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The band currently comprises 22 playing members of all ages, with 10 pipers and 12 drummers, plus several learners. We are a social band, where young people are encouraged to participate, and new members are especially welcome.

In 2011 the band completely replaced its kilts, plaids and jackets. After about thirty years of fundraising towards the substantial cost of the replacements, our Chief Macintosh-Castlemaine (Clan Chattan) tartan was replicated in Scotland. New kilts and plaids were made in Scotland to individual measurements, and the jackets were made in Melbourne. Other items of the uniform were also replaced, such as woollen half hose (made in the USA), spats and belts (Pakistan) and feather bonnets (Scotland). Sporrans were purchased second-hand from Williamstown RSL Pipe Band, and all of the badges and metalwork for the belts were made locally by band members in several working bees.

Our sponsors, including the Stoneman's Foundation, Castlemaine Debutante Ball Committee, Castlemaine Rotary Club and numerous individual contributors were very generous. The members of the Castlemaine Highland Pipe Band would like to convey their special thanks to all of our sponsors and supporters for their contributions and help during the uniform renewal appeal.

Photos courtesy Elliott Midland Newspapers, Max Lesser, John Almond. .

The band regularly plays at a number of agricultural shows, parades and festivals throughout the district. We also team up with other pipe and brass bands for parades and displays such as ANZAC Day commemorative ceremonies and our annual bands' fellowship day in October each year.

 

 

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Bands' Fellowship Day 2009


Pipe Major Ian Wilson, courtesy
Maryborough Advertiser.

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