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Military Tattoo - MEDIA ADVISORY

May 12, 2016

The Governor General and Commander-in-Chief’s Military Tattoo

OTTAWA—The public is invited to an afternoon of music, marching, pageantry and precision at the Governor General and Commander-in-Chief’s Military Tattoo on Saturday, May 14, 2016, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Rideau Hall.

This exciting spectacle will feature Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) massed military bands, pipes and drums, highland dancers, a 100-person guard of honour and a 21-gun salute. The tattoo will also showcase historical re-enactments and Aboriginal cultural elements. The event is free of charge and will take place rain or shine.

Below is the sequence of events (approximate timings) and highlights:

2 p.m. – Opening Sequence

  • March on of the Guard
  • “Royal Salute,” which includes a 21-gun salute
  • The Governor General inspects the 100-person guard of honour
  • The Governor General delivers remarks

2:25 p.m. – The Royal Military College Canada (RMCC) Sequence

  • Pipes and drums
  • Highland dancers
  • Aboriginal cultural performance
  • Historical re-enactment from Old 18 Historical Drill Team / Gun Run

3:05 p.m. – The Regimental Band of the Governor General’s Foot Guards

  • Music from Star Wars 

3:15 p.m. – The Central Band of the Canadian Armed Forces

  • Traditional and contemporary military music

3:30 p.m. – The Canadian Armed Forces Massed Brass and Reed Band

  • Performance of “Snake Fence Country”, a tribute to the late Canadian composer Howard Cable

3:40 p.m. – Finale Sequence

  • March on of the Guard
  • Massed bands
  • Singing of “O Canada”
  • “Royal Salute”


Members of the media wishing to cover the event are asked to confirm their attendance in advance with the Rideau Hall Press Office and to be on-site between 1:45 p.m. and 4 p.m.


Media information:

Josephine Laframboise
Rideau Hall Press Office
613-668-1929 (cell)



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