Cleveland International Tattoo

Cleveland International Tattoo

Spectacular performances of music, pageantry and dance celebrating those in uniform.

The Greater Cleveland Peace Officers Memorial Society is proud to present the Cleveland International Tattoo May 19, 2018. Stand with us as we honor our fallen heroes. The 2017 Tattoo featured the USMC Quantico Band as well as bagpipes and drums, dance and song.

2018 Event

Date: May 19, 2018
Venue: Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
2014 Sycamore St., Cleveland, OH 44113

Tickets available online and at the door.

Questions? Please call 216-337-3537.

About the Tattoo

Throughout European military history, musicians would march out from barracks at the end of the day to play signals and alert troops to return home before the castle gates were locked for the night. In the 17th Century, when these musicians called the soldiers to retire, the Dutch phrase “doe den tap toe” or “shut off the taps” could often be heard in the village pubs of Holland and Flanders. As these nightly occurrences became popular sources of entertainment to the villagers, they also became evermore elaborate. This popular tradition of public musical and drill displays evolved into the modern-day tattoo, condensed from “tap toe,” much like the solemn tune Taps.

Cleveland PiperWe invite you to enjoy the displays of marching, music, dance, and song by the finest men and women from across North America, and join with our international community in remembering the fallen heroes who have returned home for the final call. The entire community joins together in remembrance, fellowship and celebration to salute our safety forces, our military and our country.

The Tattoo is open to everyone, we especially welcome families of all ages.

The CIT is produced and coordinated by the Greater Cleveland Peace Officers Memorial Society (GCPOMS). Each May, the GCPOMS sponsors the Greater Cleveland Police Memorial Commemoration in conjunction with National Police Week and Peace Officers Memorial Day. More information on events happening through the week can be found in this flier.

The premier event of each year’s commemoration is the Cleveland International Tattoo. In the time-honored tradition of the military tattoo, the pipes & drums of numerous police departments throughout the United States and Canada, as well as marching bands, drill teams, dance and choral groups, combine their talents in a spectacular display of pageantry and music. The entire community joins together in remembrance, fellowship and celebration to salute our safety forces, our military and our country.

Cleveland International TattooThis family friendly, patriotic concert highlights the best musicians, dancers and performers from across the globe. Past performers include police, military, and childrens groups from the United States, Canada, Ireland, Italy, Scotland, Turkey, Australia, Ukraine, Poland and Greece.

2018 Performers

Coast Guard Drill Team

Coast Guard Drill Team

Members of the Drill Team have double duties in the Honor Guard. Their first duty is to the Honor Guard to serve in capacities to include: Firing Party, Body Bearing Team and Colors. When not involved with their Honor Guard duties, the Drill Team is on the road, representing the Coast Guard in a wide variety of parades, competitions and celebrations.

In order for the team to become one cohesive unit they practice five days a week for a minimum of two hours each day. They learn the special disciplines of ceremonial drill and deportment. They learn to precisely execute the standard manual of arms presentations. Most of all, they learn to work as a team, leaving any differences of opinion and racial, regional or religious background behind.

The result is a team of men and women who take pride in their reputations as one of the finest on-going drill team in the nation.

Pipes and Drums of the Cleveland Polics

The Pipes and Drums of the Cleveland Police

The Pipes and Drums of the Cleveland Police, formed in 1996, serves as the musical component of the Ceremonial Team representing the Division and the law enforcement community of Greater Cleveland at ceremonial events, parades, and civic functions. The band has performed throughout northeast Ohio, United States, Canada and Ireland. Sadly, in its short history their members have rendered final honors to over 100 law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty, and over twenty-five U.S. military personnel who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our country.


Murphy Irish Dancers

Murphy Irish Dancers

The Murphy Irish Arts Center was founded in 1978 by Sheila Murphy Crawford. Sheila is a certified Irish Dance Instructor and Adjudicator of An Commissum – the world governing organization of Irish Dance. In addition to her support of the Center, Sheila is an active member of the Cleveland Irish Community, the Ancient Order of Hibernians, and the Irish Cultural Gardens.

The Dance School has over 260 dancers; both boys and girls participate. The dancers range in age from 5 to 45. Irish heritage is not required, all nationalities are welcome. The Murphy Irish Dancers are dedicated to preserving Irish culture and the art of Irish dance.

Additional Acts


All performing groups are subject to change.

Welcome Group Tours

This family friendly event will entertain and amaze your group. Unique performances by police pipe and drum bands are just the beginning. The show also includes ethnic dancers, choral groups and traditional bands. Please be sure to visit our “about the Tattoo” page, “highlight video” page and “photos” page.

For questions about the show, please call 216-337-3537 to speak with a CIT planning committee member.