Bagpipes call to young musicians

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by Alexia Johnston

A young bagpiper is calling for others to join her.

Pippa Raymond (11), of Timaru, is the youngest playing member of the Timaru Scottish Society Pipe Band, after taking up the bagpipes late last year.

She joined the band at the start of this year, having already mastered the chanter, which she has played since she was 8.

Pippa, who attends Craighead Diocesan School, has always enjoyed pipe band music so when she read about the need for more bagpipers she decided to follow her desire to give it a go.

“I got lost in a parade once and started walking with [the band],” she said.

Her dad, Barry, recalled the incident, explaining she was about 4 years old at the time.

“She was always quite intrigued with them,” he said.

Pippa credits her teacher, Stuart Hughes, for helping her develop her love of the bagpipes.

“I want to say a big thank you to Stu for giving me the opportunity. He has been patient,” she said.

Mr Hughes said Pippa’s dedication was paying off.

“Put it this way, she was determined to learn the bagpipes from an early age and she has put in the time. She’s practised and is very keen.”

Pippa said there were a range of aspects she enjoyed about being in the band.

“I enjoy playing and listening to everyone and everyone supports me in the band as well,” she said.