Bands play same tune for the Bay

Hastings Leader - - News - BY BRENDA VOWDEN [email protected]

City of Hast­ings Pipe Band is used to mak­ing a noise — this time they’re play­ing a new tune.

Pres­i­dent Ken Tobin — a foun­da­tion mem­ber, drum ma­jor for 55 years and now re­tired from uni­formed du­ties — says the band has changed its name to the Hawke’s Bay Cale­do­nian Pipe Band.

“The band boasts a proud tra­di­tion span­ning more than six decades and over the years has nur­tured some of New Zealand’s lead­ing pipers and drum­mers and helped shape them into fine mu­si­cians,” Ken says.

The band was founded in 1951 and in ad­di­tion to reg­u­lar lo­cal pub­lic per­for­mances, has al­ways com­peted with dis­tinc­tion in all four con­test grades at both na­tional and pro­vin­cial level.

“Like all pro­gres­sive groups, there was a feel­ing within the band that while pre­serv­ing our long and rich his­tory, we must em­brace a more pro­vin­cial mind­set and open our doors to the young peo­ple of the greater Hawke’s Bay region, as well as draw­ing upon the strengths and ex­pe­ri­ence of lo­cal tal­ent.”

The new name was ap­proved and reg­is­tered at the AGM held in Au­gust. The term ‘Cale­do­nian’ is an his­tor­i­cal ac­knowl­edg­ment of an ear­lier band which ex­isted in Hast­ings in the 1940s. The name is the only change that has been made — the band is still the same en­tity as be­fore, Ken says.

The 2018-19 con­test sea­son be­gan last Satur­day in Palmer­ston North and con­tin­ues with con­tests at the Turakina High­land Games in Jan­uary, the Paeroa High­land Games and Tat­too in Fe­bru­ary, at the Napier Sound­shell on Sun­day, March 16, cul­mi­nat­ing with the New Zealand Cham­pi­onships in Dunedin at the end of March.

Af­ter decades of friendly ri­valry, Hawke’s Bay Cale­do­nian Pipe Band and Napier Pipe Band have also for­malised their in­ten­tion to work to­gether by sign­ing a Col­lab­o­ra­tion Agree­ment.

“The pri­mary ob­jec­tive of this is to cre­ate a struc­ture to re­cruit, teach and en­cour­age youth in the art of pip­ing and drum­ming and will be un­der the um­brella of the newly formed Youth Pip­ing and Drum­ming Academy op­er­at­ing from ei­ther band hall as re­quired.

“These are ex­cit­ing times, not only for the two bands, but for pip­ing and drum­ming in Hawke’s Bay. Both bands are com­mit­ted to hav­ing the academy take shape and hav­ing many more young peo­ple join in the fun of Scot­tish cul­ture,” Ken says. The Armistice Day Com­mem­o­ra­tion at Clive was the first time the two bands per­formed as one and the sec­ond was Napier’s Christ­mas Pa­rade.

HB Cale­do­nian Pipe Band com­pet­ing in Palmer­ston North.

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