Grace Peterson (right front) performing in the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
Grace Peterson (right front) performing in the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Ian Georgeson

Inked in for Tattoo

PERFORMING in the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is a once in a lifetime opportunity, but 19-year-old Grace Peterson can already cross it off her bucket list.

In January, the tenor drummer and former Woodenbong resident moved to Dunblane, Scotland, to teach drumming at Queen Victoria School.

Ms Peterson and some of her music students at Queen Victoria School will perform at the Tattoo from August 3-25.

The military tattoo takes place at Edinburgh Castle from August 3-25 and is expected to attract 217,000 people over the three weeks.

Her mother, Christine, said she was speechless after performing at the Tattoo for the first time on August 3.

"The atmosphere is incredible and she was lost for words," Christine Peterson said.

"She's having the best time of her life."

The musicians at the Tattoo play a variety of modern tunes in traditional military style and the show includes almost 1000 performers from the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Switzerland and Canada.

However, a spot performing at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo is considered rare and the young musician has been humbled by the opportunity.

"The chance to play at the Tattoo is a once-in-a-lifetime," Christine Peterson said.

"Most pipe players and drummers never get to do it."

Ms Peterson, whose two sisters and brother also play drums and pipes, previously attended Scots PGC College in Warwick, Queensland.

She played tenor drum in the college's pipes and drums band for six years and reached an intermediate drumming level.

However, she had to work hard to prepare for the Edinburgh show.

"The week before it started, she was putting in 16 hours a day of training," Christine Peterson said.

Ms Peterson will eventually return to Australia to teach drumming at schools.



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