The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards - May 2004
The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards returning to New Zealand May 2004
For Immediate Release March 3, 2004
TICKETS ON SALE SATURDAY MARCH 6
Pacific Entertainment is proud to announce Scotland’s most celebrated group of military soldiers will return to New Zealand in May 2004 by popular demand, to entertain their wide ranging New Zealand fans with their internationally acclaimed pipes and drums routines. With military like precision, the 30 members of The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards will take in 10 venues in just eight days. On this tour they will visit regions they didn’t get a chance to when last here on their sell-out tour 2 years ago.
Joining them on tour is Scottish born Celine Toner, one of only a few New Zealand female vocalists to perform at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry as well as support Kenny Rogers at the prestigious NZ Mission Estate Concert. Another special guest is New Zealand’s sensational young violin virtuoso Ben Morrison returning from a USA sellout tour and appearing with Sir Cliff Richard. Concert promoters are ecstatic at ticket sales in Australia where a sell-out tour is expected prior to the Royal Scots’ arrival in New Zealand in May 2004.
Included in their spectacular evening of entertainment will be favourites including their Million Selling hits Amazing Grace, Mull of Kintyre, Maggie and Bonnie Scotland. Also included in their repertoire will be a track they have recently recorded with the legendary Mark Knopfler called Going Home.
The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, Scotland's only cavalry, have recently returned from Basra, Iraq where they quickly formed friendships with the local Iraqi people, in particular with the young children. They are now stationed back at their base in near Hanover, northern Germany.
They have recently published and released a book titled “Shot and Captured” which features the social and humanitarian work that The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, have carried out successfully, earning them wide respect around the world.
The Pipes and Drums of The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards have their origin in the small pipe band that came to The Royal Scots Greys in 1946 as a result of a demobilisation of certain Scottish Territorial Armoured Corps units.
The ethos of 'work hard, play hard' applies to The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards more than ever. In recent years, the Regiment has proven its ability to adapt rapidly to peace support patrolling. The Pipes and Drums, all trained tank crewmen, continue to uphold the name of the Regiment throughout the world, regularly touring America and South Africa.
Sunday 9 May
Dunedin Town Hall
Monday 10 May
Invercargill Southland Stadium
Tuesday 11 May
Wellington Town Hall
Wednesday 12 May
Napier Municipal Theatre
Thursday 13 May
New Plymouth TSB
Friday 14 May
Rotorua Convention Centre
Saturday 15 May
Auckland Aotea Centre
Sunday 16 May
Tauranga Baycourt Theatre
Tuesday 18 May
Hamilton Founders Theatre
Wednesday 19 May