The Formation of the Mildura Pipe Band
In November 1919 the Mildura Districts’ Fire Brigades hosted the North Central Fire Brigades’ Demonstration. The Maryborough Pipe Band and assorted Scottish entertainers were brought to Mildura and conducted a series of extremely popular ‘Scotch Concerts’ throughout the district, in aid of the district hospital services ….
The Mildura Pipe Band and World War 2
Shortly after the outbreak of war, two of our band members – Ern and Herb Forrest – enlisted in the army and went to the Middle East. The remaining members of the band, all keen to enlist, felt that the years of band training would be lost, particularly if we were split up into different regiments ….
Danny McPherson – Mildura Pipeband’s First Pipe Major
Donald “Danny” McPherson was a fascinating character: he was born at Portree, Skye, around 1881, the son an accomplished piper, Donald McPherson, and learnt to play the pipes at an early age. He showed great aptitude and commitment, practising for three hours a day, and became something of a child celebrity ….