THE Kalamunda District Pipe Band has successfully applied for a $1000 grant from Rotary Kalamunda to help buy kilts and waistcoats for its newest members.
The band’s tartan is MacDonald of Clan Ranald, a tartan chosen by the band’s founders in 1986, and the waistcoats are a recent addition to give more warmth in the cooler winter weather.
The band plays at venues in Kalamunda and the Perth Hills including the Kalamunda Show and the Kalamunda Farmers’ Market, but also entertains the crowds at the Moondyne Festival in Toodyay and at the British Car Rally in Gingin.
Each April the band leads the Anzac parades at Kalamunda, York and Mundaring, while a lone piper (all that the band can spare on such a busy day) leads the Anzac parade at Toodyay.
One or two pipers play solo at various dawn services and at the laying of wreaths at the Anzac ceremonies during the day.
Solo pipers also take part in school Anzac ceremonies such as at Lesmurdie Senior High School, Walliston Primary School, Gooseberry Hill Primary School and Gidgegannup Primary School, and at graduation ceremonies such as the Darling Range Sports College and Forrestfield Primary School.
Pipe band members range in age from 13-years-old to 74-years-old, and at present they have two female drummers and two female pipers.
Many of the players are Australian, but they also have Scots, English, and New Zealand players.
The band is looking for new recruits, either experienced pipers and drummers who have been out of it for some years, or those who would like to learn.