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THE BAND OF THE IRISH GUARDS AND THE PIPES AND DRUMS OF THE ROYAL REGIMENTS OF SCOTLAND

December 9, 2009
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS

PRESENTS

THE BAND OF THE IRISH GUARDS AND

THE PIPES AND DRUMS

OF THE ROYAL REGIMENT OF SCOTLAND

Sunday, Jan. 24, 2010 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

  

FAIRFAX, Va., Dec. 9, 2009The Band of the Irish Guards and the Pipes of Drums of the Royal Regiment of Scotland bring all of the pomp and grandeur of the British Empire to George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall on Sunday, Jan. 24 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. This tour features the United States debut of the Band of the Irish Guards. This performance is family friendly, and tickets are half price for youth through grade 12 when accompanied by an adult. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III.

Renowned across the globe, these ensembles lift spirits with rousing marches, sailor ballads and Celtic folk songs. The program opens with a fanfare and the Irish greeting “Céad Mile Fáilte” (A Hundred Thousand Welcomes) and includes numerous traditional songs from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales; the national anthems of Great Britain and the United States; popular melodies such as “Greensleeves,” “Ode to Joy” and “Amazing Grace”; and a spirited tribute to the American armed forces.

A group of gifted musicians gathered by Queen Victoria, the Band of the Irish Guards was founded in 1900 to commemorate the bravery of the Irish Regiments, and quickly gained a reputation for excellence. The band’s responsibility was to inspire an espirit-de-corps among the troops, and it traveled extensively through both World Wars to give morale-boosting performances for those on active service. With 49 musicians in its ranks, the band’s main duty is to play with four Foot Guards Bands for the Mounting of The Queen’s Guard at Buckingham Palace, and for state ceremonial occasions and public duties. In addition, the band has toured around the world, and is recognized as the first band to perform in the Imperial Palace in Japan for the Empress and two Crown Princesses. The band has also made many television and radio broadcast appearances, including The Queen’s 80th Birthday Celebrations in 2006. In addition to their musical activities, members are trained to give support to Army medical services in the event of mobilization, and have assisted in the first Gulf War and Kosovo.

The Royal Regiment of Scotland first came into being in 1881 with the union of two distinguished Scottish regiments, the 91st Argyll Highlanders and the 93rd Sutherland Highlanders, which had been formed during the reign of King George III. The regiments participated in numerous major campaigns, including the Battle of Waterloo during the Napoleonic Wars, the Battle of New Orleans and the Battle of Balaklava during the Crimean War, which earned them the moniker “The Thin Red Line.” The battalion became part of the Royal Regiment of Scotland in March 2006, forming the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 5th battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland, and is now based in Canterbury, Kent in England. The regiment is set to receive its new colors in 2010.

 

Tickets for the BAND OF THE IRISH GUARD AND THE PIPES AND DRUMS OF THE ROYAL REGIMENT OF SCOTLAND are $48, $40, $24. Family Friendly! Youth through grade 12, half price when accompanied by an adult. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit www.gmu.edu/cfa. 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.

About Great Performances at Mason

Great Performances at Mason is a program of George Mason University's Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA). CVPA provides an academic environment in which the arts are explored as individual disciplines and interdisciplinary forms that strengthen one another. The college prepares students for careers as creators, performers, teachers, scholars, arts leaders and arts entrepreneurs. Understanding that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the college, welcomes a variety of professional and world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Students have the opportunity to perform, create and exhibit their work in a wide variety of public venues including a 2,000-seat Concert Hall. CVPA is home to the Schools of Music, Dance and Art, the Department of Theater, as well as the Computer Game Design, Arts Management and Film and Video Studies programs.

About George Mason University

Named the #1 national university to watch in the 2009 rankings of U.S. News & World Report, George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with global distinction in a range of academic fields. Located in Northern Virginia near Washington, D.C., Mason provides students access to diverse cultural experiences and the most sought-after internships and employers in the country.  Mason offers strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering and information technology, organizational psychology, health care and visual and performing arts. With Mason professors conducting groundbreaking research in areas such as climate change, public policy and the biosciences, George Mason University is a leading example of the modern, public university.