These are just a few of the community events in which the Band participates:
The Mackay & District Pipe Band’s year commences with a Burns Supper at the North Mackay Bowls Club in late January.
The next event is the St Patrick’s Day Céilí for our Irish friends in mid-March.
ANZAC Day is the busiest day of the Band’s year. Mackay & District Pipe Band will play at the Dawn Service in Mackay, provide a mini-band for Dawn Services at Marian and Kuttabul and solo pipers at Greenhill, Farleigh, and Seaforth. The band will then march at full strength in the Mackay Main Parade before attending other parades and services throughout the day at Calen, Mirani, and Finch Hatton.
In mid-June, the Band travels north to Townsville to play at the Townsville Tartan Day with our friends from the RSL Memorial Pipes & Drums, the Townsville-Thuringowa Pipe Band, and the Townsville Scottish Community.
The Bluewater Fling this year will be held on July 14 at the Bluewater Quay on the banks of the Pioneer River, in the Mackay city centre. It is an evening of non-stop Celtic music featuring local band Hullabaloo, highland dancers, visiting pipe bands, and the Mackay & District Pipe Band.
In October, the Band plays at Mackay’s multi-cultural Global Grooves event in Queens Park.
This year on Remembrance Day 11/11/2018 members of the band will be involved in the “The Battles O’er” where pipers from all over the world will be playing the tune When The Battles O’er at the same time at 11 a.m. of the 11th day of the 11th month to celebrate the end of the First World War. They will perform at the Cenotaph in Jubilee Park, Alfred Street.
The last event of the Band’s year is the St Andrew’s Day Ceilidh at the North Mackay Bowls Club at the end of November.
Friends of the Band Events
International Dance Affair is renowned for its variety of dance genres and fantastic story-lines which feature in their annual dance concerts. This year is no exception with such dance genres as Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Highland, Baton Twirling, Hip Hop and Irish Dancing.
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A monthly blog written by Piper Aaron Gray
News items from the band
Congratulations to Aaron Gray on his win at the ACT Solos held in Canberra. He gained a 2nd for C Grade 2/4 March and First for Stathspey and Reel.
Graham Dixon, Brucey, Deborah Orr and Aaron Gray at the World Championships in Glasgow 2018. Both Aaron and Graham competed with Murrumba Pipes and Drums.