NZ Police Pipe Band impresses overseas
The New Zealand Police Pipe Band achieved a string of impressive
results on its recent visit to Ireland...
The European Championships attracted entries from 139 pipe bands
from around the world. The New Zealand Police Pipe Band was ninth
overall in the top grade of the competition. Other competitions at
Strangford prior to the Championships, and at Howth the day following,
saw the band placed second and first respectively.
"Our tour to Ireland was one of the most successful overseas trips ever," says
band manager, former Inspector Dale Stephens.
"Alongside the warmth of the welcome we received everywhere we went, the
competition was very strong, and the performance of band members amongst some
best was outstanding."
"The ninth placing at the European Champs was an amazing achievement for the band
with a number of players who had not competed at this level before."
The band also took part in official engagements, including performing a tribute
to fallen officers at the Royal Ulster Constabulary Memorial Gardens, participating
in a Police Service of Northern Ireland graduation ceremony, and attending two
After its recent success overseas and earlier this year at the New Zealand Championships
the band is now busy planning for next year's competitions.
"We are inviting Grade One and Two side drummers, tenor drummers and pipers to
contact us if they are interested in joining the band for the New Zealand competition
season and the trip to Glasgow for the World Champs in August next year," says
For more information about the New Zealand Police Pipe Band look in the 'About
Us' section of the Police website.