A national youth pipe band is in town
A pipe band that is two thirds youth and one small dog is looking forward to an upcoming concert.
Members of the Ha¯ wera Highland Pipe Band are excited because this week the Foundation New Zealand Youth Pipe Band is coming to town for the first time.
Doug Hutchinson, Ha¯wera pipe band’s web master, said members had played in the national youth band in the past, and he hoped this would inspire their current young ones.
‘‘These are the best young pipers and drummers from all of New Zealand,’’ Hutchinson said. ’’They’re going to be visiting two or three schools and they’re going to finish with a grand concert.’’
The Ha¯ wera band’s event organiser, Liv Pittams, said the Foundation Youth Pipe Band was going to be training while in Taranaki, as well as promoting themselves and more.
‘‘It also encourages our young ones that they can aspire to this, and to be as good as our youth here,’’ Pittams said.
Hutchinson said the young people usually joined the band because it was different.
‘‘They enjoy it because it’s a discipline that they don’t get elsewhere, marching in and playing with a team.’’
‘‘At the moment we’ve probably got 12 young drummers and nine young pipers in the band of 25 members.’’
The Ha¯wera Highland Pipe Band recently performed in the town square to a small and enthusiastic audience.
‘‘We were displaying our young players, both pipers and drummers, and they enjoyed the outing,’’ Hutchinson said.
‘‘Some were in the uniform for the first time.’’
Pittams said it was also an attempt at building confidence. ’’It was for our young ones to feel comfortable in their uniforms and being watched.’’
The band also showed its new mascot, Bonnie, for the first time.
She is a West Highland Terrier and looked splendid in her tartan, Hutchinson said.
Bonnie is Pittam’s dog, and despite it being her first time around the band, she dealt with the sound well.
The concert is taking place on September 22 at 7.30pm at the Ha¯ wera Memorial Theatre.
While it’s mainly to do with the youth band, it will include other entertainment, such as Scottish dancing and singing. Tickets can be purchased from South Taranaki iSite.
The Ha¯ wera Highland Pipe Band has a high percentage of youth, and a new mascot, Bonnie.