Thiepval lined up for 2016 Tattoo

Pipe Major Alyson McKnight and some members of Thiepval Memorial Pipe Band pictured at the Belfast Tattoo 2015.

Pipe Major Alyson McKnight and some members of Thiepval Memorial Pipe Band pictured at the Belfast Tattoo 2015.

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Tickets for the Belfast Tattoo, which will feature the Thiepval Memorial Pipe Band from Convoy, in the Odyssey next September, are on sale now.

The Tattoo will run over three nights from Thursday, September 1 to Saturday, September 3.

Formed in 1905, and formerly known as Convoy Pipe Band, the name was changed to Thiepval Memorial in 1919 to commemorate the many young men who died in the Theipval area of the Somme in 1916.

The band has a long history of competing: their first record was in 1938.

The present Pipe Major is Alyson McKnight and Drum Sergeant is Clarke Campbell.

The band competes at Grade 3B and its most successful year to date was 2009 when they swept the boards at Grade 4B winning Scottish, British, All-Ireland, European and World Titles as well as Champion Of Champions and Supreme Champion Of Champions. The band was upgraded to 4A in 2010, and further to a successful season in 2011, was upgraded to Grade 3B.

They will be joined by the Drum Corps of the Coldstream Guards and the Irish Guards and Pipes & Drums 2nd Battalion Royal Irish Regiment (NI) among many others.

Confirmed to participate in The 2016 Belfast Tattoo are: Drum Corps Coldstream Guards; Drum Corps Irish Guards; Liberation Band (Holland); Fanfarekorps Der Genie (Holland); the Regimental Band Royal Irish Regiment with Pipes and Drums 2nd Battalion Royal Irish Regiment; The Artane Band

The 2015 Belfast Tattoo Drum Major Display Team; Ravara Pipe Band - Ballygowan; Thiepval Pipe Band - Donegal; New Ross Pipe Band - Wexford; Marlacoo Pipe Band - Portadown; McDonald Memorial - Dromore; Ballinran Flute Band - Kilkeel; Dunloy Accordion Band; Vow Accordion Band; The Belfast Tattoo Highland Dance Troupe; Innova Irish Dance Company.

Box Office: Tel - 028 9073 9074 www.ticketmaster.ie
Special Discounts For Opening Night - Thursday 1st September