Bands seems in good heart
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.