Pipe band tunes up for a big Scottish weekend

DRUMMER Tim Bodey has no special pre-show rituals before performing with the Federation University Australia Scottish Pipe Band. 

The only secret to the pipe band president’s success is months of hard work. 

In June last year Mr Bodey began preparing for the Australian and South Pacific Pipe Band Championships at Eureka Stadium in Ballarat this weekend. 

He hopes the hard work will pay off. 

“I’m excited that we are bringing a big event to Ballarat,” Mr Bodey said.

On Saturday and Sunday the 50-person pipe band will compete against 25 other bands from Warrnambool, Bendigo, Melbourne, Sydney, Southern Queensland, Adelaide, Perth and New Zealand.

Mr Bodey said the 12 judges would assess the band on the tuning of their instruments, accuracy of their playing and how well the pipes and drums performed together. 

This is the second year the championships have been held in Ballarat.

To mark the occasion, the pipe band will host a special musical performance outside Ballarat Town Hall before marching down Lydiard Street to the Mining Exchange building on Saturday at 9am. 

The championships coincides with the Ballarat Whiskey Experience, which will host several events on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 

Ballarat Regional Tourism chief executive George Sossi said the events had a Scottish feel. 

“The activities offer a really unique and interesting experience unlike any other,” Mr Sossi said.