Band all set to take it to south­ern­ers

Kapi-Mana News - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT - By KRIS DANDO

Tawa’s Red Hackle Pipe Band have col­lected plenty of tro­phies this sum­mer, but they face their stiffest com­pe­ti­tion this week­end at na­tion­als.

They have been clean­ing up their Grade 4 op­po­si­tion in the lower North Is­land. This was seen in their per­for­mances at the re­gional champs on Fe­bru­ary 9 and 10 in Napier, where they took all that was on of­fer – best street march, best set and best med­ley, as well as tro­phies for drum­ming, pip­ing and en­sem­ble.

Band mem­ber An­gus Camp­bell said it re­flected a con­fi­dence within the club, which has swelled its com­pet­ing num­bers to 20 in the past 12 months and at­tracted younger mem­bers.

‘‘We are de­vel­op­ing pipers and drum­mers and have great in­te­gra­tion for them into the band.’’

‘‘We’re on a bit of a roll at the moment.’’

While their re­gional per­for­mances are im­pres­sive, the lit­mus test is in Ti­maru this week­end. Last year they were the sixth best Grade 4 band and Camp­bell is aim­ing for the top three. We’ve done well here but those South Is­land bands will be lick­ing their lips to see how good we are.’’

Any­one in­ter­ested in find­ing out more about the Red Hack­les can go to red­hack­lepipeband. org. nz or search for ‘‘Welling­ton Red Hackle Pipe Band’’ on Face­book.

Cab­i­net re­quired: Red Hackle Pipe Band’s An­gus Camp­bell with the five tro­phies the band has col­lected in com­pe­ti­tions this sum­mer.

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