I attended, for the first time, Saturday's Military Tattoo and it was a fantastic show even though it was, unfortunately, only about 2/3 full of attendees.
My wife and I bought tickets about 7pm and had front row seats (actually, Row 4, 2 rows behind the Bulldogs bench) with about the best view possible. Like sitting at the 55 yard line, front row at a TiCat's game. During the live volley re-enactment, we were in the direct line of fire during the second round of shots.
Hamilton's own fiddling boy wonder Liam McGlashon played some pre-show tunes and it was only a warm-up to the start of a great evening's entertainment.
The sound of the combined pipe bands, along with the "brass" bands, was rousing and sent shivers up my spine.
The Irish and Scottish dancers (from Hamilton and area) showed phenomenal skill, talent and energy, as did the dance ensemble from Quebec (amazing how they can all keep up the energy for so long).
Being a half-assed drummer myself (cough), I really enjoyed and appreciated the drumlines by the various bands. If anyone has seen the movie Drumline, they'll have a feel for what was performed.
IMO, the most polished performance (and highly patriotic of course ) was by the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Band from N Carolina, the subject of this thread.
It was spit & polish from start to finish, with moves (and formations) and talent sharp as tacks (and perhaps the best drumline too… IMO)
The finale with all performers on hand had the whole place on it's feet.
Overall, a very moving and enjoyable event.
I highly recommend the Tattoo for anyone wishing to be entertained for 2 1/2 hours (performance on Sunday at 2:30pm).
(I have another observation to make but I'm hesitant as it will no doubt be taken the wrong way. I'll hold my tongue for now.)