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Pipin' Hot's international debut & Bandfest 2001 in Victoria, BC

Pipin' Hot's International debut took place at the Royal Theatre in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada on 14th June 2001.

Many long hours of preparation, including set building by a New Zealand crew under the direction of Peter Thwaites and the assistance of festival organiser Roger McGuire, paid off when the show received a standing ovation.

In response to the huge and prolonged applause, theatre goers were treated to a full cast and crew "haka" led by co-musical director Peter Skerrett.

Joining Pipin' Hot for the first time were Victoria's premier Highland dance troupe, the Bon Accord Dancers. They performed in three acts and were a major hit with both the audience and the New Zealanders.

The band was invited to Victoria, BC to be a part of the Victoria Military Music Festival's Bandfest 2001. The annual festival included a Massed Military Band Spectacular as well as a Grand Finale concert, both of which the City of Invercargill took part in.

Participating military bands included the 3rd US Marine Aircraft Wing Band, Naden Band, Air Command Band, 15th Field Artillery Regiment Band and the 5th Regiment Band.

Regimental Pipes and Drums included the Calgary Highlanders, Seaforth Highlanders of Canada and the Canadian Scottish Regiment (Princess Mary's).

Media Coverage of Pipin' Hot in Victoria, BC

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