While many pipe bands in NZ have a competition focus there re others who participate primarily in their communities. For a competing pipe band music, uniforms and marching are important. To understand what a pipe band contest is all about click here to download a guide to the contest events and format.
The ultimate goal is for the band to perform well and be recognised by their peers for their performance – the awarding trophies is part of this process. Many of the trophies at national contests have long histories – Click here to see a list of all the trophies.
The first pipe band contest was held in Dunedin in 1926 (the year when the Pavlova was reportedly created by a Wellington hotel chef in honour of the visit of Anna Pavlova) and since then has attracted thousands of pipers and drummers and spectators to various venues around NZ. Click here to see the full list of past championship winners.