MCV On the Road to Colonial Williamsburg for Drummers Call and Concert

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MCV On the Road to Colonial Williamsburg for Drummers Call and Concert

MCV is honored to have been invited to perform in the Successful Campaign concert at  Kimball Theatre in Williamsburg, Virginia  on Friday, May 20th. We thank Colonial Williamsburg Fifes & Drums for the chance to play again at the lovely Kimball Theatre.

MCV will also participate in Drummers Call at Colonial Williamsburg on Saturday, May 21st.  Several other fife and drum corps from throughout the Eastern U.S. and Canada will be performing during this day long event, featuring a  parade, a fife and drum muster and a torch-lit parade throughout the Revolutionary City in the evening.

 

Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo Media Launch

The Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo had their Media Launch day on May 27th and posted this video of introductions from most of the performing groups attending this year’s Tattoo.  MCV’s spot is near the end of the video.

Enjoy the video!

George March, Fifer/MCV Webmaster

MCV am mym Rhy

Fifers warming up next to Rhine RiverIt is hard to believe that our farewell party in Basel was just two weeks ago.  MCV’s experience in the Basel Tattoo was phenomenal and we all miss our friends and the city of Basel itself. There were many experiences during our two week stay that I could write a book about, but this post will try to list just a few of my favorite moments.

 

 

MCV’s daily warm-up routine:  tuning up in the Kaserne was too noisy (tho we did do so during some of the rainy nights) so MCV headed down to the Rhine River, which was literally steps away from the venue.  The fifers took up residence on the pedestrian path with the drummers a bit further down under some shade trees.  We often ended up surrounded by dozens of passers by that stopped to see what the heck was going on! This was a knowledgeble audience and it was reassuring to receive such positive feedback from the locals.
MCV drummers warming up There is a famous song “z’Basel am mym Rhy”, which loosely translates to Basel on my Rhine (River).  MCV were fortunate to have this experience first-hand.

 

 

 

 

MCV in the Basel Tattoo Cast BarBasel Tattoo Cast Bar: this was our first Tattoo that had a dedicated Cast Bar. It was just a dusty concrete room when we arrived but by opening night the space had been transformed into a sparkling Party Central for the 1,000+ performers.  Each night a different band would take the Cast Bar stage and show off some of their hidden talents not seen during the Tattoo.  Props to all the groups for entertaining the assembled masses.  MCV braved the stage one night and were received with open arms.

 

Making Friends: I’m sure this point was assisted by our ability to mingle with other groups at the Cast Bar, but this is the main pay-off for performing at Tattoos.  Where else would you get the opportunity to connect with musicians from Denmark, Finland, Russia, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland, Scotland, South Africa and the USA in one place?  And for the more adventurous souls, there were impromptu runs down to the Rhine to go swimming between shows.  MCV and DenmarkMCV and the Band of Flutes and Drums & Drill Team of the Royal Life Guards, Denmark, made a lasting bond, and a photo of our group photo on the last night of the Tattoo is posted here.  We hope to see our new friends again in the not too distant future.

The Roar of the Crowd: despite two shows per night, it was always a thrill to go through the gates of the Kaserne and out into the arena to perform for a sold-out house.  Our 7 minute set seemed to go by in seconds and was always well received by the 8,000 in attendance, whether the show was in the sun (early shows), the glow of the spotlights or in the rain (the show must go on…).  Always an honor.

Stuart Highlanders: our friends in the Stuart Highlanders Pipe Band did a terrific job for their first ever Tattoo and were well reviewed not only by the audience but also the production staff.  I am sure we will see the band back for other such events in the future.

That is it for me; it has been a great honor to participate in MCV’s latest overseas adventure.

-George March, Fifer/MCV Webmaster

 

 

Stuart Highlanders in Basel Tattoo

Stuart Highlanders in Massed Pipes & Drums

 

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MCV marching out of the Kaserne

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MCV Drum Feature

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MCV exiting the arena

Basel Tattoo Finale - Full Cast

The Cast of the 2012 Basel Tattoo

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Lone Piper at Basel Tattoo

 

Video from our last show at Basel Tattoo

 

Below is a video of MCV's show on Saturday, July 21, 2012. Stay tuned for wrap-up stories by our other bloggers this week.  The photos below were taken by John Whittaker, Stuart Highlanders and Leif Harder of MCV.  A beautiful double rainbow over the Tattoo grandstands and a view of the Rhine River that we had every day during our stay in Basel. 

George March, Fifer/MCV Webmaster

 

 

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Four More To Go

Sorry that our Basel blogging has been so quiet….our schedule has been intense! We had another two successful shows today and have just four shows left over next two days, plus the Tattoo parade thru the heart of Basel on Saturday. The photos with this article are the view of the Rhine River from our dressing room and the spectacular Finale. Many more stories to share in the next few days.

George March, Fifer/MCV Webmaster

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Four More To Go

It is Showtime!

Today is opening night of the Basel Tattoo but before arriving at this milestone we were a wee bit busy the past few days. Tuesday was arrival day which featured four hours of rehearsal. Wednesday was our one chance to run our show in the arena, this was followed by about eight hours of drill and music rehearsals in multiple locations. Thursday featured several hours of private rehearsals,one run through of entire show and then a dress rehearsal….in front of a full house! A successful day overall which puts MCV in good shape for one more dress rehearsal followed by a sold out opening night show at 9:30 pm. Stay tuned by posts by our other bloggers this weekend.

George March, Fifer/Webmaster

It is Showtime!

It is Showtime!

It is Showtime!