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It certainly is not “all work and no play” for Richard Payn, a third year student in Natural Resource Management (NMMU George Campus), whose musical talents recently saw him travel to Switzerland to participate in the world-renowned Basel Tattoo with the Cape Town Highlanders. The Basel Tattoo, a musical display of top military bands, attracts interest from around the world.

Richard PaynPayn was invited to perform as a guest player with the Drums and Pipes of the Highlanders.

“The Drums and Pipes of the Cape Town Highlanders formed one of the centre ranks of the Massed Pipes and Drums formation which was the opening and closing act of the Tattoo” he enthused at his return to the campus. 

To add to this accolade, the Highlanders were also given the opportunity to perform in a pre-Tattoo concert in the KKL Concert Hall in Lucerne, Switzerland in conjunction with the Band of the Royal Marines.

“It was a huge success and we received a standing ovation for every single show”, Payne concluded.

The Basel Tattoo started in 2006 and has become the second biggest event of its kind since its inception, with the Edinburgh Military Tattoo being the largest.

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