The bagpipes will be played proudly and with gusto when the Bundaberg Caledonian Pipe Band holds its annual concert at the Moncrieff Entertainment Centre next month.
It comes after the popular event was cancelled last year due to Covid, with the 2021 comeback concert aptly titled ‘Pipers Loch Doon'.
Local singer Suellen Cusack-Greensill is set to perform alongside the pipers, with performances also featured by the Rum City Highland Dancers.
Secretary Julie Myers said the Bundaberg Caledonian Pipe Band was the oldest in Queensland and had been a part of the region's history since its incorporation in 1884, for 137 years.
“The band has performed regularly over the past century at numerous local functions, which include Harvest Festivals, Railway Picnics, Bundy in Bloom, Light up Bundy, the opening of both Burnett and Tallon bridges, and welcoming Queen Elizabeth II to Bundaberg in 1954,” she said.
“The year 2020 would have been the band’s honour of leading every parade of ex-servicemen and women to Bundaberg’s Anzac Day Dawn Service since its inception in 1920.
“However, as we all know Covid dealt its hand, and this was not able to be achieved.”
Julie said instead, the band would celebrate the milestone this year.
“I don’t know of any other band in Queensland or Australia that would be able to own this recognition,” she said.
“The members are very proud to uphold the tradition of the band, which was built by their predecessors, and march proudly wearing the ancient Sutherland kilt.”
Julie said the upcoming concert at the Moncrieff Entertainment Centre would be the eighth annual concert the Caledonian Pipe Band had held, which doubled as a fundraiser event.
“We have taken this night back to the traditional Scottish tunes that most people have heard somewhere,” she said.
“Nine pipers and six drummers will bring a toe-tapping night with a couple of surprises along the way.
“Also, having the beautiful Suellen Cusack-Greensill on stage to sing, accompanied by Kate Hardisty on violin, will be a great highlight of the evening.
“Bundaberg’s own Suellen has performed all over the world and we have been grateful and privileged that she has performed at many of our concerts.”
Julie said the concert would evoke many emotions from the audience, with a range of music to be performed.
“To hear the sounds of a bagpipe playing, whether it is in a march or as a lone piper, is like no other,” Julie said.
“The instrument can play a haunting melody or a lively jig.
“I think the fact that it has lead men to war, and these days is played at commemorations and memorials, as well as festive occasions, does keep the tradition and the band alive.”
Pipers Loch Doon will be presented at the Moncrieff on 16 October at 7pm.
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