Drumming up support ...

THE community witnessed what they can do at the Maclean Highland Gathering, but to continue marching, playing the bagpipes and drumming, The Maclean Pipe Band is seeking sponsorship.

The band’s secretary, Trevor Essex, says the cost of operating the band is astronomically high, with the cost of a kilt alone being several hundred dollars.

“We are a not-for-profit organisation and we were sponsored by the Maclean RSL Club at one point, but that has ended,” Trevor said.

“We raise all of our own funds and don’t charge when we appear at different places around the Valley, however, finding sponsorship is becoming increasingly difficult.

“We have approached a few of the businesses in town, but because we can’t wear logos or business names on our uniforms it has been hard to get people on board.

“We have a lot of younger members, too, which has made things a little difficult at times as there are only a limited number of people.”

The band was recently downgraded from a grade three band to a grade four, and because of lack of funds they are finding it difficult to go away to competitions to get their higher grading back.

The band formed in February 1898 and was initially part of The Scottish Rifles E Coy MacLean. Since 1995, the band has been Queensland Champions on numerous occasions in grades three and four.

If you would like to sponsor the band, contact Trevor on 6645 3382 or email nickclark@mhth.com.au.

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