Once again the Christchurch Casino Highland Day (formerly Victoria Sq Day) is being held on the Oakover lawn at Canterbury University.
Entry forms and schedule is attached
VSD Schedule 2013
Entry Form 2013 VSD
The Canterbury Caledonian Society Pipe Band finished their most successful season to date by winning the New Zealand and South Pacific Pipe Band Championships in Timaru on the weekend. Outside of the grade one band, the grade three band finished runners up, and the grade four band finished second in the MSR and fourth overall.
Sunday dawned chilly and drizzly, and the grade one pipe band emerged in second place in the street march, playing their now well-known versions of the Pivovar Express and Arran Campbell; named after the late brother-in-law of Drum Sergeant James Laughlin. Manawatu finished up in first place after the Street March, with the NZ Police and Auckland and Districts finishing the prize list. The afternoon saw tight competition in both grade two and one contests, with local Christchurch band St Andrews College placing second to the well-oiled City of Invercargill Pipe Band.
Canterbury drew second in the grade one contest, and played after Manawatu Scottish. The band played their number one set – Balmoral Highlanders, Susan McLeod, and the Smith of Chilliechassie – and finished up with straight one’s in piping, a first in ensemble, and a second in drumming, winning the MSR by four points. The band then performed their “Mpingo Magic” medley, and finished up with the same result – culimnating in the band winning the overall contest by nine points, and taking all the prizes but the dress, street march and the special drumming prize. The band was overwhelmed with the results, and was humbled by the incredibly generous support from all the other grade one bands and the pipe band community-at-large.
The band will now enjoy a few weeks respite and recouperation before they begin their assault on the World Pipe Band Championships, held in Glasgow in August.
Canterbury Caledonian finished the year with several new additions to the band’s trophy cabinet, including a National Championships win for both the band and the drum corps. As well as this, the band finished up undefeated for 2012 after taking the last major contest of the year at Palmerston North for the annual Jenny Mair Square Day – the first time the band has won the contest. The drum corps also took their prize in grade one to cap off what was an excellent weekend for the band.
The band has had a busy start to the 2012/13 competition season, beginning with Hororata in early November where we aired our new march, the Balmoral Highlanders, to a crowd of over 10,000 people. A few new faces entered the ranks of both the pipe and drum corps which allowed everyone to get settled into the band repertoire for the season ahead. At the beginning of December, the band played at their annual Christchurch Casino Highland Day, which attracts bands from around the country in grades one to four. Unfortunately, only Canterbury competed in grade one but put on two excellent performances in its build up for Palmerston North the week later.
The journey began – as it always does – on Friday, when the band boarded an aeroplane at Christchurch to head off to Palmerston North. In total, the band took 20 pipers, 13 side drummers, 4 tenors and a bass drummer. The band put on two very good performances in the MSR and Medley, and managed to come away with wins in all sections – piping, drumming and ensemble – and took the championship with 8 points to spare. This was a remarkable achievement for the band, as it had not won the Palmerston North contest since it began going 22 years ago. The band had won the MSR, the Medley, the drumming and the ensemble at various points before, but never the overall award, so this was vindication of a job well done from everyone for the year. The grade three band also travelled to Palmerston North and competed against four other bands, and won the overall contest as well – so a fantastic competition for the entire organisation.
This leaves Canterbury undefeated in 2012, having won every single contest it entered in. An incredibly humbling and significant year for the band considering the events of 2010 and 2011 and the spirit in which everyone dedicated themselves to continuing to play pipes and drums together.
The band wishes everyone a very happy Christmas, a safe and prosperous New Year, and good tunes for the bands entering in contest in 2013 looking towards the National Championships in Timaru!
The Band timetable is now out
It was yet another great weekend for Canterbury pipers at the Labour Weekend solo contest, held at St Andrews College. Jamie Hawke was crowned New Zealand Open Solo Champion for 2012, winning the A Grade Strathspey and Reel, and placing second in the A Grade Piobaireachd and A Grade Hornpipe and Jig. Graeme Bryce won the coveted Silver Chanter, bringing the band’s total up to five – a feat unparalleled in New Zealand currently. He went on to place third equal in the Clasp. Ben Murray won Most Points B Grade.
See below for a full list of prizes
- Overall A Grade/Open Solo Piping Champion of New Zealand
- 1st, A Grade Strathspey and Reel
- 2nd, A Grade Piobaireachd
- 2nd, A Grade Hornpipe and Jig
- 4th, A Grade 6/8 March
- 1st, Silver Chanter MSR
- 3rd=, The Clasp MMSSRR
- 2nd, A Grade Strathspey & Reel
- 3rd, A Grade March
- 3rd, A Grade Strathspey and Reel
- Most Points A Grade Under 23
- 4th, Silver Chanter MSR
- 1st, Under 21 Piobaireachd
- 2nd, Under 21 Strathspey and Reel
- 3rd, A Grade 6/8 March
- 1st, B Grade 2/4 March
- 1st, B Grade Strathspey and Reel
- 1st, U21 Strathspey and Reel
- 1st, B Grade 6/8 March
- Most Points, B Grade
- 3rd, Under 21 Piobaireachd
- 1st, B Grade Piobaireachd
- 2nd, B Grade 2/4 March
- 3rd, B Grade Piobaireachd
The annual Victoria Square Day (renamed Christchurch Casino Highland Day) is happening again on the 1st of December 2012, at the Canterbury University. Entry forms are now available for download, and entries close on the 12th of November. Download Schedule and Entry Forms here
While the band has been working away at home during the winter, working on the new material for our 2012/2013 season, three of our pipers spent their winter lapping up both solo and pipe band competitions with great success. Jamie Hawke, Liam Kernaghan and Tom Glover all experienced different bits of the 2012 Scottish Summer, culminating in an incredibly successful for all of them. The three months culminated in two major championship wins and over 20 prizes in the solos over three months. Continue reading
Malcolm Galloway married his fiance, Lynsey Easton, in Wellington on the weekend, in front of several of the band and close family. The wedding was held in Old St Pauls Church in Thorndon, with the reception following in the Wellington Club.
From the band, we wish Malcolm and Lynsey the very best for their married life ahead. The first challenge – a wee one due in late November!
Congratulations to Jamie Hawke and Liam Kernaghan, representing Canterbury at two major solo competitions the past two weekends. Jamie and Liam were both invited to play at the Claidhmor and Targe Invitiational Contest in Palmerston North on the 26th of May, with Jamie winning the Targe for the Piobaireachd competition. Liam was second in the MSRHJ Claidhmor event.
They both went on to back up their efforts at the Queens Birthday Solo Contest held in Dunedin on Queens Birthday weekend. Jamie won the overall A Grade prize, taking the A Grade 6/8 March, the Strathspey and Reel. He also placed second in the Hornpipe and Jig, Premier MMSSRR and was third in the Piobaireachd. Liam was runner-up in A Grade, winning the A Grade Double 2/4 Marches. He was also second in the Strathspey and Reel, third in the Premier MMSSRR and Hornpipe and Jig, and fourth in the 6/8 march.
Congratulations to both of them as they prepare for their solo assault on Scotland in about 5 weeks time!
Bob Parker, the Mayor of Christchurch City, before the national championships, promised the band a “champions cup of tea” should they be successful at the National Pipe Band Championships. Well, true to his word, Bob offered the band one on their return, and on the 18th of April some of the Christchurch residents of the band went along and enjoyed an afternoon of tea and chat with the Mayor and his wife. Pipe Major Richard Hawke played a few tunes, and the Mayor took great delight in checking out the silverware the band collected.