Our little band from Montana did their part to help break the record for the largest pipe band ever assembled! More than 8,000 pipers and drummers marched from Edinburgh Castle, down the Royal Mile and along Princes Street before a crowd of more than a million spectators.
The Montana Highlanders were the first American band in the parade lineup. The 8,000 were broken up into divisions of about 100 pipers and drummers, each division having its own Drum Major. Our Highlanders were in the fourth division and their Drum Major, Hamish MacEwan, was a real crowd-pleaser. He put on quite a show!
About half of our group was fortunate to attend the opening
night performance of the world-reknown Military Tattoo. It was a grand
show, performed on the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle, complete with
lighted torches, cannon fire, and the lone piper playing high on the
Castle battlement. Military pipe, drum and brass bands from all over
the world, as well as a troupe of Maiori performers, a group of Zulu
warriors, and highland dancers entertained a rapt audience.
Our heart-felt thanks to Thomas Grotrean, Magnus Orr and the many hundreds of volunteers who worked so hard to make the Millennium March such a remarkable experience.