Marine Corps Base Quantico --
Quantico Marine Corps Ceremonial Band attended the annual Netherlands International Military Tattoo Festival Sept. 20 -29. Military bands from around the world came together at the Ahoy Multifunctional Center in Rotterdam, Netherlands, to perform music and display precision marching and patriotism. Chief Warrant Officer 4 Robert A. Szabo, director, conducted the band with the support of drum major Master Sgt. David Wilson.
This tattoo primarily showcased the Dutch Military Bands and Dutch Defense Forces Bands, in addition to emphasizing international military bands, dance groups, acrobatic shows and a grand parade.
“We were excited to perform and honor the Dutch Royal Marine Corps,” said Gunnery Sgt. Kristofer Hutsell, enlisted conductor.
The Dutch Royal Marines have a long and proud history in the defense of Rotterdam, dating back to before WWII. Dutch Marines were trained on Camp Lejeune, N.C., in 1944 to participate in the island-hopping campaigns in the Pacific theater. That partnership remains today.
As early as 1978, tattoos evolved from traditional European music festivals to fascinating international musical events, which help to commemorate modern peace missions and more.
Marine Corps Base Quantico Color Guard, Marines from Headquarters & Service Battalion and Marine Corps Helicopter Squadron One reenacted the flag rising on Iwo Jima, as part of the musical performance featuring more than 50 Marines from Quantico.
The ceremonial band performed theme music from Man of Steel, musical score, and The Marines’ Hymn Apotheosis.
“These songs were chosen because they represent the resolve of the United States Marine Corps,” said Hutsell.
Additionally, the band participated in the ceremony honoring the Militaire Willems-Orde, the highest honor of the Netherlands. The Dutch Medal Of Honor was awarded to two foreign units, to include the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne. The Army received this award for their participation in liberating Holland during Operation Market Garden in WWII.