Pipe bands notch up wins at nationals

Last updated 05:00 12/03/2014

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Pipe bands from South Canterbury have won big at the National Pipe Band Championships.

The South Canterbury Development Pipe Band and Temuka Pipe Band both brought home silverware from the competition held in Tauranga last weekend.

The development band won the Four-B grade, exceeding their expectations, band sergeant Robert Washington said.

The band is made up of 18 members, 10 of whom are aged between 11 and 17.

Mr Washington said when he saw the scoresheet, they were 10 points ahead of the 11 other teams in their grade.

The championships were held over two days and teams competed in set, medley and street march sections.

Mr Washington said it was an enjoyable weekend and he was happy with how the young band was progressing.

"It's great to see the smiles on the young people's faces and what they can achieve."

The Temuka Pipe Band won the street march section and came second overall in the grade two category.

Secretary and drummer for the Temuka band Heather Elwood said they were delighted with their result after coming fourth last year. "We hoped to do better than last year and we put in a lot of hard work in the last three months."

There were five bands in grade two, including the South Canterbury Highland Pipe Band's senior band.

It was their first time competing in the grade and although they were not placed, band major Scott Shannon said they received good comments from the judges and would definitely go back next year.

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- The Timaru Herald

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