Bands seems in good heart

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Kapi-Mana News went along to the Wellington Red Hackle Pipe Band’s open night on Septem­ber 16 in Red­wood to en­joy the sounds of a full-on prac­tice.

One spec­ta­tor said be­fore­hand that it sounded re­ally bad when the band was play­ing dif­fer­ent tunes in the warm-up, but once the pipers and drum­mers got to­gether in sym­phony it was su­perb.

Band mem­ber An­gus Camp­bell said the band’s mem­ber­ship sat at more than 50, and young peo­ple were show­ing more in­ter­est in pip­ing and drum­ming to­day. Megan Brodie is the youngest mem­ber at 8 and Frank Clark is the elder states­man, at 78.

Re­cently, the For Ev­ery­one Char­i­ta­ble Foun­da­tion do­nated $4865 for new kilts and a move to Grade 3 for com­pe­ti­tions in­di­cated the band was on the up, Camp­bell said.

Porirua mayor Nick Leggett, the band’s pa­tron, has asked band mem­bers to be part of Porirua’s 50th birth­day cel­e­bra­tions and Anzac Day com­mem­o­ra­tions in 2015.

Pip­ing: Wellington Red Hackle Pipe Band’s youngest mem­ber, Megan Brodie, 8, dur­ing the full prac­tice.

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