First, the reason tattoos are called “tattoos.” A friend asked the other day, and since I didn’t know the answer, I went and looked it up. Courtesy of the Wikipedia entry on “Military tattoo”:
The term comes from the early 17th century Dutch phrase doe den tap toe (“turn off the tap”), a signal sounded by drummers or trumpeters to instruct innkeepers near military garrisons to stop serving beer and for soldiers to return to their barracks.
It was really fun getting to watch the 8th Army Band perform at the Jinhae Tattoo. I caught all 5 performances, though I watched two of them from the “backstage” area. Bizarrely, the event organizers changed the order of performances for each show, which is rather unusual. Some of the other bands made some interesting musical choices, including words set to Albinoni’s “Adagio,” originally for strings and organ. Not the usual energetic patriotic fare you get at these events. On the first day, we were lucky enough to see the Korean Black Eagles rehearsing for their air show.
They were fantastic. Here are a few pictures of other groups that participated in the tattoo:
The 8th Army Band performed two tunes: “Uptown Funk” and “Unconditional,” an older K-pop tune that the crowds love. They did a fabulous job musically and visually – vocalist Tony Cooper somehow manages to do backflips and cartwheels while performing at level 11 every single show. 1LT Taylor Criswell came up with a terrific choreography and flew over to teach it to the band. I’m so proud of my husband and all these musicians; they work their butts off over here and always produce at a high level.