Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Only Best Blow in for Tartan Extravaganza; Ipswich Thistle Pipe Band Hosts Titles

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Only Best Blow in for Tartan Extravaganza; Ipswich Thistle Pipe Band Hosts Titles

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Byline: Andrew Korner andrew.korner@qt.com.au

IPSWICH will be marching to the beat of the best drums in the state when the clans gather at Limestone Park tomorrow.

More than 3000 spectators are expected to pack into Bill Patterson Oval to see Queensland's premier pipe and drum groups, as they contest for the 2018 Pipe Band Championship.

A 35-strong Ipswich Thistle Pipe Band contingent will be among the sea of tartan, with the group's treasurer and pipe player Nick Tomkins determined to impress the judging panel.

"We've got 12 bands involved this year. They will come from across south-east Queensland," Mr Tomkins said.

"We've got a number of members who are top grade players so we are definitely going out there to win."

The Ipswich group's talent has been bolstered by its introduction of the Greater Ipswich College of Piping and Drumming. Pipe players as young as eight will be performing with the Ipswich Thistle Pipe Band tomorrow for the Gathering of the Clans. …

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