Band celebrates 50 yrs

PIPES: The City of Whyalla Pipe Band will be celebrating their 50-year anniversary in October.

PIPES: The City of Whyalla Pipe Band will be celebrating their 50-year anniversary in October.

The City of Whyalla Pipe Band is set to mark 50 years of community performances when it presents a golden year anniversary concert in October.

A program of some of the most recognisable and stirring pipe music will feature traditional and electric pipes and drums, supported by highland dancers and a special appearance from the Whyalla Singers.

The band’s Pipe Major, John McIntosh, hopes to see the Central Football Club packed with lovers of Scottish music to help celebrate with the band at its milestone concert.

It will be a double celebration for Mr McIntosh who was co-founder of the band – then known as the Mount Laura Whyalla Pipe Band – in 1967.

“Everyone is welcome,” Mr McIntosh said. “You don’t have to be Scottish or of Scottish decent, just someone who enjoys pipe music and wants a memorable night out.”

Local pipers and drummers will be joined by members from Port Augusta to add to the night’s entertainment.

The band was originally a competition band, which attended events throughout SA and interstate, but in recent years has focused more on being a social band for the enjoyment of members leading up to annual concerts.

Mr McIntosh said, like many organisations, work commitments, family life and residential movements had made it difficult to travel as a competition band, but it maintained a high standard within Whyalla.

“We have already had enquiries from past members and expect visitors to Whyalla for the concert weekend from other areas of SA and interstate,” Mr McIntosh said.

“There is every chance the night will be a sell-out so I urge concert goers to get their tickets early to avoid disappointment in case the ‘full house’ sign goes up.”

Patrons are encouraged to bring their favourite supper and sit back as the sounds of the band fill Central’s clubrooms. Refreshments will be available at the bar.

Earlybird priced tickets at $10 are available from Phill Stone phone 0477 779 993.

From October 13 and at the door, tickets will be $15.

The concert will be held on October 28 at the Central Whyalla Football Club on McDouall Stuart Avenue.

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