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This is how the big anniversary show will be

Published: May 2, 2022

From July 15th to 23rd, 2022, the Basel Tattoo returns to the arena with a great anniversary show and celebrates its 15th edition. The makers are dying to finally be able to generate enthusiasm and emotions again. Today they presented the program and the show concept. 1000 participants and a concentrated load of «Swissness», «Royals» and lots of bagpipe music await the audience.

The program promises magical moments and pure goose bumps. This year we are focusing on a lot of bagpipe music, Swiss quality and royal top formations.

With the Swiss Army Central Band, the «national team» of Swiss brass bands is represented at the Basel Tattoo. The Swiss representative orchestra has made a name for itself on various tours in Switzerland and abroad. The local heroes of the Top Secret Drum Corps guarantee a big spectacle and lots of show. The Schlegel virtuosos are eager to impress their fans in front of their home crowd. The diversity of the Swiss musical and cultural landscape is rounded off with the performance of Les Armaillis. They will give an insight into a decades-old tradition and cause great emotions with the song "Les Ranz des Vaches".

It will be royal with performances by His Majesty The King's Guard Band and Drill Team from Norway and the Band of Her Majesty's Welsh Guards from Great Britain. While the royal band from Scandinavia had amazed the audience at the Basel Tattoo in previous years, the Welsh Guards, a representative formation of the British Queen, are making their debut in Basel. Both belong to the "crème de la crème" of international brass band music and amaze with impressive choreographies, majestic uniforms and absolute marching precision. With Major Lauren Petritz-Watts, a royal guard is under the musical direction of a woman for the first time in the history of British military music.

Bagpipe myth

The Massed Pipes and Drums, with their 200 bagpipe players and drummers from four continents, will not only have their traditional big performance at the beginning of the show. A Scottish act with popular catchy tunes will put the arena in a goosebump mood. It gets rocky when the Red Hot Chilli Pipers grab their bagpipes. They have fond memories of the Basel Tattoo and can't wait to rock the arena again. The Scottish part is completed by the Flings and Things Highland dancers with their light-footed and graceful dance interludes, accompanied by the mystical sounds of the bagpipes. There is only more Scotland in Scotland itself.

"I'm really happy that it's starting again," says producer Erik Julliard and adds: "The Basel Tattoo Team, the OK, the helpers and all those involved are full of energy and highly motivated. We all can't wait to bring the Basel Tattoo back to life with the big anniversary show. It's going to be a great vintage."

Soloist at the Basel Tattoo 2022

Cameron Barnes, Solist

Cameron Barnes, soloist

Great Britain
Born in the Fife region of Scotland, Cameron has had success with several singles, reaching the Top 20 in the UK Singles Chart and #1 on the Singer/Songwriter, Country and Alternative iTunes Charts. A musical all-rounder.

formations and performers

Indian pipe band at the anniversary show

15.06.2022/XNUMX/XNUMX: And another highlight at the Basel Tattoo
From July 15th to 23rd, the bagpipes will take over the scepter in the courtyard of the Basel barracks. This year we're going one better. For the first time in the history of the Basel Tattoo we are presenting a bagpipe formation from India: the Kumudini Homes School Pipes and Drums Band. Let yourself be surprised by the mixture of Far Eastern tones, Scottish sounds and humorous interludes.

Bulgarian representative orchestra at the anniversary show

01.06.2022/XNUMX/XNUMX: Another highlight at the Basel Tattoo
Another representative band is taking part in the Basel Tattoo with the Guardsmen Representative Wind Orchestra From The National Guards Unit, Republic of Bulgaria. It complements a top-class field of participants from majestic formations such as the Kings Guard from Norway or the Welsh Guards from Great Britain - a band of the Queen. Their repertoire ranges from traditional marches and classical music to modern pieces. The commitment of this representative formation gives the Basel Tattoo and its anniversary program additional splendor.
Top Secret Drum Corps

Top Secret Drum Corps

The Top Secret Drum Corps has been touring the world for over 25 years. Their show always impresses countless visitors. They are at home in Basel and this is where they like to play best. Your new show is refreshing. To do this, they train a lot and polish every detail.
Swiss Army Central Band

Swiss Army Central Band

They are the «national team» of Swiss brass bands. The Swiss Army Central Band, the representative orchestra of Swiss military music, presents itself in its red gala uniform and knows how to combine different styles of music, sophisticated show performances and humorous elements with one another.
Red Hot Chilli Pipers

Red Hot Chilli Pipers

Great Britain
After their successes in 2018 and 2019, the Scots will rock the Basel Tattoo again this summer. They skilfully combine the folkloric bagpipe sounds with rock music. You call your style "bag rock". With their performance they will again cause a sensation and sweep the audience away.
Les Armaillis de la Gruyère

Les Armaillis

The world of Les Armaillis at the Basel Tattoo. “Le Ranz des vaches” also plays an important role here. This expression, which can be literally translated as "rows of cows," refers to a shepherd's song originally used to attract cows. The song shows a realistic overall picture of the primitive mountain life in French-speaking Switzerland
The Band of Her Majesty’s Welsh Guards

The Band of Her Majesty's Welsh Guards

Great Britain
The Band of the Welsh Guards was formed in 1915. She can be heard at state ceremonies and public appearances. Since April 2022, Major Lauren Petritz-Watts has been the first British Royal Guard under the musical direction of a woman. Under her leadership, the band will play a central role in the Queen's Jubilee celebrations.
His Majesty The King’s Guard Band and Drill Team

His Majesty The King's Guard Band and Drill Team

The Royal Guard from Norway stands for absolute precision in marching. As the band's history progressed, so did their musical side. The Drill Team showcases their skills at the daily changing of the guard and at prestigious events around the world.
United States Air Force Honor Guard

United States Air Force Honor Guard

The formation was formed in 1972 at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington DC. The drill team performs over 100 times a year at various events such as national sporting events or international tattoos.
Basel Tattoo Garde

Basel Tattoo Guard

The Basel Tattoo is the only tattoo in the world to have its own guard. It provides a worthy setting for the musical highlights from all over the world. The main task of the guard is to greet visitors to the Basel Tattoo at the entrances and to guard the gate.
Basel Tattoo Chor

Basel Tattoo Choir

The musical spectrum of the Basel Tattoo Choir extends beyond the military framework. So there has always been room for hits like "The Little Pub", "Ewigi Liebi" or "Weekend and Sunshine". The Basel Tattoo Choir has been here for over 10 years.
Flings and Things Highland-Tänzerinnen

Flings and Things Highland Dancers

Great Britain
The 50 graceful Highland dancers from Scotland inspire with wonderful choreographies and amazing dance steps. They also perform together with the Red Hot Chilli Pipers and create great emotions together.
Basel Tattoo Garde

Massed pipes and drums


The Massed Pipes and Drums is an international association of 200 pipers and drummers. They come from all over the world and consist of the following formations:

  • African Skye Pipe Band, South Africa
  • Drums & Pipes of the Cape Town Highlanders, South Africa
  • Manly Warringah Pipe Band, Australia
  • Marsa Scouts Pipe Band, Malta
  • Pipes & Drums of The Black Watch, 3 SCOTS, UK
  • Pipes & Drums of The Highlanders, 4 SCOTS, Great Britain
  • Pipes & Drums of the Royal Air Force, Great Britain
  • Pipes & Drums of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Ottawa, Canada
  • Pipes & Drums of the Royal Corps of Signals, UK
  • Swiss Highlanders, Switzerland

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