Briana Dent (10), of Balclutha, helps draw a crowd to the
Octagon on Saturday by playing the tenor drum at the
Octagonal Day Pipe Band Contest. Photo by Linda Robertson.
It was piping hot in the Octagon yesterday for the Otago
Southland Provincial Pipe Band Contest, with blue sky and
sunshine as far as the eye could see.
Royal New Zealand Pipe Bands Association Otago Centre
president and adjudicator Brian Coutts said the weather was
perfect for pipe-banding in Dunedin, which contributed to
some very high-quality playing - particularly in the Grade 4
section of the contest.
''Preferably, we like it when the [weather] conditions stay
''If it doesn't, the change in temperature affects the tuning
of the pipes and drums.''
The provincial contest brought to an end a weekend of
pipe-banding competition and entertainment in the city, which
began on Saturday with the Octagonal Day Contest.
The events drew large crowds to the Octagon to watch 15 pipe
bands being put through their paces in street marching,
dress, drill, medley and set competitions.
Mr Coutts said there were more than 300 musicians in the city
for the events from bands as far away as Christchurch,
Invercargill and Queenstown.