The Southland Times
August 19, 1998
_ The City of Invercargill Caledonian Pipe Band is pleased
with its performance at the pipe band world championships
in Scotland at the weekend, despite not gaining a place.
Pipe major David Pickett said he was thrilled with the
way the band played.
"The performance was easily as good as we played
to win the New Zealand championships in March," Mr
"I couldn't have asked for any more.
"To achieve that standard was a feat in itself when
you consider the new environment we faced, the fact we
were unknowns and that all the guys are really tired from
the work that has gone into the tattoo in the past two
The band is a guest artist at the prestigious Edinburgh
Tattoo, which opened on August 7.Despite not being placed,
the band did have a certain sense of victory as the Southern
Hemisphere dominated the placings.
Grade one was won by Australia's Victoria Police Pipe
Band and grade two by the Western Australia Police Pipe
The New Zealand Police Pipe Band, of which former Tuatapere
man Glenn Harris is a member, finished in the top 12 overall.
A highlight for the Invercargill band was the arrival
of its supporter's
tour from Southland on Saturday.
Kitted out with rosettes and Southland and New Zealand
flags, their visual and vocal support was inspiring, Mr
The tour party attended the world championships and tattoo
on Saturday, giving the combined Invercargill and Dunedin
display a standing ovation.
On Sunday night, the band met the Southlanders for dinner
at their hotel.
Mr Pickett said supporters at home had also made the band
feel proud of their efforts.
Every day, at least 10 faxes had arrived at the band's
base at the Redford Army Barracks.
The band's workload continues this week, with the BBC
due to begin filming the tattoo performances last night.
The CD recording of the show went on sale on Monday.