The Southland Times
July 25, 1998
City of Invercargill Caledonian Pipe Band has been granted
New Zealand representative status for its tour to Scotland
The band leaves on Thursday to take part in the Edinburgh
Tattoo and world pipe band championships.
Drum major Neale Smith said it had always been the band's
intention to represent Southland and New Zealand with
"Now to be asked to do that as an official representative
is certainly a
great honour and will no doubt heighten our determination
to do well."
The representative status was granted by the Royal New
Zealand Pipe Bands Association in recognition of the role
the band will play as ambassadors for New Zealand while
in Scotland. It also extends to the competition arena
where it will be the only New Zealand band contesting
the grade two championship at the world championships,
in Glasgow, on August 15.
Meanwhile, pupils at St Patrick's School in Invercargill
were treated to a taste of the tattoo music at their assembly
Piper Trevor Morton, a year four teacher at the school,
took his bagpipes along for the children to hear and answered
questions about the tour.
His own class was already quite knowledgeable about the
trip, he said.
"They certainly know where Scotland is anyway,"