Pipers back to heat up stage

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City of Invercargill Highland Pipe Band pipers Paige Taylor (15) who has learned the bagpipes for the past five years, and Casey Thompson (11) who has learned the bagpipes for the past year.

THE City of Invercargill Highland Pipe Band will heat up the Civic Theatre next Friday with its Pipin’ Hot show.

Organised by Judy Ward and Aaron Copeland, this year’s performance will celebrate more than two decades of performing Pipin’ Hot

“It feels awesome to have reached this milestone,” Ward said.

Ward said the show had received fantastic community support over the decades.

“Throughout the years, the show has remained as popular as ever, and the cast has grown as the band numbers have increased.”

Although there were only four of the original members still involved, this year there would be a cast of 62 pipers and drummers, with many helpers backstage.

“As well as some of the popular, traditional numbers, some new contemporary items will also be introduced to this year’s show.

“The Grade 2 band will also play their winning medley from this year’s New Zealand Pipe Band Championships and the younger members will also perform.”

Pipin’ Hotnot only showcases the City of Invercargill Highland Pipe Band, but also some of Southland’s top musicians in the backing band, vocalists and dancers, Ward said.

The pipe band will be joined by guest vocalists Brendan Mason, Cheryl Anderson, Michelle Lange, violinist Warwick Walter, dancers and a backing band.Pipin’ Hot, Civic Theatre, Friday, May 24, 7.30pm. Tickets from TicketDirect and the Invercargill city Council booking office, Esk St.

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