Maiden Participation of Indian Navy Band
The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is an international event of military music performance undertaken by the Armed Forces. In fact, the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is the largest tattoo performed in the world in the majestic, sprawling stretch of Edinburgh Castle Esplanade, Scotland.
The invitation to the Indian Navy Band to participate and perform in this prestigious event from August 1–26, 2017 is indeed a matter of pride and befitting recognition of the professional prowess of the Naval band. The participation of the Naval Band further cements the ties between the two countries, more so, when the Government of India and UK have announced 2017 as the India-UK Year of Culture to celebrate cultural ties and the 70th year of Indian Independence.
The Indian Navy Band had been practicing hard from the last few months to further hone their skills to capture the hearts and minds of the music enthusiasts in this international event. The band comprising of one officer and 65 musician sailors performed under the leadership of Commander Vijay Charles D'Cruz, Director of Music (Navy) who is the Principal Conductor.   
The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is a well renowned event with over 50 bands participating, and nearly 8500 visitors attending the daily performances. Apart from India, bands from countries like Australia, France, Germany, Japan, etc, are also performing at the Tattoo this year.
- Capt DK Sharma