Mrs Christine Peterson
The SCOTS PGC Pipes and Drums has had a busy few months with various competitions starting with the SCOTS PGC competition in March where they competed for the first time in a couple of years. This was a great start for the students who had not previously taken part in competition. On the day the band did very well placing 2nd in the Juvenile B and 3rd in Grade 4B. The students were looking forward to competing at the BBC competition however, due to the COVID outbreak that week it was decided that we would not take part as we were due to play at Maclean the following week.
The 117th Maclean Gathering was a busy but enjoyable weekend for all those who attended. This event is a highlight in the piping and drumming world with competitors from across New South Wales and Queensland attending each Easter Weekend. On the Friday many of the students competed in the solo competitions with outstanding results. Easter Saturday is band day and this year SCOTS PGC won the Juvenile band, were placed 1st in the Grade 4B and best dressed Grade 4 band. They also placed 3rd in the MSR (March, Strathspey and Reel).
Last weekend saw the band travel to Ipswich to take part in the Queensland Championships and again this was a new experience for many of the students. The band played extremely well placing 2nd in both the Juvenile Novice a and Juvenile Novice b.
The band now have time to focus on their solo competition pieces for the Jimmy Durham competition which will be held here at the College in August. This is competition is to find the best young pipers in Queensland and will be held in conjunction with a drumming competition.