History

An Introduction & short history of the Highlands Pipes & Drums:

Prior to 1999 a few piping and drumming enthusiasts joined together periodically for major functions such as Anzac Day in the Southern Highlands. This group then approached Rod Parker of Moss Vale to instigate a pipe band. Rod was well-known piper throughout Australia and has played in many of the NSW bands.
As a result of this approach the Highlands Pipes and Drums was formed and began playing in public on Anzac Day 1999. Renewed efforts are in place to rebuild numbers.
Being a local Southern Highlands community organization, The Highlands Pipes and Drums encourages people of all ages to join. Lessons in Piping and Drumming are available for anybody wishing to learn the art.
PATRONS
1999 to 2013. Alf Thom
2000 to 2008. Lee Parker
2013 Mittagong RSL
HONORARY LIFE MEMBERS
2004 Alf Thom
2005 Rod Parker
ACTIVITIES
Since commencing public performances in 1999, the band’s level of performance and contribution to the community has been a strong indicator of the stability of the group and the commitment of the members.
The band has competed in a number of pipe band competitions since its inception at: Wollongong; Castle Hill; Mittagong, Canberra and Manly. Some of the band’s players also compete in solo competitions and enjoy quite a deal of success when doing so.
The band has played regularly at numerous venues such as Australia day – Picton and Berrima, Anzac day , and Berry Celtic festival.
PRACTICE
The band has 2-3 weeks recess each year, taken from late December to early in the following January.
The band and individual players are available for engagements on request throughout the year. Contact can be made to:
Chris Tabram (Pipe Major) 0402343046
Karen Webb (President) 0403562327
Ian Daglish. (Secretary)
BAND PRACTICE
Thursday nights 7-9 PM at The Highlands School Mittagong
Individual tuition is available.