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Langholm Town Band celebrates 200-year anniversary

Langholm Town Band. Photo: Langholm Town Band.

It's been going since 1815, and Langholm Town Band is celebrating its 200th anniversary in style, by performing in Edinburgh tonight.

The band's been invited by the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo to Usher Hall, where they will bring the Battle's decisive moments to life through a dramatic musical and theatrical performance.

They will perform on their own, and with a 300-strong massed band:

Langholm has an incredible history and to be a small part of that is special.

However, amongst all the bicentenary events, the opportunity to perform at the Battle of Waterloo celebration organised by the Military Tattoo musicians and choreographers at the Usher Hall is one that the band is very excited about.

It's a real honour to take part in such a prestigious event.

– Chris Shanks, Musical Director

This is a performance with personal significance for the band - their first significant appearance was for the return of the Scots Greys, from the battle.

The officer commanding the Royal Scots Greys was so impressed, he presented the band with part of the brass from his horse's harness, which is now known as the Band Buckle.

The Band Buckle. Credit: Langholm Brass Band

It is a huge pleasure and a privilege to have the Langholm Town Band involved in the Eve of Waterloo concert.

The band has strong historical links to the events in 1815. It is rare for any band to have a pedigree stretching back over 200 years and the link with the Royal Scots Greys - my own regiment, now the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards - parading through Langholm after the battle makes the collaboration all the more special."

– Brigadier David Allfrey, producer of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and the Eve of Waterloo concert