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Thursday, 20 June 2013
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Mrs PRENTICE (Ryan) (13:45): I am very proud to announce that the University of Queensland Pipe Band at Emmanuel College has retained its grade 4 champions title following the 2013 Queensland Pipe Band Championships recently held in Ipswich. The band took out first place from a field of 13 bands representing Queensland and New South Wales to be named Queensland grade 4 champions for the second year in a row. The band will now go on to compete at the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, in August. Pipe Major Andrew McCabe said

Learning a specialised instrument like the bagpipes takes many years of practice and for any piper or drummer in Queensland to have the opportunity to compete at the World Championships is, for many, a once in a lifetime experience.

The band won the Queensland pipe association trophy, the Donald Mackie Trophy for best pipe corps and the Best Medley Performance award in grade 4. The University of Queensland Pipe Band is under the patronage of Emmanuel College principal Professor Stewart Gill, and he says the band is excited about representing the university, the college and, indeed, the Queensland community at the world championships. I wish them the best of luck.