Visitors to New Farm park were treated to the skirl of the bagpipes and the cadence of drums as the Pipes & Drums National Servicemen’s Memorial Band performed a selection of popular tunes and marching displays to an appreciative audience, on Saturday 9 October.
The Band will continue to attend and perform at the park and its members are proud to have the opportunity to entertain visitors, whilst enjoying the colours and atmosphere of the park surrounds.
The Band was formed in 1999 by a Mr Dales Whyte as a living Memorial to the over 300,000 young men who were called up for National Service over two periods, 1951 to 1959 and 1965 to 1972.
Through the hard work of Dales and the support of the 61st Battalion, Queensland Cameron Highlanders Association, the band currently wears the Cameron of Erracht Kilts, the uniform of the old 61st Battalion.
New members are welcome to join, as the Band is non-competitive and no military background is required.
The Band’s performance calendar has continued to grow, gaining public recognition within the Brisbane Region and is regularly asked to play for numerous community, military and major engagements within Queensland, Interstate and overseas.
The Band is currently sponsored by the 9th Battalion, the Royal Queensland Regiment and practices at the Monash Centre, Gallipoli Barracks Enoggera Brisbane.
The Band is led by Pipe-Major Rolly McCartney and Drum-Major Dennis Deering.