Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts: Muriel Kauffman Theatre
Kansas City, Missouri
Saturday, 16 February 2013 - 7:30 PM
Some seats have been returned to sell for this previously sold-out event. Please order tickets online or call 816-415-5025. Our box office at the Kauffman Center will open at 5:30 p.m.
The Pipes and Drums of the Black Watch 3rd Battalion, the Royal Regiments of Scotland and Band of the Scots Guards will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, February 16, at the Muriel Kauffman Theatre, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts (1601 Broadway St.), in downtown Kansas City, Mo. The legendary pipes, drums and highland dancers of Scotland’s Black Watch will join forces with the Band of the Scots Guards for a celebration of four nations: England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. This performance will feature bagpipes, traditional military marches, drum solos, Celtic dancing and beloved songs. The colors will be presented by the Honor Guard from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo. The event promises a spectacular evening of pageantry and excitement for the entire family.
First formed in the 18th century, The Black Watch continues to serve as a fully operational battalion in the modern British Army. The Black Watch saw service in Iraq in 2003, when the battalion played a key role in the liberation of the city of Basra, and again when The Black Watch formed a battle group that was sent to help the United States Marine Corps during the November 2004 assault on Fallujah.
The Black Watch shares the stage with the Band of the Scots Guards, has a current establishment of 43 musicians and their principal duty today remains the same as it was in 1716: to play the men who are to form the Queen’s Guard to Buckingham Palace, to provide music while the sentries are changed, and to march the Old Guard back to their barracks.
In 2011 the band was accorded a unique honor for a military band when its fanfare trumpeters were invited to join forces with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the prestigious "Last Night of the Proms" concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall, playing “Musica Benevolens,” which was especially composed for the event by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, the Master of the Queen’s Musick. The Band of the Scots Guards has toured extensively, representing the United Kingdom on countless occasions throughout the world, promoting the very best of Britain. Its sight and sound is one of the great iconic images of the nation.
Presenter: Harriman-Jewell Series
Bagpipes, Traditional Military Marches, Drum Solos, Celtic Dancing, and Beloved Songs
Ensembles: Pipes and Drums of the Black Watch; Scots Guards Band