The Southland Times
July 20, 1999
intricate and snappy form of pipe band snare drumming
highlighted in Pipin ' Hot 3, which opens at the Civic
Theatre in Invercargill tomorrow night.
City of Invercargill Caledonian Pipe Band leading drummers
Matt Ward and Steve Wederell wowed the crowds with their
Blues Brothers-style solo spot last year. This year they
have learned a swag of new music to impress the audience.
Wederell, 23, and Ward, 20, have been playing in pipe
bands for 12 and nine years, respectively. They stuck
with it through the teenage years when wearing a kilt
and playing a drum that was not part of a drum kit was
definitely not cool.
"We used to get a bit of hassle but it wasn't malicious
hassle," Wederell said.
He was only 11 when he started he went to his first lesson
thinking he was learning rock drumming. But he enjoyed
the challenge and progressed quickly.
"For something to keep an 11-year-old interested
it had to be fairly different."
In Pipin ' Hot they get their chance in the rock drumming
limelight. The show blends old favourites with new, more
exciting numbers. Ward and Wederell said it gave them
a chance to showcase their skills in a completely different
"You get to show a bit more attitude and feel with
the music you're playing. You can add your own personal
touches to it," Wederell said.
Ward, a music student at Southland Polytechnic, also plays
kit drum and guitar.
" Pipin ' Hot is a good combination of both bagpipes
and modern music. I enjoy doing this as much as I do playing
all the other music," he said.
The one thing they both wanted Pipin ' Hot to achieve
was an influx of youngsters to the pipe band movement.
The show was aimed at young audiences. Even if their aim
was to play kit drums, where the techniques were different,
the basics were the same, Ward said.
"It would be good if we had more younger learners,"
"You always need youth with experience. That's what
we are and we need more of it."