Oct 2015 - Malta Military Tattoo

The 12th edition of the Malta Military Tattoo, will be held this weekend, on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th of October 2015, at the Malta fairs and Conventions Centre (MFCC), Ta’ Qali. The Malta Military Tattoo, is a yearly event which features military bands and other elements which come together to provide a spectacular show for audiences of all ages. This event is supported by the Malta Tourism Authority. The music played combines popular tunes, with the more classical and these repertoires are all performed in the context of a Military March parade to provide a spectacular experience for everyone to enjoy. The music chosen appeals to all ages.

What makes this event so special?

It is a gathering of International bands together with our own Armed Forces Band, the Malta Police Band and the Massed Pipes and Drums. Making this an occasion to showcase the talents of these musicians and performers.

This year’s line-up includes:

• Band of the Armed Forces of Malta
• Malta Police Band
• Malta Police Precision Drill Team
• Massed Pipes and Drums – made up of local and foreign musicians
• In-Guardia Parade – a 15th Century Re-Enactment
• Surgat Female Marching Band from the Russian Federation
• Abu Dhabi Police Band

Ticket prices start at only €15 and are available from www.mfcc.com.mt or www.ticketline.com.mt,
or from MFCC offices on Level One, Millennium Stand, National Stadium, Ta’ Qali.

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The Band of the Armed Forces of Malta

The Band of the Armed Forces of Malta (AFM), formerly known as the Royal Malta Artillery Band (RMA Band), was established in the late 19th century (1890) yet it can trace its origins way back to the year 1800, when a band with fifes and drums formed part of the Malta Light Infantry Regiment. During the years 1939 to 1942, owing to the war circumstances, the band was put into suspended animation and its members served in support of the parent regiment, the Royal Malta Artillery. It was reformed in 1943.

The AFM Band was established in 1970 under the baton of Warrant Officer I Chircop Anthony. Today the AFM Band, which has a compliment of 43 musicians and is directed Warrant Officer 1 Jonathan Borg, is the only specialised Band on the Island. The Band’s President is Colonel Mark Mallia AFM whilst the Band Secretary is Major Edric Zahra AFM.

As a Military Band, its primary role is to fulfil a range of commitments in support of the Armed Forces of Malta on numerous ceremonial occasions. Its wide repertoire ranges from military marches to classical and popular music. Besides their duties as bandsmen, the personnel also perform all military duties such as basic military training, internal security duties and much more.

Throughout the years, the band had various opportunities to participate in massed–band displays, Military Band Festivals and Tattoos organized by the British Army of the Rhine at Monchengladbach, Germany. On other occasions it was invited to participate in Cyprus and Sicily. In the last decade the AFM Band was invited to participate in various military tattoos and festivals such as those held in Germany, Italy, Russia, Libya and Scotland.

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The Malta Police Force Band

The Malta Police Force Band was established by the Commissioner of Police, Lieutenant Colonel Henry William Bamford OBE in 1920. This band was composed of bandsmen emanating from the Kings Own Regiment and the Malta Royal Artillery, under the charge of its first Director of Music Mro E. Magro, being an ex-director of the Commander-in-Chief Orchestra in Malta.
 
Due to service exigencies, the Band was disbanded on several instances and was last reactivated in 1994, on the 180th. Anniversary of the foundation of the Force, when it made its debut in the presence of the Moscow Military Ensemble and the famous ‘Banda dell’ Arma dei Carabinieri’ during a March Past and Guard of Honour at St. George’s Square, Valletta.

Hence, this year the Band is commemorating its 95th year Anniversary since its establishment and the 21st Anniversary since its last reactivation.

Over the past twenty-one years, the Band performed on numerous occasions throughout the Maltese Islands which performances were enthusiastically received by those who attended.

In December 1999, the Malta Police Force Band participated, for the first time, in a massed-bands display with the Armed Forces of Malta Band. This event was held in Valletta to commemorate the 25th anniversary from when Malta gained its status as a Republic. The Band has been invited to participate in the Malta Military Tattoo together with several other foreign bands since its premiere performance held in 2004. In 2005, the Band also had the opportunity to perform in Sicily.

During 2002, 2005 and 2011 the Band recorded 3 compact discs which include some of the best numbers from its wide music repertoire ranging from military marches to classic and popular music. In 2004 a dancing ensemble was formed of band members for the first time in Malta whilst in 2005 the Band members started to make use of a new ceremonial uniform to compliment the original Pith`s helmet, which has been used by police personnel since the foundation of the Malta Police Force in 1814. During 2006, the Police Band was the first Wind Band in Malta to be complimented with the Pipes and Drums.
 
The Band currently has a complement of forty-three musicians who are all regular members of the Force, hailing from various districts and branches in Malta. The Band is under the baton of its Director of Music, Senior Inspector Anthony Cassar being the fifth musical director since its establishment.

The Band`s role is to fulfil several commitments in support of the Malta Police Force during ceremonial occasions. Throughout the year the band holds frequent displays and musical concerts. These are held during national days and other festivities organised by the Malta Tourism Authority, the Arts Council, Malta, the National Festivities Committee, the Ministry for Gozo, Local Councils and charitable fund raising activities in Malta and Gozo.

Band rehearsals are periodically held after normal police duties at the Ta` Kandja Police Complex. The Band strives to achieve the highest standards and aims to be a bridge between the Corps and the general public.

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The Abu Dhabi Police Band

The United Arab Emirates - On the 2nd of December 1971, the establishment of the UAE Federation was announced. Since then, the country has been racing against time to occupy the first position and to leave its unique thumbprint on the world map. Thanks to the insight of the wise leadership of the founding fathers, the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan and his Deputy, the late Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, exceptional achievements were realized.

After that, the march of great achievements continued under the exceptional leadership of H.H. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE President, and his Deputy H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, making the UAE a prominent phenomenon in modern history and a world role model. According to many global indicators, the UAE has become one of the top of world countries. It came sixth on the World Happiness Index, first on the Index of Government Efficiency Index, and on the Good Management of Public Funds Index.
 
Abu Dhabi Police General Headquarters - Abu Dhabi Police has gone along the same road of development. Having been established as a small guard force with simple duties, it started to grow and take shape under the rule of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Under the direct leadership of H.H. Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, the Abu Dhabi Police Force witnessed phenomenal leaps, entering an era of qualitative and strategic transformation. His Highness launched a radical process of qualitative development of the concept and performance of the police force to ensure distinction across all divisions and departments of Abu Dhabi Police GHQ. The process involved the development and qualification of national cadres on par with the world’s highest standards to ensure security and stability across the UAE.

Abu Dhabi Police Music Band, a success story

Abu Dhabi Police Music Band was established in 1963. One of the oldest functions of Abu Dhabi Police Band started with 50 musicians and received considerable support from the police leadership. In early 1967, a new section was established to teach music. At that time, the Band used to play only in military graduation ceremonies and official parades and protocol events.

With the exceptional development of the UAE in every field of life, the band continued to receive unlimited support from H.H. Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, which enabled it to add new musicians and modern instruments. Partnerships were also made with specialized musical institutes to develop the efficiency of players.

Another leap in its development was when it was restructured to include three musical bands:

1- The Military Band
2- The Heritage Bank
3- The Classical Band

The new structure reflects the needs of the UAE community where some 200 nationalities live in harmony, blending and interacting harmoniously to give the UAE community its unique character. To reflect this diversity, the three bands present national, Arabian and international music, participating in some 300 musical event every year covering all events and sectors of society.

The Band has been a UAE ambassador in several international music festivals like London International Music Festival in 1975 and the Festival in Germany in 2002 where the Band shared with some of the world’s best bands from Spain, Brazil, USA and others.

With the ongoing development of the UAE at all fronts, Abu Dhabi Police Music Band continued to develop its staff through expertise sharing and overseas visits to peer bands in several countries including Italy, Russia, Switzerland, France and Germany.