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Pipes welcome in Centenary Weekend

A profile of a girl playing the bagpipes in the foreground, at an assembly.

The Old Girls’ Honours Assembly had a very special start this year, the sound of Queen Margaret College’s own piper Megan Brodie.

Year 9 student Megan has been playing the bagpipes since she was five years old after listening to her dad play with his band.

“Most people start playing at around the age of 12 as, at that age, they are more likely to have the stamina and strength. However, my dad and tutor found a way to help me start learning at a younger age because I was so keen to start,” she says.

Megan says she was excited to have the opportunity to play at Centenary Weekend.

“I was so focused on playing well that I did not have a chance to feel nervous.

I was very pleased to be asked to play at such an important event and hopefully everyone enjoyed the sound of the pipes,” she says.

As well as playing at Centenary Weekend, Megan has competed in several competitions this season, in both grade 2 and grade 4 bands. Her excellent piping has led her to become a full-time member of the grade 2 band (the second-highest band possible).

“I competed in the Hawke’s Bay Easter Highland Games, the solo bagpiping equivalent to the national bagpipe band contest. I placed first in the D grade strathspey and reel competition and second in the D grade 2/4 March competition. This means I can officially move up to the C grade next season.

“I also competed with the Wellington Red Hackle grade 4 pipe band in the national contest in Dunedin. Here I won the Pipe Major’s Cup for outstanding piping and for making my debut in the grade 2 band.”

The next season will start in December. Until then, Megan will be focusing on learning new music.

She says she enjoys playing the bagpipes because of the way they sound when played well.

“I also enjoy playing in a band and playing more challenging tunes because they are more enjoyable.”