THE Naracoorte Highland Pipe Band again managed to fill all positions at its recent annual meeting.
Despite having several pupils learning piping and drumming, more are desperately needed to ensure the band remains part of the town's history.
The retirement of Hamish Smith was accepted with regret, at the same time appreciating the service to the band by the whole Smith family.
Four siblings have given many years of service since the band's formation in 1948.
One of the first engagements was to lead the grand parade at the Naracoorte Pastoral and Agricultural Society in 1949.
During the 65 years since its formation the Naracoorte band has led many parades, organised debutante balls, pipe band championships and highland games.
It has also competed with much success in SA and interstate.
In recent years, like so many organisations particularly in country areas, it is proving difficult to find people prepared to commit to learning despite tuition being available at no cost.
The band pays its running costs from engagement fees and a couple of raffles each year.
Member Don Patterson said the band was very appreciative of the "very generous and widespread support" from the community.
The winner of the July wood raffle was Kingston's Erma Blacksell.
Currently the band enjoys working with the Blue Lake RSL Pipe Band in Mount Gambier, which also has a number of people learning and is optimistic for the future.
The bands help each other with engagements, the most recent being a performance to a packed house at the Mount Gambier Community RSL.
Later in the year they will play at the Mount Gambier Show, the Limestone Coast Tattoo and a number of Christmas parades.
They are also hoping to enter the competition arena early next year.
For further information about the band contact Don Patterson or Anthony Munro.