Spectators who arrived early for the show were entertained by the Band of the Cape Town Rifles (Dukes) in their red and navy uniforms with their white helmets. The band had set up their chairs and music stands in front of the ornate Kat balcony, and played a wide variety of music to get everyone into the mood for the 8pm start of the CT Mil Tattoo 2010.
The Cape Town Rifles (Dukes) is a Cape infantry regiment that was established in 1855. The regiment served in local South African campaigns and during the Second Anglo-Boer War (1899 to 1902). During World War I, men from the Dukes fought in France and East Africa, and during World War II, they fought in the Abyssinian Campaign and in the Western Desert.
The Dukes band, currently under Director of Music Captain L. Taylor, was founded in 1855 too, which makes it “the oldest surviving military band – not only in South Africa, but also in the whole of Africa”.
The South African Navy Sea Cadets is a registered 21 Section company that is recognized by the South African National Defence Force (SANDF). The first training unit (or training ship) was established in Cape Town as far back as 1905! The boys and girls who make up the continuation drill team attend school during the week, and only train on the weeekends. This training is not limited to basic discipline and drill, but they are also taught maritime skills (seamanship, navigation, engineering, communication, catering) and leadership skills.
Every night of the Tattoo, the Sea Cadets in their white shirts and black pants, ties and berets, formed a guard of honour, through which the functionary for that evening was escorted to his seat.
P.S. Information was taken from the 2010 Program Notes, which were compiled by Maj Dalene Coetzee of Cape Field Artillery.