The Band History

The band history

The first recorded meeting to form a band was held on 17th March 1955 at which 25 prospective members attended.

The first full Regimental uniforms were purchased in the early part of 1960 from McPhees in Wellington and appear to have cost the better part of £900 pounds.

The band has attended contests in all Grades with some admirable performances, including Championship honours and Drum Majors Championships. Some of these highlights include taking the trophies for the Selection, the Quickstep, Dress and Instruments and Highest Total Points including the Best Drum Section Challenge Shield by winning the Grade 4 in 1994 and the Grade 3 in 1995.

At the 1965 National Championships, the Band became the C Grade Champions securing the Selection, Quickstep, Street March and subsequently the Aggregate with 355.757 points, 14.46 points ahead of the runners up.

In 1970 and 1978 the Band won the Grade 2 championships. As the playing strength and ability of the band fell, mini-band contests became the band’s focus and for the benefit of the less experienced musicians, a No.2 band was formed and once again achieved distinction by winning the Grade 4 in 1994 and Grade 3 in 1995.

Over the years there are a few players who have joined other bands as their circumstances have changed, enabling them to compete at the highest level of competition in NZ and they have assisted Grade 1 bands in taking the National Championship at times.

Internationally, the Band has travelled to Fiji in August 1973, competing at the Nadi Bula Festival and completed a mile long march in 28degrees Celsius.

Canada was visited in August 1990, however the drastic climate change that affected the reeds ensured the tour was enjoyed for the scenery, not the contesting.

The prestigious Glenfiddich Open was attended by past Pipe Major, John Fleming.

The band has had the expertise of many talented tutors in all the regimens – drumming, piping and drill, and still enjoys the support of former members.

Many people will have fond memories of “The Barn” which was the band’s home from 1957 until 2005, which was provided by the Walker Family, one of many families who have assisted the band over the years.

The Band plays at a number of outings, civic services and other public events such as Papakura and Drury’s ANZAC Day parades, and more recently hosting a successful mini-band contest over Labour Weekend.

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