Condobolin Tattoo

Tattoo will be terrific


The NSW Police Pipe Band will be performing at the Condobolin Tattoo on 16th September  

Media Release.

On Saturday 16th September 2017, the Fourth Condobolin Tattoo will be hosted by the Condobolin RSL Pipe Band in conjunction with the Condobolin RSL Club.
Organisation for the 2017 Condobolin Tattoo is well underway with world recognised Pipe Bands, Dancers and other performers confirming their attendance.
We are very fortunate to have secured the New South Wales Police Pipe Band to perform at the Condobolin 2017 Tattoo and to celebrate with them their 70th Anniversary.
The Band was formed in 1946 by then Police Commissioner William John MacKay, at the request of a group of experienced police pipers and drummers on the proviso that the ancient tartan and the crest of Clan MacKay be adopted. The Clan motto “Manu Forti” translates to “with a strong hand”.
In August 2017, the Band will be appearing for the second time at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Scotland. The first time being in 1975.
A shortage of serving police able to play pipes and drums saw the introduction in 1973 of “special constables.” These were civilians playing with the band on a full-time basis and, like serving members, they were equipped and recompensed. More were to join the band over the next 5 years and when the State Government of the day disbanded the unit in 1989 there were 22 members, 10 serving police and 12 special constables.
A group of the band’s ex members reformed the band in unofficial capacity for the Anzac Day march in 1990 and 1991. The band has continued since that time achieving great results and attaining a well-established reputation within the NSW Police Force and the community.
The New South Wales Police Pipe Band provided a substantial contribution to both Edinburgh Military Tattoos held in Sydney in 2005, 2010 and Melbourne in 2016 and was widely recognised by many participants and spectators of those tattoos.
Today, both serving and retired police come together with community volunteers to proudly serve the people of New South Wales as an official State Band. Most noticeable in their striking red doublets, the band continues to produce a splash of red (and tartan) amongst the sea of police blue uniforms.
The 2017 Condobolin Tattoo would not take place without the support of the community and our Gold sponsors – Condobolin RSL Club, Lachlan Shire Council, Evolution Mining, CMOC – Northparkes Mines, Chamens Supa IGA & Liquor and Penrith City Council.
Tickets go on sale on 1st July 2017 online at Adults $40 Children $10 (3-17yrs). This is an outdoor all weather event. Get your tickets before they are all sold out!! For more information please contact: Rob Neal Pipe Major on 6896 2917 or Heather Jones Secretary on 0429 548 796.
Media Release

Tartan in the streets

Kilts, bagpipes and drums may not be what come to mind when thinking of the Australian bush, but the 2014 Condobolin Tattoo showed that the heart of NSW can put on a Tattoo as well as any other.

• Above: Spectators lined the footpaths on Bathurst Street on Saturday evening to watch the procession of pipe bands, drummers, marchers and other performers for the 2014 Condobolin Tattoo. KP

By Lara Pearce

Kilts, bagpipes and drums may not be what come to mind when thinking of the Australian bush, but the 2014 Condobolin Tattoo showed that the heart of NSW can put on a Tattoo as well as any other.

The Condobolin RSL carpark was jam packed on Saturday night as people from across Australia crowded in to watch the professional display of bands, marchers and dancers.

The 2014 Condobolin Tattoo boasted bands and marching teams from all over New South Wales, including the prestigious Fire & Rescue NSW Band and Marching Team, the Canobolas Highland Pipe Band, the City of Maitland Pipes & Drums, the Sixth Light Horse Trundle Troop, the Wagga & Districts Highland Pipe Band and the Joy Reiher School of Scottish Dancing.

Some of the boarding schools also got involved, with the Scots School Bathurst Pipes and Drums and the Yanco Agricultural High School Drum Corps putting on striking performances.

Kilts, bagpipes and drums may not be what come to mind when thinking of the Australian bush, but the 2014 Condobolin Tattoo showed that the heart of NSW can put on a Tattoo as well as any other.

• Above: The Fire & Rescue NSW Band and Marching Team made a striking procession in the parade. KP

The street parade, which marched down Bathurst Street from 5pm, attracted many interested onlookers, before it proceeded to the RSL carpark for the main performance.

The Condobolin RSL Pipe Band hosted the Tattoo and also made an impressive performance on the evening. Other local performers included the Dindima dancers, who perform contemporary Indigenous dancing, the Condobolin RSL Physie & Dance Club.

It is the third time the triennial event has been held in Condobolin. Committee member and Pipe Major of the Condobolin RSL Pipe Band, Rob Neal spoke, welcoming everyone to the performance and thanking all those who contributed time and resources.

In step for Condobolin Tattoo

• ‘Shandy’, Drummer Michael and Michelle Whiley join the ranks of the Condobolin RSL Pipe Band at the Condobolin Show. KT

The Condobolin pipe band has recently recruited a somewhat unusual member to its ranks.

With four legs and standing at over 16 hands high, Shandy as she is affectionately named is in fact a horse.

Owner of Shandy, Michelle Whiley said the idea to include her in the Condobolin Pipe Band came about after attending the Edinborough Tattoo which featured mounted drummers.

Since then Michelle has been putting a lot of work into preparing Shandy for Condobolin’s own Tattoo.

“Not much phases Shandy” Michelle said.

“It took her about ten minutes to get used to carrying the drums.

“After that it was just a matter of getting her used to you banging the drums while on her, and to having pipes playing around her” she said.

Shandy featured in the Condo Pipe Band at the Condobolin Show this year, and she will be accompanying them again during the parade at the Condobolin Tattoo on September the 17th; get your tickets now.

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