Musical aspirations more then a 'pipe' dream
HERVEY Bay's pipe major Hugh McBroom wants to bring the standard of piping up to Sydney standards.
"I have been a pipe major since I was in school and I'm in my fifties now," Hugh said.
Hugh returned to Hervey Bay a couple of years ago and joined the Hervey Bay RSL Pipe Band.
"I got to know all the band members and at the AGM on July 25 I was inducted as the band's pipe major," he said.
"I have a fair bit of experience.
"I won the Australian championships when I was 16-years-old and in 1986/87 I won the South East Asian championships."
The soloist performer said he had a very good ear.
"I'm a bit of a natural and fell into piping pretty quick," Hugh said.
"I have been a teacher since I started and would love to see more people join the band.
"I can teach anyone to play.
"Piping is especially good for those with asthma - most conditions go away after building their strength from piping."
The pipe major said he was also going to introduce some new sounds.
"I am looking to introduce some alternative music including songs like We Will Rock You and In The Mood.
"And we will introduce new instruments - it will add onto what we already do."
The retired police officer performs in three bands.
"I perform with the Hervey Bay band which does more festivals and events, I tutor the Maryborough RSL Pipe Band and am a piper with higher-grade band, The St Mary's Pipe Band in Sydney," Hugh said.
"I will bring a lot to the bay - it's the best place on the planet.
"The band will have a lot better sound - it will be well worth seeing when we hold our performances."
The Hervey Bay RSL Pipe Band started in 1999. They meet at Yarrilee State School, 15 Scrub Hill Rd, Urraween, Hervey Bay on Monday nights - beginners 6.30pm, band 7-9pm.
For more information phone High McBroom on 0427 412 953.