Most improved title ‘awesome’ for band

Most improved . The John McGlashan Pipe Band marches into the competition area in the Octagon on Sunday afternoon during the Grade 4 Otago Southland Pipe Band Contest. PHOTO: GREGOR RICHARDSON

A win for a Dunedin school pipe band is recognition of hard work, its band director says.

The John McGlashan Pipe Band, which entered the grade 4 and juvenile sections, won the shield for most improved band at the Otago Southland Pipe Band Contest on Sunday.

John McGlashan band director Louis Davis said the win was “unexpected”.

The contest was the first time the band had competed since the mid to late 2000s.

It now had the most members in its history, Mr Davis said.

“This is awesome, considering how young the band is. Nearly the entire band is under the age of 15 and new to pipe bands.”

The contest was the first time competing in a pipe band contest for 19 of the 22 band members, he said.

“They all did really well and they should be incredibly proud of themselves.

“The win should be attributed to everyone associated with the pipe band.

“Pipe bands are very much a team event, just like any other team event organisation behind the scenes, from band managers [to] the parents getting the kids to practice.”

John McGlashan College provided funds for equipment and the tutors made sure everyone could play great music, he said.

“Most importantly, [credit to] the kids who did the hard work to be able to perform to the standard they did.”


Otago Southland Provincial Contest results: Grade 2: City of Invercargill. Grade 3: Canterbury Caledonian. Grade 4: City of Invercargill 4A. Juvenile: City of Invercargill Juvenile A.