Double Dose of Diplomacy at the Final Scout House Tattoo

A double dose of drum corps diplomacy was applied at the 7th annual Scout House Invitational Tattoo, with the Diplomats Drum and Bugle Corps of Windsor, Ontario joining Les Diplomates of Quebec City in the line up for the August 20 field show exhibition.

Other groups which appeared on the field at University Stadium on Seagram Drive in Waterloo include the Hitmen of Rochester, New York; Burlington Teen Tour Band; Dixie Demons Jazz Band; Hep Cat Hoppers swing music dance group; Kawartha Kavaliers drum and bugle corps; Preston Scout House Cadets youth drum and bugle corps; Scout House Silver Leaves brass ensemble and the Preston Scout House Band.

The 7th annual Scout House Invitational Tattoo saluted the corps, cadets and bands of southern Ontario counties with the opening ceremonies including a march past featuring uniforms, flags and other memorabilia of various groups. Entertainment begins at 6:30 pm.

The Diplomats of Windsor made their first appearance in the Tattoo. The group was founded in 2012 as a non-profit musical organization dedicated to providing youths aged 8 – 22 with free music and dance education, with performance opportunities in various regional festivals, events and celebrations.

The Kawartha Kavaliers of Lindsay, Ontario, also appeared for the first time. The “Kavs” are popular performers at parades and other events in southeastern Ontario and upstate New York.

The Tattoo line up that year also included popular groups from outside the marching arts community. The Dixie Demons were formed in 1984 at Humber College in Toronto for a school function. Three decades later the Dixie Demons still turn heads and set toes tapping with catchy, exciting arrangements of traditional jazz numbers at corporate and private events, concerts, festivals, and clubs. The Hep Cat Hoppers dance group of Kitchener will translate those jazz tunes into dance routines from the Swing Band era. The Hep Cat Hoppers have been nominated for artistic excellence in the performing arts category of sustained development and positive impact on the Waterloo Region community. The group also offers private or group swing dance lessons and DJ services in Waterloo Region.

Preston Scout House Band Inc. is a multi-unit organization, offering individuals of any age the opportunity to “Arrange the soundtrack of your life” in marching arts activities starting as young as age 8 and continuing throughout life. These units are:

*Preston Scout House Cadets youth drum and bugle corps for young men and women up to age 22, Silver Award winners at the 2016 Drumline Ontario provincial championships;

*Preston Scout House Band for those over age 18, regularly performs at local concerts and parades across southern Ontario and in the neighbouring American states

*Silver Leaves brass ensemble, which rehearses in the winter for appearances at drum corps and community events and parades throughout the year;

*Magic of Scout House is a competitive winter guard. It is undefeated in its history with the North East Color Guard Circuit contests;

*Heritage Drill Team, with members wearing tight black shorts, knee socks, short sleeved burgundy tunics, white gauntlets and Aussie hats as in the 1950 and ‘60s.

Preston Scout House Band, Inc. is a non-profit corporation with registered charity status able to issue tax receipts to donors, incorporated under the Corporations Act of the Province of Ontario on November 29, 1956.

For more information about all Preston Scout House activities, contact Activities Coordinator Nancy Weiler at telephone (519) 653-3376, email prestonscouthouseband.adm@sympatico.ca.

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