Rotary in action: Support for Kiama Pipe Band

The sound of the pipes and the beat of the drums can always draw a crowd and this was certainly the case on Sunday, June 24, when Kiama Pipe Band performed in Hindmarsh Park, Kiama. 

Historic links: The “Red Ulster” tartan worn by Kiama Pipe Band maintains the link between Kiama and the early pioneers of the district who came from Ireland.

Historic links: The “Red Ulster” tartan worn by Kiama Pipe Band maintains the link between Kiama and the early pioneers of the district who came from Ireland.

The band has a strong community focus and receives support from Kiama Rotary and Lions Clubs and the Kiama/Jamberoo RSL sub-branch. On the Sunday the Rotary Club of Kiama presented a donation of $1000 to help maintain the band into the future. 

The kilt in the uniform is the “Red Ulster” tartan and this was chosen to maintain the link between Kiama and the many early pioneers of the district who came from that part of Ireland. The band is very cosmopolitan, having both male and female players from Australia, Ireland and America in its ranks. 

The band and individual pipers are in great demand for Anzac commemoration events and to play at weddings and funerals. Under the direction of Pipe Major Paul Wells the band is always willing to offer its support for local community events where the presence of the band can add some colour and spectacle. 

A key goal of the band is to develop its playing strength so that the Kiama community can continue to enjoy the benefits of having its own pipe band. We offer free tuition to young and old who are interested in learning to play pipes or drums so if anyone would like to get involved we would love to hear from you. 

Contact the Secretary John Kenny on 0434 989 253 or send us an email at kiamapipeband@gmail.com.