Band Of The Irish Guards To Make U.S. Tour Debut

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NEW BRUNSWICK—The Band of the Irish Guards and the Pipes and Drums of the Royal Regiment of Scotland will perform at the State Theater on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010.

With the stirring pageantry of the pipes, drums, and dancers—nearly 80 performers in all—the companies present music from England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales, as well as the United States. This is the U.S. tour debut for the Band of the Irish Guards. Tickets range from $32-52.

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The program will include: “Amazing Grace,” “Auld Lang Syne,” “Hands Across the Sea,” “Skye Boat Song,” “God Save the Queen,” “Scotland The Brave,” “The Star Spangled Banner,” and more.

The Band of the Irish Guards were formed on April 1st, 1900 on the expressed wish of HM Queen Victoria to commemorate the bravery of the many Irish regiments who had fought in the South African campaigns.

The Regimental Band was formed at about the same time and consisted initially of 35 musicians and a Warrant Officer, Mr. C H Hassell, who was the bandmaster. The band quickly gained a reputation for excellence and in 1905 was invited to make what turned out to be the first of many tours of Canada.

With a current establishment of 49 musicians the band has a variety of professional ensembles that include a concert band, marching band, salon orchestra, dance band, fanfare trumpeters and several other smaller ensembles. The band’s main duty is to play, in turn with the other four Foot Guards Bands, for the Mounting of The Queen’s Guard at Buckingham Palace and for state ceremonial occasions and public duties such as Investitures, State Visits, Royal Weddings, Guards of Honour, Royal Garden Parties and, of course, The Queen’s Birthday Parade (Trooping the Colour).

The Royal Regiment of Scotland, also known as the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, came into being in 1881 with the amalgamation of two distinguished Scottish regiments which had been formed during the reign of George III: The 91st Argyllshire Highlanders and the 93rd Sutherland Highlanders.

Since 2002 the battalion has served in Iraq, Bosnia, Belize, Kenya, and recently returned from Helmand Province in Afghanistan, where the Pipes and Drums were deployed as part of the Heavy Machine Gun (HMG) platoon, working closely with the U.S. Marine Corps. They are due to return to Helmand Province Afghanistan in 2010.

For tickets or more information, call the State Theatre ticket office at 1-732-246-SHOW (7469), or visit www.StateTheatreNJ.org. The State Theatre ticket office, located at 15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and at least one hour prior to curtain on performance dates.


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