Manawatu Scottish Pipe Band

The Manawatu Scottish Pipe Band is based in the lower North Island of New Zealand, and has a proud history dating back to 1925. The band is led by Pipe Major Stewart McKenzie and Drum sergeant Gary Potter, and is returning to Scotland for the ninth time. Manawatu Scottish is one of the Southern Hemisphere’s premier pipe bands, winning the New Zealand Championship seven times since 2001 and the Australian Championship in 2002. The band also has an excellent track record in Scotland winning the Bridge of Allan Highland Games in 2007, and qualifying for the Grade 1 final at the Worlds on six out of six attempts since 2003. The band has had four top-10 finishes at the Worlds in total, and has been placed 8th in the Medley event on two occasions.
In 2003 the band produced its acclaimed debut album The Calling which showcased it’s home grown talents. This was followed by 2009’s Twelve thousand Miles, the distance between New Zealand and Scotland, which explored a diverse range of musical influences and was also met with critical acclaim.Manawatu Scottish is excited to return to Glasgow and the Worlds after three years away, and will perform a range of its competing and concert repertoire in George Square. Kia ora!