Pipe Band members success: Malcolm McKellar, Kirby Douglas, Rylie Douglas, Grace Peterson, Jacob Chalk, Stuart Kemsley, Dominic Anderson-Strudwick and Robert Gibb.
Pipe Band members success: Malcolm McKellar, Kirby Douglas, Rylie Douglas, Grace Peterson, Jacob Chalk, Stuart Kemsley, Dominic Anderson-Strudwick and Robert Gibb. Judi Haidley

Pipe band a winning team

 

AT THE the recent Southern Downs Regional Council Youth Awards, The Scots PGC College Pipes and Drums won the community band/musician of the year for 2010.

This was in recognition of numerous performances in the Southern Downs community over 2010 as well as competitive achievements.

A proud Grace Peterson, our Drum Sergeant was awarded the certificate on behalf of the Pipes and Drums students.

At the 107th Maclean Highland Gathering a small contingent travelled in their Easter break to perform in solo competition with great success.

Notable results were; Rylie Douglas who won the Lachlan McCabe Memorial prize, Kirby Douglas who won Sub-Intermediate piper, Grace Peterson placed 2nd in intermediate Tenor drumming and Dominic Anderson-Strudwick, new to the College this year performed brilliantly to win the Drum Major competition and claimed 1st prize in the elementary Bass Drum.

Stuart Kemsley won the Elementary Snare drum with Jacob Chalk in 2nd place performing magnificently with maturity beyond his years to claim the sub-intermediate Snare drum prize.

Robert Gibb, one of our UK Gap students, performed magnificently to take out the Gold Medal for Open piping, an incredible achievement that has much credibility in the world of piping.

The Pipes and Drums paraded through the Warwick streets proudly at the ANZAC Parade on 25 April in remembrance of our fallen heroes.

The Pipes and Drums attended the Glen Innes Culture Festival at the end of April.

The Pipes and Drums played at various locations around the Festival site and at a community aged care facility.

The band promoted itself and the College admirably throughout the weekend with much positive feedback on performance, appearance and conduct.

Mr Dalziel the Pipe Band Master said that such events were significant in the Pipes and Drums calendar as they promoted teamwork and core development whilst at the same time gave the general public opportunities to view the band and College as a favourable and viable opportunity for children.

A small contingent from the Pipes and Drums travelled to Adelaide to compete in the RU Brown Memorial Solo Piping competition on 8 May 11.

Robert Urquhart Brown was the Sovereigns piper at the royal summer retreat at Balmoral as well as being a gamekeeper.

On retirement he travelled the world to promote bagpiping (particularly Piobaireachd, the classical music of the bagpipe) but sadly died soon after his return trip from Australia in the early 1970s.

A Society was set up in his memory in South Australia.

The competition is a premier event in the annual solo piping calendar in Australasia. Robert Gibb was delighted to be asked to be a recitalist for the evening before the competition and gave a performance of traditional music that was enjoyed by all.

In the competitions the following day Robert picked up a 2nd in the Hornpipe and Jig and a 5th in the March Strathspey and Reel open events.

In the graded events Kirby Douglas picked up a 3rd in the Bronze Medal Piobaireachd and a 4th in the light music.

Rylie Douglas finished 2nd in the Novice Piobaireachd.



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