Po­lice, youth bands part of mil­i­tary tat­too

Fiji Sun - - Nation - MAIKA BOLATIKI Edited by Kar­alaini Waqanidrola Feed­back: maikab@fi­jisun.com.fj

The Repub­lic of Fiji Mil­i­tary Forces (RFMF) has in­vited the Fiji Po­lice Force and the Na­tional Youth bands to be part of the RFMF and band cen­ten­nial cel­e­bra­tion next month at the ANZ Sta­dium in Suva. Chair­per­son of the or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee, Com­man­der (Navy) Lepani Vaniqi said the bands would per­form march dis­plays.

“Only the RFMF Brass Band will take part in the mil­i­tary tat­too,” Com­man­der (Navy) Vaniqi said.

Mil­i­tary tat­toos are al­ways per­formed at night un­der lights.

“If you look at the Ed­in­burgh Tat­too, the light show gives the per­for­mance by the bands an ex­tra edge. Such events are tele­vi­sion spec­tac­u­lars in Europe,” he said.

“Sim­i­larly we have roped in the as­sis­tance of light spe­cial­ists from abroad. We can say that these peo­ple have been in­volved in big time shows abroad like Cold­play. So you can imag­ine what we hope to put up.”

The De­cem­ber 8 pro­gramme starts at 3pm, with en­ter­tain­ment from lo­cal bands.

Com­man­der (Navy) Vaniqi said the Third Bat­tal­ion of the Fiji In­fantry Reg­i­ment (3FIR) would be per­form­ing. There will also be a Hap­kido demon­stra­tion and other self-de­fence pro­grammes.

Mean­while, the RFMF Band has been re­hears­ing al­most on daily ba­sis as there would be no room for er­ror dur­ing the tat­too.

“For us, we are now re­hears­ing al­most on a daily ba­sis. There is no room for er­rors when we per­form in De­cem­ber,” band leader Cap­tain Semiti Gade said.

“Each act is pre­cise and like clock­work. We must dis­play our best. And to en­sure that we are prac­tic­ing, we are tak­ing only a few en­gage­ments this month.”

Ticket prices

Tick­ets will be on sale soon. Tick­ets are sell­ing at $30 for grand­stand, $20 for the con­crete em­bank­ment and $10 for the grass em­bank­ment. Chil­dren un­der eight years are free for the em­bank­ment only. Gates will open at 2pm.

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