24 Mar Caitlin and Tiffany drum up support at Pipe Band Nationals

For Caitlin Reid and Tiffany Gilchrist, the 2015 Pipe Band Nationals were a success in more ways than one. As well as supporting their Celtic Pipe Band of Stoke to win the? Grade 3 national title, the? Year 11 students have been selected in the Royal New Zealand Pipe Band Association Youth Band.


The girls play in the Celtic bass and tenor? section, which placed second in the Westpac Cup for Grades 3-4. As well as providing rhythm, the bass and tenor drummers? add an element of physicality to the band through their stick flourishes.

As the result of two years’ hard work and planning, the 2015 Nationals were a fantastic opportunity for Celtic. Band member Helen Gilchrist said it was “amazing to play, and to win, in front of a home crowd.” The band’s success represents? an opportunity for promotion to Grade 2.

Celtic Pipe Band of Stoke hosts events through the year, including a Ceilidh in June at Nayland College, and a performance in September at the Theatre Royal, enticingly titled “Under the Kilt”.

Read the Nelson Mail article here.