The Southland Times
March 9, 2004
The City of Invercargill Caledonian Pipe Band will leave
Invercargill on Thursday for the National Piping Championships
Pipe Major Derek Ballantine said that Saturday’s
nationals are biggest event on the piping calendar.
“We are hopeful that we will bring home the national
title. 40 bands, including several bands from Australia,
will be there to compete for the country’s premier
piping titles. The competition will be tough,” he
Mr Ballantine said that the band have been practising
9 hours a week to make sure the performance is good enough
The band are competing against seven other bands in the
Grade Two Street March, Set and Medley, including Speights
City of Dunedin, who won the title last year.
Mr Ballantine said that with the 2005 National contest
being hosted in Invercargill, a win this time would mean
they could defend the title on home ground next year.