Drumming takes on whole new beat

ALEXIA JOHNSTON
Last updated 05:00 08/02/2014
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FEELING THE BEAT: Matt Coulter, left, has been selected for the Foundation Youth Band of New Zealand, which will travel to Canada later this year.

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Pleasant Point's Matt Coulter is drumming his way to the top.

The Timaru Boys' High School pupil has been selected for the Foundation Youth Band of New Zealand.

"I was pretty happy," he said, of the news.

Matt, 17, along with Nick Parsons, a piper of Oamaru, are the only two representatives from the South Canterbury Highland Pipe Band who have been selected for the national group, which will take part in a range of events throughout the year.

Their biggest commitment will be a trip to Canada in July for the Piping Hot Summer Drummer school and various contests.

Successful candidates had to submit their audition via video.

Matt joined the South Canterbury Highland Pipe Band in 2008 after thinking drumming "looked cool".

His father plays the bagpipes, but Matt admits they were never an option when deciding what instrument he wanted to play for the South Canterbury band.

Matt will juggle his school studies with fundraising initiatives to help him get to Canada and one day he also hopes to make it to Scotland to perform with his home band.

His plans for the future include drumming until he gets to the top of his game.

"I've always wanted to get good at it. It's something I love."

He has enjoyed it so much that he has even talked some of his friends into joining the South Canterbury Highland Pipe Band.

"I really want to encourage people around South Canterbury to get involved," he said.

Pipe major Scott Shannon was impressed to hear both Matt and Nick had been selected for the national band.

"These lads will be a tremendous source of inspiration to all of us but most importantly to our junior players, setting a superb example of what can be achieved with dedication and hard work."

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- The Timaru Herald

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