Canterbury Caledonian Society Grade 1 Pipe Band joins Premier
11 August 2011
Premier is very happy that the Canterbury Caledonian Society Grade 1 Pipe Band is joining its prestigious roster of world class pipe bands.
Established in 1902, The Canterbury Caledonian Society Grade 1 Pipe Band has been active in social and competition arenas ever since. A total of seven overseas tours have been undertaken in the past few years, including five to Australia, and two to North America and Canada. The band has performed with distinction in Grade 1 NZ and Centre Championships for many years, and commands a high level of respect wherever it appears.
The band was crowned Champion of Champions of the New Zealand 2010-11 season, and then in February 2011 the 88-year-old hall belonging to the Canterbury Caledonian Pipe Band organization was destroyed in the earthquake that hit its home town of Christchurch. Thankfully no band members were in the hall when the structure collapsed, but the drums belonging to the organization's Grade 1 and Grade 3 bands sadly lay among the rubble.
The band will be equipped for the 2012 season with a set of HTS 800 side drums and Professional Series bass and tenor in Ruby Sparkle Fade with Diamond Chrome hardware.
The Canterbury Caledonian Society Grade 1 Pipe Band has recently arrived in the UK to compete in the RSPBA North Berwick, Bridge of Allan and World Pipe Band Championships 2011, where the BBC will be following the band on the ‘Road to the Worlds’.
Leading drummer James Laughlin is a World Champion Scottish snare drummer and highly sought-after instructor who has been drumming since the age of ten. Within four years of starting his pipe band drumming career he won the World Solo Juvenile drumming championships in 2000 and 2001; as a member of Simon Fraser University Pipe Band he counts three World Drum Corps titles and two World Pipe Band Championships among his accolades.
James is the chief drumming instructor at the prestigious St Andrews College in Christchurch and was recently appointed as the Director of drumming for the New Zealand National Youth Pipe Band. He is also the principal instructor for the University of Otago piping and drumming program.