Fairfield County native represents on world stage
BLACKSTOCK — Evan Johnson of Blackstock, a bagpiper who is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Johnson, has begun his Citadel career with a bang.
He was asked to join the Citadel Regimental Band and Pipes on their trip to Edinburgh, Scotland, to play in the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. This is the third time the Citadel Band has been invited to play in the Military Tattoo since 1991. They are the only U.S. military college band to ever be invited to play in the tattoo.
The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is an annual series of performances by British, Commonwealth, and international military bands and display teams on the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle. There were nightly performances throughout the month of August.
Each performance is accompanied by spectacular fireworks and light shows. The Tattoo is said to attract as many as 217,000 spectators annually. It is also televised in 30 countries around the world.
The Citadel Regimental Band and Pipes joins many world-class bands and performers including the United States Honor Guard and the Swiss Top Secret Drum Corps.
The trip was made possible through donations by Citadel alumni, many of whom have traveled to Scotland to see the performance.