Cleveland International Tattoo

May 22, 2021: Spectacular performances of music, pageantry and dance celebrating those in uniform.

Cleveland International Tattoo

The Greater Cleveland Peace Officers Memorial Society® is proud to present the Cleveland International Tattoo May 22, 2021 at Cleveland Public Hall. Stand with us as we honor our fallen heroes.

Past performers include the US Coast Guard Silent Drill Team, The US Marines Reserve Band, Ottawa Police Pipes & Drums, The Red Hackle Pipes and Drums, the Cod Pipes & Drums, the Pipes and Drums of the Cleveland Police and Kennedy Jones!

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 children’s groups from the United States, Canada, Ireland, Italy, Scotland, Turkey, Australia, Ukraine, Poland and Greece.

Past Performers Performers

Marine Forces Reserve Band


Marine Forces Reserve Band was established October 1, 1978 and stands as one of ten Marine Corps fleet bands. The unit is comprised of active duty Marines stationed aboard the Marine Corps Support Facility in New Orleans, Louisiana. The band is attached to Marine Forces Reserve and Marine Forces North, traveling to numerous stateside locations to provide musical support for all units of the Fourth Marine Logistics Group, Fourth Marine Aircraft Wing, Fourth Marine Division, and Force Headquarters Group.

All members of the band are trained riflemen and fulfill Corps-wide physical fitness and combat training requirements, just like any other active duty Marines. The band is prepared to “Fight Tonight” and can be called upon to provide security, both domestically and overseas, by order of Marine Forces Reserve.

Functionally, Marine Forces Reserve Band performs over 350 concerts, parades, and ceremonies for more than 8 million people annually.

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.



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.

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