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BLACK WATCH AND BAND OF THE WELSH GUARDS

January 23, 2005
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS PRESENTS
BRITISH POMP AND PAGEANTRY
THE BLACK WATCH AND BAND OF THE WELSH GUARD
TWO PERFORMANCES!
SATURDAY, JANUARY 28, 2006 at 2 & 8 P.M.


FAIRFAX, VIRGINIA, DECEMBER 15, 2005—The Black Watch and Band of The Welsh Guards, and The Pipes, Drums And Highland Dancers of 1st Battalion have escorted their regiments into battle for centuries in a spectacle of drama and majesty! The stage of George Mason University’s Center for the Arts comes alive with breathtaking grandeur on Saturday, January 28, 2005 at 2:00 and 8:00 p.m., with stirring music, a regimental dance team, and detailed costumes. A pre-performance discussion is held 45-minutes prior to each curtain on the hall’s Grand Tier.

The musicians of the Band of the Welsh Guards have been escorting their regiment into battle since its in 1915. Their first instruments were presented by the City of Cardiff, enabling the band to carry out the first King’s Guard Mounting on St. David’s Day 1916. That evening it gave its first concert on the stage of the London Opera House.

During the nineteenth century, The Black Watch served all over the world. In the Napoleonic Wars, it comprised part of the British Army at Waterloo. It also fought during the Crimean War, quelled mutineers during the Sepoy Rebellion in India, fought against Colonel Arabi Pasha in the Egyptian Campaign of 1882, and the Dutch South Africans in the Boer War. The Regiment raised 27 battalions for service on all fronts during World War I, and fought the “Axis” in theaters as far away as France, Greece and North Africa. Notable engagements during World War II include Crete, Tobruk and El Alamein. To this day, the Black Watch continues as a fully operational Battalion in the modern British Army.

PROGRAM SELECTED FROM:

OPENING MUSTER
The Band of the Welsh Guards March On
Rising of the Lark
The Pipes, Drums and Highland Dancers 1st Batallion The Black Watch March On
Wha Saw the 42nd

NATIONAL ANTHEMS

MARCH OFF THE PIPES AND DRUMS
Blue bells of Scotland

THE HEATHER MIXTURE
The Pipes, Drums and Highland Dancers 1st Battalion The Black Watch
Cullen Bay (Quick March)
The Jolly Beggar-man (Horn Pipe)
Circassian Circle (Reel)
Mist Covered Mountains (Slow March)

IRELAND’S EMERALDS
Endearing Young Charms/When Irish Eyes
Paddies March

THE SIGHTS AND SOUNDS OF SCOTLAND
The Pipes, Drums and Highland Dancers 1st Battalion The Black Watch
The Soldier’s Return
Granny Duncan
Sae Will Ye Yet

All
Marine Corps Hymn/Caissons Song

GRAND FINALE
Ode to joy
Amazing grace
Abide with Me/Last Post/Taps

FINAL MUSTER AND MARCH OFF
Scotland the Brave / Black Bear
Hielan Laddie

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Tickets for THE BLACK WATCH AND BAND OF THE WELSH GUARDS are $44, $34 and $21. FAMILY FRIENDLY! All children, 12 and under, half price! Charge by phone at
888-945-2468, or visit www.tickets.com. The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K. Visit www.gmu.edu/cfa



GREAT PERFORMANCES AT MASON is a program of George Mason University’s Center for the Arts, the professional presenting arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts. The College of Visual and Performing Arts exists to create an academic environment in which the arts may be considered both as individual disciplines and as interdisciplinary forms that strengthen each other. Believing that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the College draws on a variety of professional presenting and producing units where artists from across the country and around the world regularly perform, give master classes, work with students during extended residencies, and interact with the community in a variety of other ways. These programs at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall, TheaterSpace, Galleries, Harris Theater, and other venues, provide a diverse selection of challenging and entertaining cultural experiences for the University community, as well as Northern Virginia and the greater Washington, D.C. area. The College houses four academic departments: Art and Visual Technology, Dance, Music and Theater.