Hastings District Highland Pipe Band seeks more members

The Hastings District Highland Pipe Band is keen to perform at more community events.

The band led the official procession to the Town Green on Australia Day and performed before the crowd.

Other recent performances include Marine Rescue Port Macquarie open day and the 2017 Walk to d'Feet MND.

The band has performed as far afield as Kempsey, Wingham and Kindee.

A mid-year performance is usually held too.

The band is interested in boosting its member numbers.

Experience in a pipe band is not essential.

The band supplies instruments and tuition if required.

Tenor drummer Jim Turnbull said there were various reasons why people joined a pipe band.

Some people have Scottish heritage and others do not.

The band consists of pipers and drummers.

Neil Glass is the pipe major.

The amateur band has about 20 songs in its repertoire and continues to add to the playlist.

The Glasgow-born Mr Turnbull said he just loved playing in the band.

“I get an enormous buzz out of it,” he said.

The band can be heard on the Town Green from 6pm on the first Monday of the month.

Every other Monday at 6pm, the band rehearses at St Joseph’s Primary School.

Potential drummers and pipers are welcome to attend.

Mr Turnbull also hopes to attract former members of a pipe band to join.

“There must be a bunch of ex-pipe band members who have retired to Port Macquarie and would like to reconnect,” Mr Turnbull said.

“It doesn’t matter how old or young they are.”

More information can be found at the band’s Facebook page.

Anyone interested in joining should contact Terry Crossley on 0408 414 510 or Jim Turnbull on 0418 677 474.

The Hastings District Highland Band was formed in Wauchope in the 1950s.

The band tartan is Maclean of Duart and the rest of the uniform depends on the occasion.

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