April 30, 2006

Manawatu changes leadership

The Grade 1 Manawatu Scottish Society Pipe Band of New Zealand will have a new Pipe-Major, with Pipe-Sergeant Revel McIntyre stepping in to the spot after Stewart MacKenzie moves to London.

“Revel McIntyre, whom I have every confidence in, will be acting pipe-major in my absence,” MacKenzie said. “There are also a lot of mature heads in the ranks, so I’m sure it will be business as usual.”

MacKenzie said that he will have “a directional role from afar,” and will return for New Zealand’s Square Day competition in December.

Manawatu caught the attention of many at the 2005 World Pipe Band Championships, finishing tenth in the Grade 1 final and fourth in the qualifier contest. The band released a well reviewed recording, The Calling, in 2003, and MacKenzie is one of New Zealand’s top solo pipers and has success in competitions in Scotland.

Manawatu had not been planning to compete at the 2006 World’s due to travel costs.


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