GOOD FORM: Ipswich Thistle Pipe Band members (from left) Peter Thomson, Tim Caldwell, Don MacSween and Alwyn Clarke.
GOOD FORM: Ipswich Thistle Pipe Band members (from left) Peter Thomson, Tim Caldwell, Don MacSween and Alwyn Clarke. David Nielsen

Pipers head to Ipswich

MORE than 140 pipers and 16 pipe bands from Cairns to Melbourne will descend on Limestone Park on Saturday for the Queensland Pipe Band Championships.

Ipswich Thistle Pipe Band pipe sergeant Katrina Stead said they were back as a true contender this year after losing a number of key members a few years back.

Ipswich Thistle Pipe Band won several titles from 2004-11 including the NZ Pipe Band Championships and Ms Stead said this could be their year. Ipswich plays host each year to the Queensland Pipe Band Championships and Queensland Solo Piping and Drumming championships.

Held at Bill Paterson Oval, the event takes on a festival atmosphere with Scottish food, licensed bar and a barbecue on offer.

This year the program features soloists from Townsville, Cairns, Bundaberg, Maryborough, south-east Queensland, northern NSW and as far south as Melbourne and Sydney. The competition field is so big, judges will be coming from New Zealand, Victoria and Queensland.



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