The Pipe band traveled to Durban during the holiday to compete in the South Coast Highland Gathering on 27 and 28 April. Arriving on the Wednesday prior to the competition enabled the band to put in three days of intense practice leading up to the weekend. With the help of Old Andrean, Thomas Fuller, the band was able to make strides in advancing their playing ability.
The band competed on the Saturday in two divisions, the Novice Juvenile U19 section where they were placed 3rd in the March Strathspey and Reel, as well as the Open Grade 4 section where they were placed 2nd in the MSR. Unfortunately the March selection in both divisions let the band down lowering their overall placing.
Solos were held on the Sunday with some very good performances being produced.
Esona Dyantyi 1st overall in Novice Snare Drumming
|Africa Matshingana 1st Novice Tenor drumming|
|Likhona Rulashe 2nd Novice Tenor drumming|
Murray Campbell 1st Junior Tenor drumming
Chris Pretorius 4th in the U17 Piping
Arran Hepburn 3rd in the open Silver Piobaireachd and 1st in the U17 Piping
The band can be proud of what they achieved, as a young band they have laid a good foundation on which to improve and learn in the months and years to come.