KILGORE — Kilgore College Rangerettes recently returned from a trip to England, where they performed their signature routines for an international audience.
The Birmingham International Tattoo, an event featuring performances by military, school and college marching bands from the U.S., the UK and Europe, was held Nov. 23 and 24. The Rangerettes were featured performers at the event.
This is the organization’s second performance in an official military marching tattoo as they were featured in the Basel Tattoo in Basel, Switzerland, in summer 2018, according to Kilgore College.
“It has been such an amazing opportunity to bring a little Kilgore, Texas, and the USA to the beautiful county of England,” said Rangerette Director Dana Blair.
“In the last year and a half, this group has brought their All-American flair to Basel, Switzerland, Modena and Milan, Italy and now Birmingham and London, England,” Blair said. “There is nothing more rewarding than to see these young ladies perform so beautifully and be so impressive to other performing groups from around the world. It has simply been amazing.”
The Tattoo performance was well-received, according to Blair.
“The crowd’s reaction to the girls’ performance of the high kick and special ‘Texas’ skirt routine gave us all chills,” she said. “The audience roared and absolutely loved it. We could hear so many people commenting all around us, and we were so proud.”
In addition to performing for the international audience, the Rangerettes also had the opportunity to visit historical and cultural landmarks.
“The girls also loved experiencing the culture of the English people. They visited castles, saw the Crown Jewels and the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace. It was an exceptional educational experience for them,” Blair said.
The Birmingham International Tattoo, first held in 1989, is staged each year in November at the Barclaycard Arena, featuring massed military bands and displays, according to KC.
The festival features traditional military music, field gun racing, dancers, dog display teams and one of the largest groups of standard bearers with around 120 standards on parade at each performance.
Each year the event raises money for the Royal Star and Garter Homes that provide care for disabled former service men and women.