratitude on the contribution of our servicemen and women on the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War,” he said.

The Okanagan Military Tattoo 2014 will also showcase local musicians and dancers together with world-class performances by such groups as the RCMP Pipe Band, the Royal Canadian Artillery Band, the 100 voices of the Tattoo Choir, the RCMP Ceremonial Troop and the Massed Pipe Bands from the Okanagan area.

A special “salute to our veterans” will kick off the second half of the event and local firefighters will compete in a firefighter challenge.

The Calgary Stampede Band of Outriders was one of the first bands to sign up for this year’s event, and brings a wealth of experience to the stage, said Crerar.

The brass and reed band is directed by Jay Michalak and has performed all over the world.  One of their latest endeavours was performing at the Basel Tattoo in Basel, Switzerland.

“We are very happy to have been invited to perform at the Okanagan Military Tattoo in Vernon and the band members are looking forward to the trip,” said Michalak.

Besides performing with the massed pipes and drums and other musicians, the Calgary Stampede Band of Outriders have its own solo performance to wow the crowd with and will be the lead-in band for the finale.

Tickets for the Okanagan Military Tattoo are on sale at the Ticket Seller, 250-549-SHOW (7469) or online at,

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