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.

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