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Beating Retreat Ceremony

Beating Retreat Ceremony

India Republic Day Festivities Come To A Grand Finale With Special MilitaryParades Supported by Shure

New Delhi, January 29, 2016 - The Beating Retreat ceremony in New Delhi marks the finale of the 3-day Republic Day celebrations in India. Conducted at sunset on the evening of January 29, the ceremony remembers an old military tradition of signaling soldiers to retreat from war, with the sound of bugles across the battlefield calling a halt to the fighting.

With the President of India being the chief guest of this function, the annual ceremony features live performances of the massed bands of the three wings of the armed forces, the Indian Army, Indian Navy, and Indian Air Force. The 2016 retreat also saw the first appearance of marching bands from Central Armed Police Forces and the Delhi Police, being joined by the Army Symphony Orchestra and Traditional Ensemble. For the first time in the event’s history and also this year’s highlight, the ceremony had a special jugalbandi performance, a duet of two solo musicians in Indian classical music, between the bands of the army and navy.

To ensure an unforgettable ceremony, the Government of India hired the services of Mumbai-based Sound & Light Professionals. The rental company decided to use Shure equipment to capture the various musical live performances, and Sun Infonet, Shure authorized distributor in India, further provided the full technical support of their engineers and technicians to make this event a musical success.

The biggest challenge in terms sound reinforcement was the miking of the mobile marching band, which was overcome using a total of 22 channels of the Shure UHF-R Wireless System. The six lead saxophone players were equipped with UR1 bodypacks and WB98H/C gooseneck instrument microphones clipped directly onto the instrument. A combination of MX202 overhead cardioid microphones with UR1 bodypacks, and SM81 unidirectional condenser microphones with UR3 plug-on transmitters were used to capture other instruments, including the brass section consisting of trumpets and trombones, woodwind section of clarinets and flutes, and a percussion section of low drum, snares and cymbals. The entire wireless system, used together with UA874 Active Directional Antennas for improved signal reception, was configured and monitored via Wireless Workbench 6 (WWB 6) software.

In addition to individual musicians being equipped with wireless systems, several VP89L long shotgun microphones were also used at various locations to capture the ambient sounds of the various marching bands. The ceremony also featured sit-down performances by the bands which included the use of traditional Indian instruments like tabla, dholak flute, but also horns, which were all miked with SM58 and SM57 dynamic microphones.

After completion of this magnificent event, Manish Mavani, owner of Sound & Light Professionals, commented “With such high profile dignitaries in the guest list, we needed to be absolutely sure about the reliable functioning of every piece of equipment, especially the wireless systems, and the Shure microphones did just that. With Wireless Workbench we were continuously updated about what was going on. Everything worked as planned and everybody present at the ceremony enjoyed the memorable acts put together by the various marching bands.”

Neeraj Chandra, Director of Sun Infonet, added “Sun Infonet feels proud to be a part of this historic event and to capture the unforgettable musical performances by the bands. We are happy that everything went to so smoothly and that the audience enjoyed the parade.”

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