The Naracoorte Highland Pipe Band has turned 70

The Naracoorte Highland Pipe Band was formed on October 5 in 1948, however the first public performance was in September 1949. Over the past 70 years the Band has performed on numerous occasions in Naracoorte, throughout the South East, and interstate.

The Band has been very successful in competitions first under Pipe Major Paddy Lawson from the early 50s to the early 70s and then under Pipe Major Don Patterson from the early 70s until his passing in 2017. This has allowed the band to perform for the public in Naracoorte and District over 70 years free of charge and at a high standard.

Don Patterson was the 3rd Pipe Major of the Pipe Band and the longest serving, becoming Pipe Major in 1971 until his passing in 2017. His dedication was such that his last practice with the Band was just days before his passing. This dedication saw him become life member of The Naracoorte Caledonian Society 1982, Naracoorte Highland Pipe Band 1983, South Australian Pipe Band Association 1995 and the Australian Pipe Band Association SA Branch 1999 as well as many other achievements both in the piping world and outside.

The Pipe Band, along with the Patterson family, would like to invite all past members our many supporters and members of the public to participate in a dedication ceremony in the Naracoorte Town Square, near the flag pole, at 1pm on November 3 to acknowledge the achievements of the late Don Patterson, followed by a ceilidh in the town hall to celebrate the Band’s 70th year.

The entertainment for the ceilidh will be by The Naracoorte Highland Pipe Band and supported by both The Blue Lake Highland and Horsham Pipe Bands. A tribute dance to Don Patterson will be performed by the Ardlair Dancers.

The Naracoorte Highland Pipe Band wish to thank the public for your support over 70 years and would like to ask anyone who may be interested in learning the bagpipes or drums to contact Pipe Major Ed Coventry on 0475428989.