2011 Scout House Invitational Tattoo Lineup

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The 2011 Scout House Invitational Tattoo, to be held August 20 in University Stadium in Waterloo, will feature top drum and bugle corps, marching bands and other special entertainment units in a salute to the music directors, bandmasters and drum majors who put music on the march in southern Ontario over the past half-century. Gates will open at 6:15 for a 7 pm start.

Tattoo organizers are currently in the process of contacting music leaders, past and present, to invite them to a special reception before watching the evening show as guests of Scout House Alumni Band. Anyone with the name of an individual who ought to be invited should email the information to scouthousetattoo [at] hotmail [dot] com

Names of many individuals have already been submitted, representing groups including Preston Scout House Band, the Guelph Royalaires, Toronto Signals, Burlington Teen Tour Band, the Canadian Commanders, Hamilton Conqueror, Trafalgar Patrolmen, Simcoe United Alumni, Galt Kiltie Band, Sarnia Marching Angels and Waterloo Concert Band. Deceased individuals will be recognized on the show program’s memorial page.

The lineup for this year’s Invitational Tattoo includes a variety of units chosen to guarantee a top notch evening of family entertainment: Les Diplomates du Quebec Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps, from Quebec City, Quebec; Burlington Teen Tour Band of Burlington, Ontario; Optimists Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps of Toronto, Ontario; Guelph Pipe Band, of Guelph, Ontario; United Alumni Senior Drum and Bugle Corps of Simcoe, Ontario; Twin City Harmonizers Barbershop Chorale of Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario; “HMS Ferret” cannon crew, a group of War of 1812 naval re-enactors; Preston Scout House Alumni Band of Cambridge, Ontario.

Les Dips will be returning to southern Ontario in August following appearances in the Burlington Sound of Music Festival Grande Parade on June 18 and the Welland Rose Festival parade and evening field show the following day.

Scout House was named top band in the Sound of Music parade after picking up the award for best parade entry the previous week in the Dunnville Mudcat Festival.

Burlington Teen Tour Band and Scout House gave the Band’s huge home town audience a special treat on June 18, with members of both bands standing shoulder to shoulder in a downtown encore performance following the parade to play “If My Friends Could See Me Now.” The two groups will play together again during the Invitational Tattoo. “Friends” is the opening number in this year’s Scout House field show.

The special presentation in downtown Burlington offered strong proof that music is a lifelong activity: the oldest Teen Tour Band members are 21, the youngest Scout House member is 21 and the oldest is 79. The average age of Scout House members is 64.

Tickets for the Scout House Invitational Tattoo are available in advance from Kitchener’s Centre in the Square box office at www.centre-square.com, by phone at or 1 (800) 265-8977 or from any member of the Preston Scout House Alumni Band.

Advance prices are: general admission $10.00; youth (ages 9 to 12) and seniors $5.00; children ages 8 and under free. Prices at the door will be: general admission $15.00; youth (ages 9 to 12) and seniors $10.00; children ages 8 and under free.

The Invitational Tattoo has picked up an impressive list of local business supporters and program advertisers, including TD Waterhouse, Fifth Wheel Truck Stops, RONA, All Industrial Services Inc., Pareto Energy Network, Scout House Band French horn section, Forbes Park Pharmacy, Nestle Waters, Cambridge Hotel and Conference Centre, Centre in the Square, Branch 50 of the Royal Canadian Legion, Greg Pautler Graphic Design, TD Canada Trust, The Record newspaper, Rogers “Daytime,” Cruise Ship Centres (Ken Becker) – Kitchener, Tyrolit Canada, GFW Technologies Inc., Conestoga Rovers.

Those interested in program advertising should contact Bob Barwell at (519) 621-7859 . Ad prices range from $50.00 for a business card size ad to $400.00 for a full page. Special prices are available for the inside front and back pages and the full colour outside back page.

Individuals who would like to see their name published in the program can become a Fiver Fan: in exchange for a $5 donation, the individual’s name will be published. During the last week of June and the first week of July, the Cambridge branches of TD Canada Trust will make Fiver Fan donation envelopes available at various branches. TD Canada Trust staff will collect contributions during this time period and up until the end of July.

For more information about Scout House Alumni Band 2011 Invitational Tattoo, visit the website, at: http://www.scouthousetattoo.com/

Posted by on Tuesday, June 21st, 2011. Filed under Current News, DCA News, FrontPage Feature.