Golden Eagles Marching Band Headed to Scotland

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The Golden Eagles Marching Band will perform in August at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Edinburgh, Scotland.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., June 5, 2008 — The Golden Eagles Marching Band of Southeast Missouri State University has been selected as the featured performing group in August at the prestigious Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Edinburgh, Scotland. 

The Golden Eagles will be only the fourth U.S. university marching band ever to perform at this typically British military event in its 69-year history, said Barry Bernhardt, director of bands at Southeast.

The Golden Eagles previously performed at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo in 1999, Bernhardt said.

The Golden Eagles will begin rehearsals for this year’s tour on July 16 on the Southeast campus.  More information will be forthcoming in the near future on a free Cape Girardeau community concert prior to their departure this summer on July 20, he said.

The Golden Eagles will travel to London, England, on July 21, and then to York, England, on July 24, with a special performance for the Lord Mayor of York on July 25. The band will then travel to Edinburgh, Scotland, on July 26 to begin a week of rehearsals with the international cast of nearly 1,000 musicians and will be involved in 26 performances at the historic Edinburgh Castle during the entire month of August, Bernhardt said.

The Studio Jazz Ensemble will be featured in the opening concert of the Edinburgh International Jazz and Blues Festival on Sunday, July 27, at Ross Theatre in Princess Street Gardens followed by a performance of the Golden Eagles. Both concerts will be performed to an estimated audience of nearly 12,000 people, he said. In addition to their 26 Edinburgh Military Tattoo performances, the Golden Eagles will perform in four parades and two mini-tattoos while in Scotland.

“The Edinburgh Military Tattoo is the oldest and largest event of its kind in the world,” Bernhardt said.

The Golden Eagles will be seen live by an international audience of more than 260,000 spectators and worldwide via the BBC by more than 100 million viewers. U.S. university marching bands have only been featured four times in the 69-year history of this event. They are California State University-Long Beach in 1980, The Western States University Marching Band in 1987 and The Golden Eagles Marching Band in 1999 and 2008. Bernhardt has led the last three U.S. university marching bands to this event.

Members of The Golden Eagles Marching Band will return to the Southeast campus on Monday, Aug. 25, just in time for the first Southeast Redhawks football game on Thursday, Aug. 28, versus Southwest Baptist University, he said.

The Golden Eagles annually perform at all Southeast Redhawks home football games as well as selected away games.  In addition, the band is in constant demand for special guest performances at many area high school marching band festivals.  This past year, the band was the featured university marching band at the Greater St. Louis Marching Band Festival at the Edward Jones Dome on Oct. 27.  The band performed for 48 of the finest high school marching bands in Missouri and Illinois with an estimated audience of more than 15,000.

Celebrating 51 years of musical excellence at Southeast, The Golden Eagles have maintained a level of high visibility throughout the United States, having been one of the most televised university marching bands in the country in the 1960s and 1970s with performances at an NFL Pro Bowl and NFL Super Bowl, and at the Foley’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in Houston, Texas, in 1990.

For more information, contact, Barry Bernhardt, director of bands at Southeast Missouri State University at (573) 651-2334 or (573) 651-2335 or bbernhardt@semo.edu.