QSM for Gallipoli piper
The piper who played at Chunuk Bair for last year’s Anzac Day centenary commemorations has been awarded the Queen’s Service Medal.
One of New Zealand’s top bagpipers, Palmerston North’s Murray Mansfield has played in nine World Championships in Scotland as a member of the City of Wellington, the New Zealand Police and Manawatu Scottish Pipe Bands.
Currently with Wellington’s Red Hackles, Murray is a multi-winner of New Zealand’s premier solo piping competitions including Colin Craig Claidhmor, Silver Chanter, the Brown Cup, Hastings Highland Games, and Waipu Highland games among others.
A piping tutor at the National Piping Summer Schools at Palmerston North and Christchurch since 1997, he has tutored pipe bands in Marlborough, Nelson, Wairarapa, Manawatu and Tawa since 1991, and solo pipers.
Designated Queens Piper for the 2003 Royal Visit to New Zealand, Murray was appointed Lone Piper for several significant events including Sir Edmund Hillary’s funeral and the 90th anniversary and centenary Anzac Day ceremonies at Gallipoli.
He says if people don’t take care of the tradition, the pipes are an instrument that could die off.
‘‘I’m teaching seven kids at the moment, which I do in my own time.’’
Former airforce engineer Murray Mansfield adds another accolade to his distinguished bagpiping accomplishments.