Published: December 31, 2007

Manawatu takes Palmerston North Square Day

Palmerston North, New Zealand – December 8, 2007 – While the northern hemisphere practices through its cold winter months, antipodean bands are in the middle of their competition season, and the Manawatu Scottish Pipe Band won the overall Grade 1 title at the annual Highland Square Day at Palmerston North. The contest is the second-biggest in New Zealand behind the National Championships in March. Five Grade 1 bands competed, with only City of Wellington not attending.

Grade 1
Overall
1st Manawatu Scottish (MSR preference)
2nd Auckland & District
3rd New Zealand Police
4th Canterbury Caledonian
5th Hamilton Caledonian
Drumming: Manawatu

MSR
1st Manawatu Scottish
2nd Auckland & District
3rd New Zealand Police
4th Canterbury Caledonian
5th Hamilton Caledonian
Drumming: Manawatu
Judges: S. Finlayson, I. Ferguson (piping); D. Pierce (ensemble); B. Staley (drumming)

Medley
1st Auckland & District
2nd Manawatu Scottish
3rd New Zealand Police
4th Canterbury Caledonian
5th Hamilton Caledonian
Drumming: Aukland
Judges: R. Hawke, G. Mason (piping); N. Russell (ensemble); R. Smith (drumming)

Grade 2 (one competed)
MSR & Medley events
1st Horowhenua

Grade 3 (five competed)
Overall
1st Manawatu Development
2nd City of Hastings
3rd Fielding & Districts
4th Aukland Police
5th Hamilton Caledonia No. 2

MSR
1st Manawatu Development
2nd City of Hastings
3rd Aukland Police
4th Fielding & Districts
5th Hamilton Caledonia No. 2
Drumming: Manawatu
Judges: S. Finlayson, I. Ferguson (piping); D. Pierce (ensemble); B. Staley (drumming)

Medley
1st Manawatu Development
2nd Fielding & Districts
3rd City of Hastings
4th Hamilton Caledonia No. 2 (ens pref)
5th Aukland Police
Drumming: Manawatu
Judges: R. Hawke, G. Mason (piping); N. Russell (ensemble); R. Smith (drumming)

Grade 4
Overall
1st Scots College
2nd Paraparaumu & Districts
3rd Taranaki
4th City of Tauranga
5th Thames Valley

MSR
1st Scots College
2nd Paraparaumu & Districts
3rd Taranaki
4th City of Tauranga
5th Lindisfarne College
Drumming: Tauranga
Judges: S. Finlayson, I. Ferguson (piping); D. Pierce (ensemble); B. Staley (drumming)

Medley
1st Scots College
Thames Valley
Taranaki (ens pref)
Paraparaumu & Districts
City of Tauranga
Drumming: Tauranga
Judges: R. Hawke, G. Mason (piping); N. Russell (ensemble); R. Smith (drumming)

In other news, Manawatu Scottish and the New Zealand Police plan to attend the 2008 World Pipe Band Championships.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. A slight change to the Drumming results for Grade 1, NZ Police won the drumming in the Set (not Manawatu) with Auckland & District winning the drumming in the Medley. Manawatu & Auckland were tied on 4 Ranking points, with Manawatu winnng the overall drumming with a 2nd place in the Set. Congrats to all for a very enjoyable day in the Square.

  2. Congrats to the Tu – MP3s of the Grade 1 contest can be found at pbforum.co.nz in the results section. The Nationals on 7/8 March should be very interesting with the Band Club Sydney attending in Grade 1 aswell – good luck to all. Regards Daz

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