Sibling duo hope for second time lucky

THIS week two members of the Dubbo and District Pipe Band will travel to Glasgow, Scotland to compete in the Pipe Band World Championships.

It will be the second time that Nathaniel and Katerina Agnew have competed at the worlds.

In recent years the Agnews' affiliation with Sydney-based Hawkesbury Nepean Valley Pipe Band (HNVPB) has allowed them to experience competitions at local, state, national and international level.

In 2010 Nathaniel, Katerina and three other members of the Dubbo and District Pipe Band travelled to Scotland with HNVPB.

They competed in the European championships in Belfast, Northern Ireland and various other contests throughout southern Scotland where they managed to win a healthy number of trophies.

Nathaniel and Katerina also featured in the local Glasgow newspapers and then, with other members of HNVPB, were privileged to attend a reception at the offices of the Lord Provost (mayor) of Glasgow.

At the 2010 World Championships about 8000 pipers and drummers from 16 countries competed in front of 50,000 spectators.

The Agnews achieved 10th place out of 23 bands in the Novice Juvenile grade.

As part of the 2012 tour, Nathaniel and Katerina will take part in the opening act at a pre-worlds concert on the Renfrew Ferry.

There Nathaniel will do a solo performance in front of some of the best pipers in the world.

They will also take part in the 'Beat the Retreat' drill display in George Square where various bands showcase their skills.

On August 11 it is the World Championships, and this year Nathaniel, 16 and Katerina, 14, will join with the adults to compete in grade 4B at the contest.

They said they were excited about competing once again at the championships where they can display their talents and meet up with friends they made on their last trip to the UK.

It is a major achievement for a small country pipe band such as Dubbo, to have such talented young players who are capable of achieving at such a high level.

The Dubbo and District Pipe Band practises every Wednesday evening at the Pipe Band Hall in Darling Street, at 7pm.

All new members and learners are most welcome.

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