Looking back with Caledonian Pipe Band

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The Caledonian Pipe Band at Fairymead House in 1999.
The Caledonian Pipe Band at Fairymead House in 1999.

The Bundaberg Caledonian Pipe Band is the oldest pipe band in Queensland and will soon celebrate 135 years of proud heritage with a special performance at the Moncrieff Entertainment Centre.

The band’s secretary Julie Myers said the performance would be a night of memories from when The Bundaberg Caledonian Pipe Band began to present day.

“The band was formed in June 1884, starting with the name of Mulgrave Caledonian Society, which was the name of the electorate of those times,” Julie said.

“When the region was divided into two state electorates in 1888 – Bundaberg and Mulgrave – the society changed its title to Bundaberg-Musgrave Caledonian Association. 

From the past to the present, Stewart’s Buses have been transporting the band for decades.
From the past to the present, Stewart’s Buses have been transporting the band for decades.

“This was retained until 1956, when it was changed to Bundaberg Caledonian Association.  Hence the Bundaberg Caledonian Pipe Band is the oldest Pipe Band in Queensland.”

Julie said through piping, drumming, dance and song, the Moncrieff performance will capture over a century of proud heritage.

“Our Through the Years concert will go back to where the band began, through photos, videos and names of our past and present members,” she said.

“We will hopefully bring back memories of past competitions, marches through Bundaberg streets, trophies and awards that have been won through the years throughout Queensland and Australia.”

Bundaberg Caledonian Pipe Band a family affair

Julie is passionate about her role in the Bundaberg Caledonian Pipe Band and isn’t the only member of her family part of the proud group.

Pipe Major Kyle enjoying leading the Grade 12 Graduates at St Luke’s in 2018.
Pipe Major Kyle enjoying leading the Year 12 graduates at St Luke’s in 2018.

“My son Kyle is pipe major of the band and my grandfather (Robert Hay) was a piper with the band in 1910,” she said.

“The band's playing membership at the present time sits at 10 pipers and eight drummers and also social members.

“There have been many past members that have played the pipes and drums with the band, who were brothers, fathers, sons, grandsons, uncles, and stayed in association with the band until their passing. “

Traditions of band celebrated

Julie said she was proud to be part of a group who had experienced such longevity and many traditions.

“Bagpipes are an instrument that once you hear them, you will not forget them,” she said.

“To see a band of kilted men and women marching proudly in front of returned servicemen and women on Anzac Day is very special.

Another Anzac Day ended. 99 years leading the Bundaberg Dawn Service Parade. Then onto the Bargara's ANZAC Day Dawn Service, Bundaberg Civic Parade, Moore Park Civic Parade.

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“This coming year will mark 100 years that the Bundaberg Caledonian Pipe Band has led Bundaberg's Anzac Day march. 

“There would not be a band in Queensland or maybe even Australia who can have that recognition.”

To support The Caledonian Pipe Band, head along to the Through the Years concert on Saturday, 26 October from 7pm at the Moncrieff Entertainment Centre.

The performance will also feature a choir, Celtic dancers and songs by Suellen Cusack-Greensill.

Tickets cost $28 for adults and $22 for children under 14 years old.

To find out more or purchase tickets click here or phone the Moncrieff Entertainment Centre on 4130 4100.

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