The New Zealand Police Pipe Band did us proud in the National Pipe Band Championships last month.
The band finished second in the Grade 1 category – to perennial winners Canterbury Caledonian Society Pipe Band – after two rainy days of competition in Nelson.
But the Bass and Tenor section was declared New Zealand’s best, pipping Caledonian by one point.
“It was a great weekend,” says Drum Major Andrae Peipi. “The weather was quite inclement but the band did very well through all that.”
Around 50 members made the journey – and it was the first time they couldn’t all fit on one bus, he says.
“Everyone was elated with our placing – we know we’re getting close,” says Andrae. “There are exciting times ahead.”