Band all set to take it to southerners
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.