The Southland Times
November 14, 1997
drum major Neale Smith's ultimate dream for the past few
years has been to take part in the Edinburgh Military
He never really thought it would happen _ until last week
when the City of Invercargill Caledonian Pipe Band received
an invitation to play at the prestigious event.
The 20-strong band has less than nine months to raise
funds for the trip.
The band had already confirmed a trip to Invercargill's
Kumagaya, in Japan in January and had about eight contests,
including the nationals, before the August tattoo in Scotland,
Mr Smith said.
"This has put the band in a really challenging situation
to finance the trip and the only way it can go is if the
money is raised.
"But those mountains shall be moved," Mr Smith
Tentative plans had the band performing every day except
Sundays during the event, which will run from August 7
to 30. It would do two performances on Saturdays.
"It will entertain a live audience of over 200,000,
and a television
audience in excess of 57 million during its time there."
Mr Smith said just one other New Zealand pipe band had
performed at the event during the tattoo's 50-year history.
"It's all way beyond realism . . . it's just incredible."
Mr Smith said next year's fundraising would include a
Invercargill in June or July.