Roll Call: Knysna and Districts Pipe Band

Programme Notes: CTMT 2014

“Although piping and drumming has been in existence in Knysna for many years, the Knysna & Districts Pipe Band with its current membership, leadership and commitment was only formed in 2009, with the objectives to promote piping and drumming in the Garden Route and to serve the local community through its performances at local events and festivals.

To continuously strive to improve the quality of its performance, the band regularly enters local and national pipe band competitions and was very pleased to be the South African Grade 4 Champions for 2014, which also saw the band promoted to Grade 3 at the end for 2015.

The band is led by Pipe Major Steve Collins and Leading Drummer Kevi Levin.” (CTMT 2014)

 

Programme Notes: CTMT 2015

“Although piping and drumming has been in existence in Knysna for many years, the Knysna & Districts Pipe Band with its current membership, leadership and commitment was only formed in 2009, with the objectives of promoting piping and drumming in the Garden Route and serving the local community through performances at local events and festivals.

Continuously striving to improve the quality of its performance, the band regularly enters local and national pipe band competitions and since being promoted from Grade 4 to Grade 3 at the end of the 2014 season – after competing for only one year in the higher grade – was very pleased to have been crowned South African Grade 3 Champions for 2015.

The highlight of each year for the band, for the last four years, has been their very own  Sundowners Celtic & Bluegrass Concert – a fundraising event with profits going back into the community, the major beneficiary being the Knysna Sea Cadets. This event was expanded considerably in February this year, where it became one of the many highlights of the extremely successful Knysna Celtic Festival, which included a Pipe Band Competition, Highland Dancing, Highland Games and many other attractions. Eight pipe bands took part in the festivities and in  the morning, the N2 through Knysna was closed for a historic street march, inspiring sights and sounds for the thousands of spectators who turned out to watch the parade. This festival will be held again on Saturday 27 February 2016.

The band is led by Pipe Major Steve Collins and Leading Drummer Kevi Levin.” (CTMT 2015)