A US military pageant, “Twilight Tattoo,” is entertaining the public with a spectacle of patriotic music and maneuvers in Washington, DC. The military tradition began more than 300 years ago, when British troops were summoned by drum and bugle call to leave the local pubs and return to the barracks for the night. This event has been turned into an hour-long ceremony, called “Tattoo,” which signals the call to quiet down and hit the bunks at twilight time.
Pete's Big TVs/Performance Video Systems is supporting the event with a complete video package. This year's “Twilight Tattoo” began May 11, with upcoming events taking place May 25, June 1 and June 8 at Ft. McNair in Washington, DC. Presented by the US Army Military District of Washington, the show is free to the public and broadcast via live streaming on a military website.
PBTV/PVS is supporting View One, Inc. in this project. View One, a company owned by Tom Hanrahan, normally handles production of indoor shows for the US Army Band. Because this event was being held outdoors, View One sought the assistance of PBTV/PVS due to their expertise in the LED screen technology.
The video package includes a 12.6' x 21' wide Toshiba 10 MM LED screen mounted in a heavy-duty truss system, and a 3-camera HD switcher package.
View One Inc. supplied computer generated graphics and still images featuring flags, scenes of US landmarks and more patriotic themed photos. These were displayed on the LED screen combined with live images of the action on the field and the audience from Pete's Big TVs production system. The entire event is being output to the web for the live streaming.
This year's first show May 4 was cancelled due to possible inclement weather. PBTV/PVS's CFO and Crew Chief Dave Hobson says the LED screens are a perfect choice for the outdoors as they can withstand the elements.
The show educates about the military's role in US history and entertains with patriotic images and songs, and an exhibition of bayonet drills and marches. Taking part are soldiers from the 3rd US Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) and the US Army Band's “Pershing's Own.” Performances are by the US Army Blues, vocalists from the US Army Band “Downrange,” The Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps and the US Army Drill Team.
Describing the pomp and pageantry, Hobson says, “It's a colorful show. It's a walk through history.”
Live streaming on the web continues with shows on May 25, June 1 and June 8 at 7 pm Eastern Standard Time at http://twilight.mdw.army.mil/
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Photos by Dave Hobson
Press Release: Debi Moen, INK.