A Brief History
In July 1959, the idea to form a local Pipe Band was first mooted by
some members of the then Tawa Caledonian Society and following the
inaugural meeting in October 1958, chaired by Colin Campbell, a
committee was formed and the band established. Two side drums were
donated by the Society.
The first public parade was at the
Caledonian Society’s Highland Games on Labour Day 1959 with band members
wearing grey trousers, white shirts and Campbell tartan ties.
By 1961 the band had amassed sufficient funds to buy its first
complete set of uniforms and members wore them to their first uniformed
parade at the opening of Tawa College in July 1961, by the then
Governor-General, Viscount Cobham.
Initial practices were held in
the wrestling hall in Findlay Street. In the centre was a HUGE wrestling
mat, which we were not allowed to look at, let alone tread on. And we
won’t mention the neighbours who didn’t always appreciate the sound.
Tawa Borough Council came to the rescue circa late 1970’s with the
offer of an old factory in Redwood, with the band paying a peppercorn
rental with the right to renew. And so we “acquired” our new hall and
have been upgrading it ever since.
Nowadays we find ourselves competing all over the country in Grade 2 having acheived great success locally and nationally.
We also participate in many local activities and events such as Christmas and ANZAC parades, Gaelic Club ceilidhs and other charity events.
The band is ably led by Pipe Major Davey Welsh, who has played at the highest level with the Shotts & Dykehead and Simon Fraser University winning the World Championships multiple times, and Drum Sergeant Trina Berry who has many years of Grade 1 experience behind her.
We have members from many walks of life but with a common passion for playing pipe band music and enjoy the environment the band created which fosters friendship, learning and teamwork. We enjoy contributing to the cultural and social fabric of our society and you
are welcome to come and spend an evening with us at one of our practices
and see if it is something you would like to be part of.