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Tattoo Show With International Military Bands Is ‘A Privilege’, Says Piper

"It's good when there's so much conflict going on around the world to have different nations all around us playing Scottish music."

A piper from 1st Battalion Scots Guards during the inauguration of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2018 (Picture: MoD).

A piper has described playing Scottish music with military bands from around the world as "a privilege - especially when there's so much conflict".

Sergeant Catherine Pounder was speaking after a pre-show practice for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, known as "The Big Blaw".

The routine involves 250 musicians and takes place each night, before they perform in front of around 8,800 spectators.

Sergeant Pounder, of the Pipers' Trail, said: "It's quite a privilege that they blend in with our culture.

"We feed out across the continents bringing people together with friendliness through music.

"It's good when there's so much conflict going on around the world to have different nations all around us playing Scottish music."

Military bands from all over the world take part including Australia, Oman and Malawi.

The event runs through the Edinburgh Festival Fringe until 25 August and has been sold out for the last 19 years.

Sergeant Pounder described taking part in the show as one of the best moments in her life, adding that the rehearsal alongside other military bands was vital to it going well.

She said: "It blends us all together as one big unit, one big team.

"(The Tattoo) has been one of the most amazing experiences I've ever had."