Hastings District Highland Pipe Band is bringing some musical cheer back to Port Macquarie after a long stretch in social isolation.
The band recently played a social distanced performance outside Garden Village aged care service in Port Macquarie on June 21.
Band vice-president and publicity officer Jim Turnbull said the group of 18 members is reaching out to entertain the community in a social-distanced responsible way.
"We played outside the Garden Village Port Macquarie building for the performance and practiced social distancing by separating from each other," he said.
"Playing for aged care residents was an easy option because these kinds of centres have large outdoor areas and we thought we could cheer up residents who may have become more isolated during the pandemic.
"You cannot do pipe band performance in a confined space so it lends itself well to these kinds of outdoor concerts.
"We have put out the word that we are keen to do more of these uplifting appearances in the community, whilst adhering to social distancing rules."
Members of the band have been practicing online over Zoom video conferencing and over the phone during the coronavirus isolation period.
Garden Village Port Macquarie chief executive Craig Wearne said the visit brought entertainment and memories to residents.
"Our residents thoroughly enjoyed the visit and are looking forward to the next visit in August," he said.
"The dulcet tones that flowed from pipes throughout the community, drawing many residents from their homes to enjoy the event.
"They were able to perform externally to the aged care service and they were able to socially distance. Enabling the good COVID-19 social practices that everyone respects and adheres to but also providing wonderful entertainment.
"Some wonderful reminiscing of past events. Many residents have lived through very difficult times such as times of war or ceremony. The pipeband provided a wonderful opportunity for our residents to reminisce.
"We were very pleased that the pipeband attended and we think this is great community involvement, we look forward to their next visit."