Marching Music Leaders Guests Of Honor At Scout House Tattoo

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Preston Scout House Alumni Band has identified more than 175 of southern Ontario’s marching music leaders from the past 50 years and will pay special tribute to those who have passed away by listing their names in the program for the 2011 Scout House Invitational Tattoo.

The Tattoo to held August 20 in University Stadium in Waterloo featuring top drum and bugle corps, marching bands and other special entertainment units is a salute to Ontario’s marching music directors, bandmasters and drum majors of the past half century. Tattoo organizers are currently contacting those whose names have been submitted, to invite them to a special reception before watching the evening show as guests of Scout House.

The honor roll of deceased leaders includes many of the best-known names in the activity, including Professor C.F. Thiele, who founded the Waterloo Band Festival and nurtured it into the largest event of its kind in North America; Stan Biggs, the long time director and drum major of Guelph Royalaires; Wilf Blum, founder and director of Preston Scout House Bugle Band; John Robbins, who was associated with Kitchener/Waterloo’s Flying Dutchmen, Northstar, Dutch Boy and Dutch Boy Cadets; Don McIntyre of Toronto Western Tech Trumpet Band, whose members became top-notch instructors for many Ontario corps; Ted Reilly of Toronto’s Jolly Jesters; Ted Key of Canada’s Marching Ambassadors and the Drum Corps Alumni Toronto (DCAT) chorus; Doug Saunders of Ordinance Corps Trumpet Band and Leaside Lions Jungle Kings.

Individuals whose names have been submitted represent groups including Preston Scout House, Guelph Royalaires, Waterloo Concert Band, Toronto Signals, Toronto Optimists, Burlington Teen Tour Band, Canadian Commanders, Hamilton Conqueror, Trafalgar Patrolmen, Sarnia Lionettes, Woodstock Imperials, Kiwanis Kavaliers, Simcoe United Alumni, Galt Kiltie Band, Sarnia Marching Angels, Waterloo Concert Band, Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada bugle band, Cambridge Concert Band, Waterloo Region Police Band, Sarnia Sertomanaires, Hamilton Association for Community Living drum corps, Milverton Legion Band, Philippine Heritage Band,

Anyone with the name of an individual who ought to be invited should email the information to scouthousetattoo [at] hotmail [dot] com

The lineup for this year’s Invitational Tattoo includes a variety of units chosen to guarantee a top scale evening of family entertainment: Les Diplomates du Quebec Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps of Quebec, QC; Burlington Teen Tour Band, Toronto Optimists Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps; Guelph Pipe Band; Simcoe United Alumni Senior Drum and Bugle Corps; Philippine Heritage Band of Vaughan, Ontario; Twin City Harmonizers Barbershop Chorale of Kitchener-Waterloo; “HMS Ferret” Cannon Crew of1812 Naval Reenactors; Preston Scout House Alumni Band.

Spectators entering the stadium will be welcomed with a performance by Panwaves Steelband of Cambridge.

Les Dips are returning to southern Ontario 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.

The Teen Tour Band will be presenting the field show that will later this year be performed in Hawaii when the Band takes part in anniversary events marking the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Tickets for the Scout House Invitational Tattoo are available in advance from Kitchener’s Centre in the Square box office at, by phone at (519) 578-1570 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 a long list of local business supporters and program advertisers, including TD Waterhouse, Fifth Wheel Truck Stops, AECON, Ridsdale Metal Products, C&H Fire Suppression Systems, Colt Canada, RONA (Cambridge), All Industrial Services Inc., Pareto Energy Network, Scout House Alumni Band French Horns, Forbes Park Pharmacy, Nestle Waters, Cambridge Hotel and Conference Centre, Centre in the Square, Branch 50 – Royal Canadian Legion, Greg Pautler Graphic Design, TD Canada Trust, The Record newspaper, Rogers “Daytime” television show, Cruise Ship Centres (Ken Becker) of Kitchener, Tyrolit Canada, GFW Technologies Inc., Conestoga Rovers, Hometex, Cambridge MACK, Colin M. Brookes (Edward Jones), Preston Scout House Alumni Band Bass Drummers, Lou’s Lawn Care, St. Jacob’s Country Inn (Best Western), Saxonia Music, Waterloo Music, Brick Brewing Company, John Lysnes (Canaccord Capital), J.C. Waterworks Plumbing, Happyco Management Services, Preston Scout House Alumni Band Support Team, Preston Scout House Alumni Band Baritone Horns, D. Plumridge, K-W Granite Club, Buttle & Tavano Professional Corporation Chartered Accountants, Karl Kiefer, Gary Price, Howie Reality, Grand Valley Reality, Kelford Industrial Sales, DDK Duct Cleaning, Preston Scout House Alumni Band Colour Guard, M&M Meat Shops, Kingsway Fishing Tackle, Zehrs Markets (Kortright Rd. Guelph)

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Posted by on Thursday, August 11th, 2011. Filed under Current News, DCA News, FrontPage Feature.