Scots PGC College host band titles
TENTERFIELD student Nick Tomkins recorded a first placing for the second year running in the Queensland Pipe Band Championships at The Scots PGC College yesterday.
The Warwick-based college was a major sponsor of the championships which attracted 1000 over two days to Briggs Oval.
Nick is a pipe major in the Scots PGC Pipe Band and has competed in the past four state championships with teams from the school.
He joined the band as he thought being in a pipe band would be something different.
“The band is not as competitive as a lot of sports,” he said.
“There is a lot of mateship between band members.
“It was great to have the state championships as part of the Jumpers and Jazz Festival.
“We played in front of the town hall on Saturday morning to promote the championships.”
This is the last year at Scots PGC for Nick as he is planning to move to Brisbane next year to study law and commerce.
But he won’t be lost to the pipe band championships; he has already decided to join the St Andrews Band in Brisbane next year.
Scots PGC winners in the finals were Joel O’Shannessy, Nick Tomkins and Rylie Douglas.
Nick Tomkins, Kirby Douglas and Amelia Holmes were first in the trio with fellow students Ned Skehan, Malcolm McKellar and William Schultz second.
Students from the host school to record placings included Stuart Kemsley, Grace Peterson, Darcy Meek, Andrea Hales, Kirby Douglas and Alex Fessey.
The championships were held in conjunction with the Scots PGC Highland Gathering which was held for the first time last year. Sixty volunteers ran the event.
1 North Queensland Scots
2 Gold Coast
3 Queensland Highlanders
4 Scots PGC