The Boys’ Brigade to be joined by Colonel Donald G Ross OBE for Beating Retreat

Posted on: Tuesday, May 03, 2016

200 young people from The Boys’ Brigade will be joined by the Colonel Donald G Ross OBE, retired British Army officer for the 59th Boys’ Brigade Beating Retreat at Edinburgh Castle on Saturday 7th May 2016.

The event will feature the Massed Pipes & Drums, 10th Leith BB Band, Central Band of The Boys' Brigade and Bugles & Drums of The Stedfast Association; and will see them march from Parliament Square to Edinburgh Castle, performing a short routine on the Castle Esplanade.

The event is expected to attract around 500 spectators over the course of the evening, to watch bands from across Great Britain perform. BB musicians (bass, woodwind & pipe) from Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire, Fife, Stirling, Dundee and Edinburgh will all participate.

Beating Retreat is a military ceremony dating back to the 16th century when drums were used as signals in the battlefields.

Beating the Retreat was the cue for troops to retreat from battle as light faded.

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