Annabele (left), Riley (right) and Bonnie (front) Donaldson try out the stage during intermission.
Annabele (left), Riley (right) and Bonnie (front) Donaldson try out the stage during intermission. Kerri Burns-Taylor

Banding together for anniversary

THE Scots PGC College celebrated the 60th anniversary of its pipes and drums band at the weekend with a concert at the Warwick Town Hall.

The band was the first cadet pipe band in Queensland, and six of the original 11 members returned to the Rose City at the weekend to take part in the festivities.

Concert patrons were treated to highland dancing, Scottish singing, music from a didgeridoo and, of course, the pipes and drum band, led by manager Sandy Dalziel.

Marketing officer Judi Haidley said the town hall was filled almost to capacity for the concert and she was pleased to see so many people turn out for the celebrations.

“Because of the 60th anniversary we thought it would be lovely to have a concert, and we decided to have it at the town hall because more of the Warwick community would be able to be involved,” she said.

“The Warwick community really supported it and we are so happy with the turnout.

“The pipe band is one of the best promotions for the school because everybody recognises the Scots PGC pipe band.”

Famed blind guitarist Lorin Nicholson also travelled from Brisbane, accompanied by his wife Lisa, a former Scots PGC student, to perform at the concert.

Miss Haidley said the band had become somewhat of an icon in the town and was instantly recognisable at the front of the Anzac Day parade or centre stage at the rodeo.

Following the concert, about 185 people gathered at the campus for a celebratory dinner, and Miss Haidley said the night ended on a high note.

“It was a wonderful night,” she said.

“People didn't want to leave and they were up playing the pipes and drums all night.”

Miss Haidley commended the band members during a speech at the dinner and said she admired their dedication and commitment.



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