Special treat for young piper

SCHOOLS of the Whitsundays received a special visit from ‘Kops n Kilts' earlier this month.

The ‘Kops n Kilts' performance by Queensland Police Pipe and Drums was extra special for Whitsunday Christian College student Iain MacMillan who was invited to play with the band during their visit to his school.

Pipe Major Roddy MacDonald said Iain stepped up to the plate very nicely.

“He was very professional; slotted in just perfectly.

“We were really pleased to have him play with us.”

Iain said he was happy with the way he performed on the bagpipes, even though he was quite nervous.

Iain's father Neil MacMillan also joined in on the performance at the Christian College, just for old time sake.

Neil has played with Queensland Police Pipe and Drums in the past and his father has also performed.

“We come from a long line of pipers,” he said. “Iain's grandfather [who lives on the Sunshine Coast] would have been very proud to see him performing today,” said Neil.

The band also played at Cannonvale State School, St Catherine's Catholic School and Proserpine State School.

Proserpine State School Deputy Principal Ross Hughes said the audience interaction of the show was a real feature.

“It was a real buzz for the kids - loud, entertaining, uplifting,” he said.

“Some children and staff were selected to participate in their last song, ‘Bob the Builder'.

“They also played a request for two of our Scottish teachers with Flower of Scotland – it was quite emotional.”

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