Dark storm clouds loomed ominously just north of town when the Bulletin arrived at Oosterland’s Tattoo on Friday night. The afternoon saw rain threatening to disrupt the evening’s proceedings but as the evening drew on there was no more rain. Even the cold could not dampen the spirit at the school.
The Bulletin was treated to an excellent meal of Potjiekos and Malva pudding before the official start of the evening.
The opening movement was quickly explained and rehearsed as the early rain made it impossible to practice it before.
Springs Boys’ High participated in this year’s Tattoo again as the two schools have close ties with their bands.
The evening was opened with the two bands marching from opposite sides of the parade ground and meeting in the middle for a quick musical interlude.
There were a few other performers such as a dance group and the Drum Majorettes from local primary schools that performed to the crowd’s delight. Some of the majorettes participating are as young as 4 years old!
It was then time for the combined band to play. The bands formed one massive band and ended the performance with Amazing Grace. The sounds of the two bands playing together will linger long after they marched off the parade ground (Rugby Field). The two bands performed very well and the crowd enjoyed every minute of the performance.
5 Star Superspar sponsored a huge cake and everybody were invited to have some. In the end, there were still some left. Thank you to Spar for the cake! The Tattoo marked the end of Oosterland’s 30-year anniversary celebrations.