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Napier RSA 28 January

Tunes list for the Napier RSA Piping & Drumming Live event [tune number in brackets]

Flower of Scotland [7]
Loch Lomond, Blue Bells of Scotland, Bonnie Lass of Fyvie O
The Skye Boat Song & Maori Canoe Song [5 & 10]
Mahri’s Wedding, The High Road to Gairloch, Teribus & Chorriechollies Welcome [203-206] (drummers to start this)
The Rose of Allendale & Ailsa Craig [419 & 420]
PM JK Cairns, My Land and Colin’s Cattle (retreat marches) [303-305]
Hector the Hero (Solo: Kerry) [21]
The Sands of Kuwait
Erin Shore (Solo: Morgan) [19]
Hundred Pipers and Bonnie Dundee (drummers to start this) [504 & 505]
A Love Song For Deborah Anne (Solo: Kerry) [12]
Highland Cathedral (Solo: Cameron) [31]
The Dawning of The Day and La Boum (Solo: Hugh) [405 & 406]
Swing of the Kilt (Solo: Kerry, Cameron, Morgan, Heath, Liam) [212]
Amazing Grace (Solo: Morgan) [1]
Scotland the Brave [407]
The Green Hills of Tyrol & When the Battle’s O’er [301/302]

New Years Eve 2017

Once again the band was out and about on New Year’s Eve in what has become something of a tradition for our members.  The first parade at Kennedy Park is always popular with children following the band as march around the holiday park.  Our visits to the clubs are always an opportunity to pass the buckets around as this is one of our important fund raising activities for the year.  Its interesting to see the numbers in the clubs changing over the years and our collectors have commented that fewer people are carrying cash these days.

The finale on the parade with the crowd that gathers enjoying our music is something we look forward to.  Marching away with a big crowd behind us is always a great way to end the evening.

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January 2018 Workshop

Once again we are staging our ‘Getting Going’ workshop at the end of January. This will be a good chance to blow the cobwebs out of the pipes and get set up for the busy February/March parading time.

Click here to down load the enrolment form.

We will be aiming to provide all our learners, whether just starting or more advanced, with individual and group sessions. There will be opportunities to learn new tunes and revise old ones, group and individual sessions, instrument maintenance and of course playing together as a band.

2017 Final Night

On Monday 11 Dec we will celebrate another very good year at our final night. The programme is:
Band – three brackets: Scotland the Brave, Mhari’s Wedding and Green Hills
Alan, Bill, Jack & Matthew – Nurse Edith Cavell
The Lumb Family – Nurse Edith Cavell
Richard Loan & company – Strathspey & Reel
Penny & Julie
Ken & Roy (or Ken and Geoff)
Robert NBHS
Napier Schools PB – PM JK Cairns, My Land and Colin’s Cattle
Band Closing – Amazing Grace, Highland Cathedral, On The Road To Passchendaele

Nov Piping & Drumming Live

Monday 6 November
Piping & Drumming Live, Taradale RSA
Come along to our pipe band night at the Taradale RSA on Monday 6  November for more of our traditional and new music.  Bar meals are available from 5.30pm with the Band playing from 7.15pm.  There’s no charge but we will have a raffle


  • Flower of Scotland
  • Ellan Vannin
  • The Green Hills of Tyrol & When the Battle’s O’er
  • Maori Canoe Song
  • Mahri’s Wedding, The High Road to Gairloch, Teribus & Chorriechollies Welcome
  • The Rose of Allendale & Ailsa Craig


  • Hugh Harrison
  • Ken McLoughlin
  • Senior members – Richard Jason Ken Hugh
  • Morgan Awatere-Madden
  • Morgan, Liam, Heath and Conrad
  • Atholl & Breadalbane Gathering
  • PM JK Cairns, My Land and Colin’s Cattle

‘Senior’ Band Items:

  • Hector the Hero
  • My Home and The Skye Boat Song
  • Erin Shore
  • Hundred Pipers and Bonnie Dundee
  • A Love Song For Deborah Anne


  • Highland Cathedral
  • The Dawning of The Day and La Boum
  • Swing of the Kilt
  • Amazing Grace
  • Scotland the Brave

The Spring Concert

A great afternoon’s entertainment was provided by the band and other artists.  Typical of the feedback is this email from a fan: “I really enjoyed the concert yesterday and especially the second half of the concert with the music selection and Tracy’s song honouring Taradale’s soldiers.  The pipes were amazing, very exciting to see the young musicians and can they pipe and drum!  Congratulations on a varied and inspiring concert.”

We appreciated the support of A Cappella Fellas, the social group from the City of Hastings PB, Napier Boys High School PB and of course our own All Stars.

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October Workshop

During the first week of October (School holidays) we held another workshop, this time with our key tutor being Neil Marriott. The pipers and drummers went over basics, instruments and learnt some new things. On Thursday we played on Napier’s Marine Parade (near the new skate park) – the weather wasn’t so good but we enjoyed ourselves.
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Spring Concert

The Band is into its practices for the Spring Concert which will feature old and new music along with guest artists A Cappella Fellas and the Napier Boys High School Pipe Band.


The concert is being staged at the Salvation Army citadel, Tait Drive, Napier on Sunday 15 October starting at 2pm.

Tickets are $10 with a gold coin for school children.  Just contact a band member to get your tickets.

The music
Flower of Scotland
Scotland the Brave, Rowan Tree, Bonnie Galloway
The Dawning of the Day and La Boum
The Bells of Dunblane
The Sands of Kuwait
The Green Hills and When the Battle’s O’er
Swing of the Kilt

Pipe Major J K Cairns, My Land and Colin’s Cattle
Maori Canoe Song
Ellan Vannin

A Love Song for Deborah Anne (John Cairns)
Highland Cathedral (Uli Roever & Michael Korb)
Amazing Grace
Mull of Kintyre (Paul McCartney and Denny Laine)
On the Road to Passchendaele (Stoddard/Brydon)

Waynne’s group is also doing
Taradale Song (Tracy Rudzevecuis & Rik Bernards)
Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen)

Spring Concert

Sunday 15 October
Salvation Army Citadel, Tait Drive, Greenmeadows

In the concert the band will present a variety of music, old and new, that is familiar to our audience. We will also incorporate a segment appropriate to the act of commemorating the sacrifices made by so many over the years and ensuring that they are not forgotten.

Being a Songwriter and knowing that there has never been a song written for the town of Taradale, Tracy Rudzevecuis has been creative and written the ‘Taradale Song’. It is based around the Taradale Town Clock in memory of our fallen local soldiers that went to war and never returned hence, says Tracy, giving them “a voice” from beyond the grave. This is Tracy’s ‘gift to our people and the township of Taradale’. The Band is pleased to be part of Tracy’s dream and will perform ‘Taradale Song’ in concert for the first time.

The Band has developed a musical arrangement ‘On the Road to Passchendaele’ that will feature in the concert. October 12, 2017 is the anniversary of the Passchendaele offensive in WW1. Ever since 1917, Passchendaele has been a byword for the horror of the Great War. In terms of lives lost in a single day, the failed attack on Bellevue Spur on 12 October was probably the greatest disaster in New Zealand’s history.

Tickets $10 for adults, children a gold coin please, the Band’s Associate members can purchase a discounted ticket $5.