A highland gathering

by admin on July 14th, 2018

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Piping up support: Athol Chalmers led the Canberra Burns Club Pipe Band to second place at the recent national championships. Photo: Katherine GriffithsLike many Canberrans, Athol Chalmers headed north for the October long weekend.

However, holidays were the last thing on his mind, leading the Canberra Burns Club Pipe Band in the Australian championships.

The pipe band came second and 10thin Grade Three and Grade Four divisions at the championships, held on Saturday at Knox Grammar School.

The event, held every two years, will see 30 bands and more than 1200 pipers and drummers compete.

Mr Chalmers said he was pleased with the result, with both bands making large improvements compared to the previous nationals.

“It was a very successful result, it was very competitive with a lot of bands competing on the day,” he said.

“We all played as well as we could have.”

Grade Three saw the band compete up against 10 other bands, while grade four saw a much larger field with 20 bands.

As part of the competition, the band had to play both a march and a medley, rehearsing the repertoire for the last two months.

“We’ve been playing it for the last year, but we doubled down with practices over the last eight weeks,” Mr Chalmers said.

Piping has been in Mr Chalmers’ blood for years, playing with the prestigious Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band in Scotland for six-month season.

He said the band, who have won 16 world championships, is the “Manchester United of the pipe-band world”.

“I got to 33-years-old and thought, if I don’t try [to audition] I’ll never know,” he said.

Since his stint with the band in 1993, Mr Chalmers has since been pipe major with the Burns club.

As well as this, he set up the Canberra College of Piping and Drumming in 1998, which sees more than 100 people attend the college’s workshops.

Despite the stellar result at the recent national championships, Mr Chalmers’ work with the band is far from finished.

He will lead the band at the ACT Highland Gathering and pipe-band championships this Saturday.

The event will take place all day at Kambah Oval, with free entry as well as food and clothing stalls.

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