The Black Watch and Band of the Welsh Guards to Appear at Center for the Arts

Posted: January 10, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Black Watch Band
Black Watch Band

The stage of George Mason’s Center for the Arts comes alive with stirring music, a regimental dance team and detailed costumes on Saturday, Jan. 28, at 2 and 8 p.m., as the Black Watch and Band of the Welsh Guards, and the Pipes, Drums and Highland Dancers of 1st Battalion perform.

The musicians of the Band of the Welsh Guards have been escorting their regiment into battle since 1915. Their first instruments were presented by the City of Cardiff, enabling the band to carry out the first King’s Guard Mounting on St. David’s Day in 1916. That evening the band gave its first concert on the stage of the London Opera House.

During the 19th century, The Black Watch served all over the world. In the Napoleonic Wars, it comprised part of the British Army at Waterloo. It also fought during the Crimean War, quelled mutineers during the Sepoy Rebellion in India, and fought against Colonel Arabi Pasha in the Egyptian Campaign of 1882 and the Dutch South Africans in the Boer War. The regiment raised 27 battalions for service on all fronts during World War I and fought the “Axis” in theaters as far away as France, Greece and North Africa. Notable engagements during World War II include Crete, Tobruk and El Alamein.

To this day, the Black Watch continues as a fully operational battalion in the modern British Army.

A preperformance discussion is held 45 minutes prior to each curtain on the hall’s Grand Tier.

Tickets are $44, $34 and $21; tickets for children 12 and under are half price. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit www.tickets.com.

Write to at