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Issue No. 412 April 2017

Champion time for pipe band

The champion Bass and Tenor section.

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.”

The band – which celebrated its 80th anniversary last year - is ranked 12th in the world after its showing in the 2016 World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow. It is set for some hard practice and rebuilding as it seeks to improve further.

Also competing was Auckland Police Pipe Band. While missing out on the main titles in Grade 3, the band – which marches in 70-year-old ‘redcoat’ military-style uniforms – was judged the best turned-out in the grade, taking the ‘Best dress’ title and the ‘Display’ title.

Go to nzpolicepipeband.com for more about the New Zealand Police Pipe Band; or aklpolicepipeband.org.nz for the Auckland Police Pipe band.

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