QSM for Gal­lipoli piper

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS -

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.’’

PHOTO: WAR­WICK SMITH/ FAIR­FAX

For­mer air­force engi­neer Mur­ray Mans­field adds an­other ac­co­lade to his dis­tin­guished bag­pip­ing ac­com­plish­ments.

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