NZ Police tops at Auckland mini-bands
Auckland – October 15, 2016 – The New Zealand Police Pipe Band was overall first in an inaugural mini-band contest held at Murphy’s Law Irish Bar in Drury, Auckland. The group, led by Pipe-Major Emmett Conway, won the MSR section and gained enough overall points to come out ahead of Canterbury Caledonian, led by Pipe-Major Richard Hawke, in the Grade 1 section.
In a novel approach, the events were judged using two piping and two drumming adjudicators, and all four judges convening to come up with a single ensemble decision.
1st Canterbury Caledonian (2,2,1,1,1
2nd New Zealand Police (1,1,2,2,2)
1st New Zealand Police (1,2,1,1,1)
2nd Canterbury Caledonian (2,1,2,2,2)
Grades 3 & 4 combined
2nd Bay of Plenty
1st Auckland City
2nd Auckland Police
Judges for all events: Brian Switalla, Merv Appleton (piping); Ross Levy, John Hillind (drumming)