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BAND OF THE COLDSTREAM GUARDS AND THE PIPES, DRUMS AND DANCERS OF THE ROYAL SCOTS DRAGOON GUARDS

December 12, 2007
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR THE ARTS
WELCOMES
BAND OF THE COLDSTREAM GUARDS AND
THE PIPES, DRUMS AND DANCERS OF
THE ROYAL SCOTS DRAGOON GUARDS
Sunday, Jan. 20, 2008 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.


FAIRFAX, Va., Dec. 6, 2007 – The Band of the Coldstream Guards and the Pipes, Drums and Dancers of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards take the stage at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts on Sunday, Jan. 20 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. for a splendid program of pomp and pageantry. Audiences thrill to the rousing marches, inspiring anthems, ceremonial fanfares and classical medleys as these illustrious regiments proudly share their heritage in a colorful, awe-inspiring and moving performance. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticketholders, begins 45 minutes prior to each performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III.

With a military lineage that dates back to the 17th century, both of these regiments stir the soul with their medleys of sea songs, evocative bagpipe renditions and ceremonial marches, including an exciting tribute to John Philip Sousa. The tank crew of the members of the Pipes and Drums of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards gained international renown for their chart-topping recording of “Amazing Grace” in the 1970s.

The Coldstream Guards is the oldest regiment in the British Army on regular active duty, and one of the oldest regiments in the world, dating back to 1650, when it was founded by George Monck, a general in Oliver Cromwell’s army. While a “Band of Music” was created early on in the regiment’s existence, the Band of the Coldstream Guards officially formed in May 1785. More than 100 years later, the Coldstream became the first band to visit North America when it traveled to Canada in 1903. Over the course of its history, the members of the Band of the Coldstream Guards have performed state, court and ceremonial duties as well as private engagements, while also doubling as medical assistants for the regiment. Now under the musical direction of Major Graham Jones, the band has experienced an intense period of international touring in the past 10 years, visiting battalions stationed abroad and performing both private and commercial performances.

Scotland’s only cavalry regiment, the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards was formed in 1971 by the union of the 3rd Carabiniers and the Royal Scots Greys, with a history dating back to 1678. The Pipes and Drums of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards originated as a small pipe band. Famous for their horsemanship and military efficiency as well as for their musical talent, the band members are soldiers in Scotland's cavalry working on crews of tanks in addition to playing their instruments. In November 2007, the Pipes and Drums of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards released "Spirit Of The Glen" (produced by Jon Cohen on the Universal Music label), an album of traditional Scottish songs and classical numbers that have inspired soldiers for centuries.


PNC is the 2007-08 Season Sponsor of Great Performances at Mason.

Tickets for BAND OF THE COLDSTREAM GUARDS AND THE PIPES, DRUMS AND DANCERS OF THE ROYAL SCOTS DRAGOON GUARDS are $48, $40, $24. 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.

About George Mason University

George Mason University, located in the heart of Northern Virginia’s technology corridor near Washington, D.C., is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in a range of academic fields. With strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering, information technology, biotechnology and health care, Mason prepares its students to succeed in the work force and meet the needs of the region and the world. Mason professors conduct groundbreaking research in areas such as cancer, climate change, information technology and the biosciences, and Mason’s Center for the Arts brings world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Its School of Law is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 35 law schools in the United States.