Zealand pipe band here for first time
June 28, 2001
Although the civilian pipe band from Invercargill, New
Zealand, is believed to be the oldest in the Southern
Hemisphere, it plays the newest music, said pipe major
David Pickett in an interview Wednesday at the halifax
three-time national champion pipe band, which is 106 years
old, will make its first appearance here at the 2001 Nova
Scotia International Tattoo, which opens Friday and runs
until July 7 at the Metro Centre.
Grade Two pipe band usually plays traditional music when
it competes as the City of Invercargill Caledonian Pipe
at the Tattoo they will perform Celtic rock under the
banner Pipin' Hot, combining traditional pipes and drums
with rock rhythms, singers Shannon Cooper-Garland and
Jason Schmidt, two of the top vocalists on South Island,
New Zealand, and Scottish fiddler Sheena naughton.
take inspiration form outside of piping and drumming,
listening to fiddle music and old melodies. It's truly
exciting stuff," said Mr. Pickett, noting a highlight
of the band's tattoo performances will be a tune called
Zeto, which features a duel between the fiddler and one
of the star pipers.
switch to more unconventional performances came during
the group's centennial in 1996, when they tried to stage
something out of the ordinary during five concert appearances.
got together with a local backing band and we thought
this is a chance to do something really new, a chance
to expand, to write our own arrangements," says Mr.
pipers and drummers and the six-piece backing band have
arrived in Nova Scotia for this year's Tattoo, which features
a cast of more than 2,000 performers from France, Switzerland,
the United Kingdom, Korea, Germany, New Zealand and Canada.
Nova Scotia Tattoo is one of the big tattoos, a blue ribbon
tattoo along with the Edinburgh Tattoo (at which the band
performed in 1998)," says Mr. Pickett, who arrived
in Halifax via Victoria B.C., where the group played to
a standing ovation.
pipers in the New Zealand band wear the Royal Stewart
tartan and drummers sport Black Watch, tartans Queen Victoria
granted them permission to wear when the group was formed
pipe band will also take part in the massed pipes that
highlight each year's Tattoo, and will march in the Tattoo
parade on Saturday from 1-2 p.m.