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Zealand Grade Two Champions
1997 - 1998 - 1999 - 2004
1952 - 1979 - 1980
Pipe Band Champions
The City of Invercargill
Caledonian Pipe Band is one of New Zealands leading bands,
competing strongly and with innovation in both music and
marching events. In its continual drive for excellence the
band has developed and invested in a comprehensive upskilling
and contesting programme.
The band attends around
8 contests a year.
These include provincial
contests throughout the south island as well as the New
Zealand Championships. The NZ nationals are held annually
in March and alternate between the north and south islands.
Contests outside New Zealand
are also attended from time to time.
include MSR, Medley, Street March & Marching Display
BRIEF HISTORICAL CONTESTING OUTLINE
band attended it's first contest on February 14th, 1907
in Christchurch where under Pipe Major George Anderson,
it won the Quickstep event. New Zealand's first contest
was held just one month earlier at the same grounds.
saw the Invercargill drum corp under Drum Sergeant Ernie
Clark, declared New Zealand Champions. But bigger things
were to come and in 1952, under Pipe Major JA McGee and
Drum Major Harry Pay the band won the grade one New Zealand
championship for the first time. Taking over the top job
in 1958 Pipe Major Lang Morton was destined to lead the
band for 16 straight years. In that time the band continued
to be one of the top three bands in the country.
in 1974, Pipe Major Lewis Turrell lead the band to victory
in both 1979 and 1980. Thereafter followed an invitation
to compete in the Pacific Coast Pipe Band championships.
At Long Beach, California, USA, in 1980, the band was victorious
over local rivals LA Police Pipe Band.
Major Trevor Morton's band competed with distintion while
in Australia in 1990. It's marching display at Grafton,
NSW received first place and a rare standing ovation.
a general regrade in 1996 the band moved to grade two.
months later and on Invercargill's Homestead Stadium, the
band lead by Pipe Major David Pickett and Drum Major Neale
Smith took out it's first national grade two title. Invercargill
1997 was repeated again at Rotorua in 1998, Dunedin in
1999 and in Taupo in 2004.
band also competed in Scotland while attending the Edinburgh
Military Tattoo in 1998 and 2004. It played at the North Berwick
and World Pipe Band Championships.
the years the City of Invercargill Caledonian Pipe Band
has won numerous New Zealand provincial titles and continues
to be a top player on the contesting circuit.