Over the Easter weekend, the newly formed Emmanuel College Highlanders at The University of Queensland pipe band won first place in the Grade 3 competition at the 113th Maclean Highland Gathering.
The new band, which is a merger of the former University of Queensland Pipe Band at Emmanuel College and the Queensland Highlanders, made their mark on the Australian pipe band scene just a few months after formally coming together at the end of 2016.
Pipe Major Jason Palfrey thanked all the performers and supporters for their efforts in creating a winning sound while noting that this is only the beginning and there’s still plenty more to do.
Along with the band competition, several players also competed in solo events. Andrew Roach won the A Grade Gold Medal and is the teacher of the B Grade champion Ben Morris and the C Grade champion Abbas Manchadi, who both play with the Emmanuel College Highlanders and the Brisbane Boys’ College Pipe Band. Tom Winks also represented the drum corps and placed second in D Grade Snare.
Over the next few months the Emmanuel College Highlanders will perform at Anzac Day services across south-east Queensland and the Australian Celtic Festival in northern New South Wales. The band will also continue to support College and University functions and compete in several more competitions as part of the 2017 season.