Norwich pipe band is to perform in Berlin

The Wymondham Dickensian Steam Punk Fayre event. The. City of Norwich Pipe Band play. Picture: Denis

The Wymondham Dickensian Steam Punk Fayre event. The. City of Norwich Pipe Band play. Picture: Denise Bradley - Credit: copyright: Archant 2013

A Norwich band is to perform at the world famous Berlin Military Tattoo this week.

Members of the City of Norwich Pipe Band will be travelling to Germany on Thursday to prepare for annual military music festival.

The event is said to rank alongside the Edinburgh Tattoo as one of the biggest of its kind in Europe.

Pipe major Roger Bayes, of Attleborough, said: 'This will be good for the band as it is nice to be able to do something a bit different.

'It has been a long time since we have done a high profile job. The last one we did was on the X-Factor in 2006 when we were the backing group for an Irish singer.'

The band was given the opportunity to perform after taking part in a tour of smaller German 'musikparade' events in February this year.

Organisers were so impressed with its performance, that it is was invited to the Berlin Tattoo, as well as the Moscow Tattoo in Red Square in 2016.

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On Saturday and Sunday, the pipe band will be performing alongside 700 musicians, including the Scots Guards Association Pipe Band, the Nottinghamshire Police Pipe Band, the Black Kilts Pipe Band from Germany and the Malta Defence Force Pipe Band.

The tattoo takes place at the Max-Schmeling-Halle in the heart of Berlin.

The City of Norwich Pipe Band was formed by two pipers and a drummer in 1978. It has appeared in a variety of local events all across East Anglia, and regularly leads the Lord Mayor's Procession.

Band members come from all walks of life with many learning to play the their instrument with the group.

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