Canterbury Caledonian won their first Grade 1 National Pipe Band Championships on Saturday in Tauranga, under sunny, hot skies. Auckland and District took the MSR on Ensemble preference, and the Canterbury Caledonian took the Medley. Canterbury also took the Grade 1 drumming prize, the Westpac and Kitto Cups for mid section and flourishing, and the street march.
In Grade 2, Morrabin made a clean sweep of the contest – winning straight firsts. City of Invercargill settled for second, whilst St Andrews College – winners of the Juvenile event – took third.
Grade 3 was won by Wynnum RSL, with South Canterbury and Canterbury Caledonian Royal Stewarts taking 2nd and third. Celtic Pipe Band from Stoke won Grade 4 A, and Otahahu Pipe Band took out 4B.