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The Performers for 2019 will be : The Band of  The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers The Emerald Isle Irish Dancers Combined Army Cadet Force  Band Derbyshire Army Cadet Force Band

The Director of Music

Lt Col Wayne Hopla

BA (Hons), ARCM, BBCM psm

 Lead Director of Music for Buxton Military Tattoo  2013 is The Director of Music of The Band of The Irish Guards and also Senior Director of Music of The Houshold Division.

Lt Col Hopla has served with The Royal Green Jackets, been Bandmaster of The Royal Irish Rangers, The Grenadier Guards and was appointed The Director of Music of King’s Division Waterloo Band, The Brigade of Gurkhas prior to taking up his appointment as Director of Music of The Band of The Irish Guards.


The Band Of The Irish Guards

The Irish Guards was formed on 1st April 1900 as Queen Victoria’s way of commemorating the bravery shown by the many Irish regiments which fought in the South African wars.  Fittingly, the regimental band made its first major public appearance on 12th June 1901 when King Edward VII presented medals from that campaign on Horse Guards Parade.

The band is now based at Wellington Barracks in London and provides the musical support for all major ceremonial events in London and at Windsor.  


2157 (Buxton) Squadron
RAF Air Cadets Corps of Drums

2517 (Buxton) Squadron Air training Corps is home to cadets living all over Buxton and the High Peak.

One of the talents which the Squadron is rightly proud of is the performance of the Corps of Drums. The squadron has a strong Corps of Drums who have been well established for a number of years now.

Our motto is “Supra Omnes”, which translates from Latin as simply “Above All”.  This is a very apt motto for a squadron situated in Buxton which is the Highest market town in England, making 2517 literally the highest Squadron above sea level in the Air Training Corps.


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The Pipes and Drums of 1st Battalion,

The Royal Regiment of Scotland

With such a rich heritage, The Royal Regiment of Scotland has inherited a wealth of Regimental music for both the Pipes and Drums and the Military Band.

Music is an essential part of Regimental life. Each battalion of the Regiment has its own Band of Pipes and Drums manned by soldiers who receive their musical training at the Army School of Bagpipe Music and Highland Drumming in Edinburgh.


The Royal Signals Northern Band

The band was an amalgamation of three TA bands; the Royal Signals, Royal Engineers and 6 Durham Light Infantry military band. During this period the band was lead by a distinguished series of bandmasters, namely Stan Peacock, Maurice Pope and Derek Farrington.

The band was initially based at Brambles Farm TA Centre in Middlesbrough until its move to more suitable practice facilities at Bradford Armoury, Darlington


The Derbyshire Army Cadet Force Band

Regularly supporting the Buxton Military Tattoo is the Band of Derbyshire Army Cadet Force.

Going into its 8th year under the leadership of 2Lt Peter Ward, the band maintains a busy schedule of events which in 2013 included playing at Buxton and  Malta Military Tattos..


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The Yorkshire Volunteers Band

and Corps of Drums


Erin Parker -
Sounds of the Forties

Erin Parker, one of the UK’s most successful wartime singers, performs some popular numbers from her show “Sounds of the 40s”.

This glamorous girl knows how to raise your spirits and bring you all the romance and excitement  of the war years.

Backed by The Nottinghamshire Band of The Royal Engineers, this is a unique opportunity to relive the spirit and charm of the 1940s through some of the nostalgic tunes we all know and love.


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126 (City of Derby) Squadron
RAF Air Cadets Drill Display Team

A firm favourite at Buxton Military Tattoo, 126 return with a new display for 2015, equally surprising and exciting as previous displays.

126 Squadron periodically train with The Queen’s Colour Squadron of The Royal Air Force and are proud to have been asked to deputise for them on occasion.


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Please note that performers may vary due to military commitments Director of Music Maj Ian Johnson Coming Soon The Band of The Mercian Regiment 126 (City of Derby) Sqn RAF Air Cadets The Nottinghamshire Band of  The Royal Engineers Coming Soon The Yorkshire Volunteers Band  & Corps of Drums 126 (City of Derby) Sqn RAF Air Cadets The Pipes and Drums of RAF Waddington 162 (Stockport) Squadron RAF Air Cadets Band 2517 (Buxton) Sqn RAF Air Cadets