Manawatu Scottish Pipe Band

Manawatu Scottish Pipe Band

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The Manawatu Scottish Pipe Band is a Grade One Pipe band, currently regarded as one of the best in the world. The band was established in 1925 and is based in Palmerston North, New Zealand. The band has a close affiliation with Manawatu Scottish Society, extending back to when the band was first formed. The band organisation comprises a Grade One Band, Grade Two Band, a Grade 4 / Juvenile Youth Development Band, Supporters Club and an administrative body.

The Number One Band are seven-time Grade One New Zealand Champions, having held this title since 2001 - 2008 (Unavailable to compete 2007).In 2002 the band attended the Australian and South Pacific Championships in Brisbane where they won both Grade One titles; the first band since 1974 to win both Australian and New Zealand Championship titles in one year.

The band has developed a highly distinguished international profile, having attended the World Pipe Band Championships in 1997, 1999, 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2009; and at its peak achieving a creditable 9th in the world. In addition, the band was invited to perform at the renowned Internationale Celtique Festival, Lorient, France in 2003.

The Band enjoys a growing reputation as a concert band. Two key factors of innovation and musicality influence the band's concert format leading to a staunch local following and increasing interest in other centres and overseas.

In 2002 the band produced their debut CD "The Calling." and in 2009 produced a second CD "Twelve...
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