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2017 South Pacific Championships - Nelson NZ


The 2017 South Pacific and New Zealand Championships will be hosted by the Celtic Pipe Band in Nelson on 10 and 11 March.

South Pacific championships are held in Australia and New Zealand on a three-year rotation.

The contest includes colour, stirring music, impressive marching and all that goes with Pipe Band pageantry. Primarily held at Trafalgar Park, but the street march event will be through the city centre.

Bands compete in Grades 1, 2, 3, 4A & 4B, plus a Juvenile Grade for those 18 years and under. Because of the large numbers in Grade Four and the wide difference in standards having two divisions makes for a more even contest.

In each Grade, the Championship is decided over two music events, the Set and the Medley. Trafalgar Park The Set comprises of a 2/4 March, a Strathspey, and a Reel. Music in this event is generally traditionally Scottish. The Medley is a selection of tunes of the bands own choice, within a certain time frame according to Grade. Music of many different time signatures is heard including hornpipes, jigs, and slow airs.

The host band says: "Nelson is a land rich with spectacular scenery, three national parks, and the high sunshine, great cafés and creativity. As well as enjoying contesting here, we hope you have time to take in what Nelson and the district has to offer. We are pleased to offer you a National Contest with all events in close proximity, right in the centre of our city. We are back at Trafalgar Park, but Bands will be located in a new area. The tent city site, on an adjacent public park, includes trees for shade and lots of space for Bands. We appreciated the positive and constructive feedback we received in response to the survey sent out after Nationals 2015 here in Nelson and have attempted to use this to bring you an even better contest."

For further details http://www.celticpipeband-nelson.nz/information-for-bands




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