HBHS Pipers Shine at National Bagpiping Championships

HBHS has gone from strength to strength in the world of bagpiping in recent years and the run of good results keeps on coming. On the weekend of the 20th and 21st of March, 1800 competitors from across New Zealand travelled to Hastings to compete as members of 48 different pipe bands at the New Zealand National Pipe Band Championships. Eight current students and six HBHS Old Boys competed on March the 19th and 20th at this event. Our students did very well considering five of the students were competing at their first National competition with our senior players finishing 3rd overall in the Juvenile Grade. What is notable about this achievement is that they placed ahead of St Andrew’s College, and the last time a North Island Juvenile Pipe Band achieved this feat was 14 years ago. Our learner students placed 10th in the Juvenile Grade and Class of 2020 Old Boy Patrick Chen finished 1st in drumming in the Grade Two Street March event. All students played very well and special mention must be made of Sam Gordon who was the drum sergeant for the very first time at a National competition.