Pipin ' Hot team proved a hit at the Australian
Federation Tattoo Ballarat
The Southland Times
January 26, 2002
City of Invercargill Caledonian Pipe Band's Pipin ' Hot
team proved a hit at the Australian Federation Tattoo
Ballaratt, even before the show opened to the public.
Pipe Major David Pickett said from Australia yesterday,
the band was the star act and had been treated as such.
Within hours of arriving, members had been involved in
TV and press
interviews, and there was a lot of interest in its trademark
traditional bagpipes and drums, with rock backing.
Since arriving about lunchtime on Thursday, the band had
been busy learning the marching manoeuvres for the opening
and closing ceremonies.
The first and final dress rehearsal was held last night
_ about an hour
before the tattoo opened to the public.
The event featured massed pipes and drums, brass, highland
dancing and military acts.
It was staged in the grounds of the Ballaratt and Claredon
College with a replica castle at one end.
All of the cast members were staying in the school hostel
adjacent to the parade ground, Mr Pickett said.
"Three hundred and fifty performers staying in accommodation
for about 150." Squeezing everyone in meant extra
mattresses and everyone had to share rooms.
"But everyone's friendly." Temperatures in Ballaratt,
about an hour from Melbourne, were about 35degC but that
was quite bearable, Mr Pickett said.
The band is due back in Invercargill on Monday.