Carlie pipes up a storm for Ipswich
THE sounds of pipes and drums echoed in the Ipswich air as the Pipe Band Queensland Championships made its presence known at Limestone Park.
Hosted by the Ipswich Thistle Pipe Band, bands from throughout Queensland and Northern New South Wales were drawn to the city to compete. More than 2600 people descended on the park to watch 135 soloists and 18 bands compete in the prestigious event.
Pipe Band Queensland chairman and Ipswich Thistle Band president Don MacSween said the event had been a real treat for spectators.
"It was a full-on day, we had so much happening," he said.
"Each of the 18 bands played twice, performing in march, strathspey and reels sets as well as a medley section of whatever they liked."
Mr MacSween, an avid bagpipe player with the Ipswich Thistle Pipe band for more than 60 years, said bands were judged on a variety of criteria.
"Judges looked at things like tone and tuning of the instruments, technical ability and overall integration of pipes and drums," he said.
The Scottish extravaganza also included highland stalls and mass bands at the end of the day.
Band category winners
- Juvenile - Brisbane Boys College
- Grade Four - University of Queensland Immanuel College.
- Grade Two - St Andrew's Pipe Band
- Grade One - Queensland Highlanders.