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ONLY the finest musicians and
perfor mers are invited to per-
for m at the Royal Edinburgh
Military Tattoo at Edinburgh
Castle in Scotland.
As a fitting finale for the Queen's
Diamond Jubilee, when the pipers and
drummers step onto the Esplanade from
August 3-25, among them will be two
Pipers CMDR Dina Kinsman and
reservist LEUT Michael Challen are
members of the Australian Federal
Police Pipes and Drums (AFPPD) that
returned to Edinburgh on July 29 after
a previous performance in 2009.
CMDR Kinsman is the band's pipe
major and started playing when she was
12 years old.
After joining the Navy at 18,
she ser ved primarily at HMA Ships
Albatross and Wats o n as a supply officer.
She joined the Canberra City Pipes
and Drums in 2006, later renamed the
"They are a great group of people to
work with," she said. "It makes being
the pipe major all worthwhile."
LEUT Challen was on course at the
The Royal Edinburgh Military
Tattoo is a charity event, which
has raised in excess of £5,000,000
($7,500,000) for various veterans'
charities over the years.
The first Tattoo was held in 1950.
About 220,000 visitors from all
over the world attend each year.
A performance has never been
way to Scotland
ON PARADE: CMDR Dina Kinsman performs at the Adelaide Police
Tattoo in 2008.
former HMAS Nirimba in 1980 and
took up the pipes because he felt they
were "something different".
He played with a number of bands
"I then hung them up for 19 years,"
LEUT Challen said.
He started again when he joined the
AFPPD in 2007.
The band's musical career took off
when it performed at Russia's inter-
national military music festival in
Moscow in 2007.
While there, it received an invita-
tion to appear at Edinburgh in 2009 and
followed that with the 2008 Adelaide
Police Tattoo, the 2010 Edinbu rgh
Tattoo in Australia and the Basel Tattoo
in Switzerland the same year.
It also provided backing to Andre
Rieu during his concerts in Sydney and
Melbourne in 2009, an event CMDR
Kinsman describes as "an amazing
Despite the hou rs of rehearsals and
performances, LEUT Challen said he
was looking forward to being back in
'Auld Reekie' and catching up with
mates from the past, as well as enjoying
the spectacle of the Tattoo.
"Returning this year to again expe-
rience the rush of marching out of the
castle onto the parade ground, enjoy-
ing all the sights and sounds that the
Edinburgh festival has to offer and tak-
ing the opportunity to enjoy a well-
earned 'wee dram' with a group of like-
minded people from around the world
will be fantastic," he said.
CMDR Kinsman agreed.
"The highlight will be marching
dow n the Royal Mile and playing with
all those veteran British ser vicemen
and women who epitomise what the
Tattoo stands for," she said.
Two Navy pipers have been invited to perform at the Royal Edinburgh
Military Tattoo, Andrew Stackpool reports.
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