Pipes & Drums

The Pipes and Drums of Saint Kentigern

The skirl of the bagpipes, the beat of the snare drums; these sounds hold a special place in the hearts of Scots, those of Scottish descent and our own extended Saint Kentigern family.

Saint Kentigern College may be on the other side of the world, far removed from the Scottish Highlands, but it is irrevocably linked to a Scottish ancestry with which we closely identify; students, staff and families alike. The sound of our Pipes and Drums stirs our blood; it connects us to one another, it connects us to the past.

Pipes and Drums  (2)_1.JPGSince they first paraded in 1958, the Saint Kentigern College Pipes and Drums have taken on the role of cultural ambassadors for Saint Kentigern; performing at ceremonial occasions on all campuses, welcoming guests to the College and lending support to our top sporting teams at important events.

One of the highlights of the College year is the annual Ceilidh that brings the Saint Kentigern community together for a hugely enjoyable evening of traditional Scottish country dancing along with a superb dinner of Scottish fare. Diners are led into dinner by the Pipes and Drums and are treated to a spine tingling drum fanfare.

Likewise, the Pipes and Drums are in attendance to lead the parades at our two primary school celebrations — Celtic Day at the Boys’ School and Flora McDonald Day at the Girls’ School.

Pipes and Drums  (4)_1.JPGIn addition to performances on campus, the band regularly appears in public in and around the Auckland area and enters competitions each year at local and national level where the band is always recognised with an award. Every three years, the band also travels much further afield to compete - when they make their pilgrimage to Scotland to tour, perform and take part in Scottish competitions.

Wearing the Hunting McFarlan tartan in honour of our founding Headmaster, the Pipes and Drums are a special cultural feature and a proud tradition at the College. Saint Kentigern is one of only three schools in New Zealand to offer tuition in both Piping and drumming.