The Southland Times
March 13, 2000
City of Invercargill Caledonian Pipe Band lost its grade
two crown at the weekend to its southernmost rival.
The band, which has held the New Zealand championship
title for the past three consecutive years, finished second
in the street march, third in the display (first in music),
fourth in the set, and sixth in the medley at the national
championships in Masterton.
The overall grade two championship was won by Temuka,
with second place going to City of Dunedin.
New drum major Maurice Lindsay, at his first national
contest, scored an impressive 11th equal out of a field
The grade one championship was snatched from the incumbent
New Zealand Police by Dalewool Auckland and Districts
by a mere one point.
Invercargill pipe major David Pickett said the band was
disappointed with its final results, but pleased with
the way it performed.
"We're not going to dwell on it. We don't have time
to look back, there are too many exciting things on the
"This result is just a minor glitch that we'll deal
to next year." The past week had been exciting but
tiring, he said, with rehearsals and
performances for the Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Wellington
combined with the contest build-up.
The band's involvement in the tattoo had been particularly
rewarding, Mr Pickett said. It had also given members
the chance to catch up with friends made in the British
military bands when they toured Scotland in 1998.
The band had plenty of other projects on the boil, the
performing at the Little River Band concert at Homestead
"Not many pipe bands could lay claim to being the
opening act for a big international band like that,"
Mr Pickett said.
Afterwards it would be full swing into rehearsals for
this year's Pipin '
Hot show scheduled to be staged in Invercargill in July.