Timaru to hum as pipers trade notes

Timaru will be alive with the sound of music as 1500 musicians compete in the New Zealand and South Pacific Pipe Band Championships next month.

Plans for the competition, to be held here in 2011, were cancelled because of the Canterbury earthquake.

Contest committee secretary/treasurer Sharon Cain said because a lot of the preliminary preparation had been completed for that event, this year's had not been so daunting for the nine committee members. The organisers have spent the past year working on the arrangements.

"It has been a huge amount of work," Mrs Cain said.

Fifty-five bands from around New Zealand, and two from Australia, will perform.

Most of the accommodation in Timaru has been booked out for the musicians, their supporters and out-of-town and overseas spectators.

The main acts will be performed and judged at Alpine Energy Stadium on the Saturday, parades and marches will take place through the CBD on Sunday with final performances back at the stadium in the afternoon. The parades and marches start on Strathallan St, go up Stafford St and end at Canon St.

Mrs Cain said the committee was pleased it had managed to secure 10 juvenile bands, which will be performing sets and medleys.

The highlight of the weekend will be displays by five bands including two police bands at the stadium which will see them flourishing (making dramatic gestures) and using props.

"It's a real spectacle and a huge effort for the bands."

The committee hopes Timaru people will get behind the weekend and enjoy coming to watch the bands.

The Timaru Herald