Pipe Band

OVERVIEW

On 10 September 1946, Mr Fotheringham, Mayor of Johannesburg and member of the Governing Body, announced to the school Governing Body that he was prepared to present the school cadet corps with the equipment necessary to form a Pipe Band. He asked for the Governing Body’s approval for his proposal.

The Fotheringham family were as Scottish as haggis and Mr Fotheringham naturally thought that the bagpipes would sound better than bugles. But not all the governors agreed.

E.C. Nelson, the secretary, reported the discussion rather cannily in these words: ” … This suggestion met with a mixed reception, but, as most members lived at some distance from the school, the headmaster was asked to report on the matter at the next meeting ..”

This must have been one of the very first decisions Mr Nitch, the new Headmaster, was required to make. He said “Yes” and in due course the school acquired its Pipe Band and the skirl of the pipes was heard on the heights of Houghton Ridge. Not all the Sassenachs who lived in the neighbourhood approved of the strange noises they now began to hear but they grew accustomed to them as the years went by. 

Mr Fotheringham’s gift to the school was a generous one. He gave twelve sets of pipes, kilts, head-dress and sporrans for a band of twenty-four – and a very smart turn-out it was. The Transvaal Scottish helped in every possible way by lending the services of Pipe-Major Ackroyd and giving the members of the band permission to wear the tartans of the regiment – Tullibardine for the pipers and Atholl Murray for the drummers.

It takes three years to train a school piper in the time available so it was not until 25 March 1950, that the Pipe Band made its first public appearance. There were deafening cheers as it marched and counter-marched on sports day, with Drum-Major P.J. Scott at its head.

Mr J. S. Fotheringham has gone down as the founder of the Pipe Band.

There was a patch in the 50’s where there was talk of disbanding the Band. The then school Pipe Major John Farmer took it upon himself to ensure that this never happened.

The early sixties heralded a dedicated Piping Instructor, Sandy Mallen. Sandy Mallen coached the Pipers for a mammoth seventeen years, leading the Band through both weak and achieving years.

Sandy Mallen was succeeded by Pipe Major Christopher Mulinder in 1975 the then acting Transvaal Scottish Pipe Major. The Band continued to be successful in both competition and parade work and has done so to the present day.

The Band has had many successes as a Band and also on the Solo circuit. K.E.S. has been instrumental in promoting the playing of Piobaireachd which is the classical form of Highland Bagpipe music.Most notably,former Pipe Major Craig Sked, a member of Scottish Power Pipe Band,wins the prestigious Oban Silver Medal in Scotland & former Leading Drummer Callaghn Soligram playing for the World Championship winning Pipe band Benoni Mac-Talla in 2009.

The Band can be proud of its Solo achievements as the Band has produced Pipers who now live in the U.K. and who are competing on the International circuit.

Today, the Pipe Band still endures through the hard work & dedication of many tutors who have given up a large portion of their time to ensure that not only the school has a pipe band but also that the band is very competitive on the competition field. The band’s tutors are drawn from pipe bands with just as an illustrious history as the King Edward VII Pipe Band. These include the South African Irish Pipes and Drums,Transvaal Scottish,Richmond Avenue and Benoni Mac-Talla.

The highlight of the Band’s school calendar is the Armistice Parade in November which is often the First Parade for the newcomers entering into the Band. This is always an impressive affair featuring the haunting lament played by the Pipe Major.

2018 Rankings

Front Row
Llewelyn Cotty – Lance Corporal
Masigitha Mkhawane – Sargent – Lead Drummer
Zipho Oliphant – Corporal – Leading Tip

Back Row
Taigue Mitchell – Sargent
Marc Durandt – Lance Corporal
Liam Howes – Lance Corporal
Wanda Morapeng – Lance Corporal


LATEST RESULTS

2018

Regional Champions – 21 July at St Benedict’s Gathering

King Edward VII School placed 1st overall.
Regional Drumming and Piping Champions.
Placed 1st in both the novice juvenile and grade 4 sections.

Term 2 Wrap by Peter Bond

KES Pipe Band 2018 Term 2 Overview Peter Bond

Results from the Pretoria Boys’ Gathering – 16 June 2018

Overall: King Edward VII School 3rd

Results from the Cornwall Hill Gathering – 9 June 2018

Overall: King Edward VII School 2nd

Placed second in both novice juvenile and grade 4 section. Some fantastic results boys. Well done to all. Go School.

Results from the De La Salle Gathering 26 May 2018

Overall: King Edward VII School 2nd

Results from the Jeppe Gathering held 12th May 2018

March Selection: 2nd
March Strathespey Reel: 2nd
Mid-Section: 2nd
Drum Corps: 3rd

Overall: King Edward VII School – 2nd

South Coast Gathering – Toti 28 April

Overall: King Edward VII School – 2nd 

Piper James Hickman was named the Overall Winner for the HW Kinsey Novice Challenge for pipers for the 2017/2018 season.

2017 – Results in pdf’s at sidebar

Celtic Fest: 17/05/2014 – 18/05/2014

The band competed in the Celtic Fest Highland Games and achieved a fourth place overall, with the drum corps achieving a 3rd.
On the Sunday an individual competition was held and Luke Campkin-Smith achieved 4th place in the Junior Piper section and Brian Mola walked away as the Champion Junior drummer of the day.

South Coast Championship: 12 May 2014

The King Edward VII School Pipe Band travelled down to Amanzimtoti and competed in the South Coast Championship on the 3 May, where the band achieved a 2nd place in their section.

Upcoming Fixture/Gathering Dates: Pipe Band Competition Dates 2014

• 2014/05/17 : Celtic Fest : Broederstroom
• 2014/05/18 : Celtic Fest Solo Piping and Drumming Competition : Broederstroom
• 2014/05/31 : De La Salle Highland Gathering : Johannesburg
• 2014/06/14 : Pretoria Boys Highland Gathering : Pretoria
• 2014/06/28 : Cornwall Hill College Highland Gathering : Pretoria
• 2014/06/29 : Cornwall Hill College Highland Gathering Solo Piping and Drumming Competition : Pretoria
• 2014/07/12 : St Benedict’s Highland Gathering : Bedfordview
• 2014/07/26 : Benoni Highland Gathering (South African Pipe Band Championships) : Benoni

• 2014/09/27 : South African Solo Drumming Championships : Bedfordview
• 2014/10/11 : George Ackroyd Challenge Solo Piping Contest (SPSW) : Johannesburg

Celtic Gathering at Champetre Estate in Modderfontein: 12 May 2012

Juvenile – Overall
Band
1st Benoni Juvenile
2nd St Benedict’s Juvenile
3rd CBC Boksburg Jeppe
4th KES

Drum Corps
1st Benoni Juvenile
2nd KES
3rd CBC Boksburg Jeppe
4th St Benedict’s Juvenile

Bass Section
1st Benoni Juvenile
2nd KES
3rd St Benedict’s Juvenile
4th CBC Boksburg Jeppe

Juvenile – March, Strathspey & Reel
Band
1st Benoni Juvenile
2nd St Benedict’s Juvenile
3rd CBC Boksburg Jeppe
4th KES

Ensemble : Adrian Haddow
1st Benoni Juvenile
2nd St Benedict’s Juvenile
3rd CBC Boksburg Jeppe
4th KES

Piping 1 : Ian Houston
1st Benoni Juvenile
2nd CBC Boksburg Jeppe
3rd St Benedict’s Juvenile
4th KES

Piping 2 : Graham Whitley
1st Benoni Juvenile
2nd St Benedict’s Juvenile
3rd KES
4th CBC Boksburg Jeppe

Drum Corps : Steve St Clair-Hall
1st Benoni Juvenile
2nd KES
3rd CBC Boksburg Jeppe
4th St Benedict’s Juvenile

Bass Section : Nicholas Schmidt
1st Benoni Juvenile
2nd KES
3rd St Benedict’s Juvenile
4th CBC Boksburg Jeppe

Juvenile – Medley Selection
Band
1st Benoni Juvenile
2nd St Benedict’s Juvenile
3rd CBC Boksburg Jeppe
4th KES

Ensemble : Alex Hay
1st Benoni Juvenile
2nd St Benedict’s Juvenile
3rd CBC Boksburg Jeppe
4th KES

Piping 1 : Gordon Delaney
1st St Benedict’s Juvenile
2nd Benoni Juvenile
3rd CBC Boksburg Jeppe
4th KES

Piping 2 : Struan Young
1st Benoni Juvenile
2nd CBC Boksburg Jeppe
3rd St Benedict’s Juvenile
4th KES

Drum Corps : Steve Buchanan
1st Benoni Juvenile
2nd St Benedict’s Juvenile
3rd CBC Boksburg Jeppe
4th KES

Bass Section : Lucky Khumalo
1st Benoni Juvenile
2nd KES
3rd St Benedict’s Juvenile
4th CBC Boksburg Jeppe

Novice Juvenile – Overall
Band
1st St John’s (Zimbabwe)
2nd Benoni Novice Juvenile

Drum Corps
1st St John’s (Zimbabwe)
2nd Benoni Novice Juvenile

Bass Section
1st St John’s (Zimbabwe)
2nd Benoni Novice Juvenile

Novice Juvenile – March Selection
Band
1st St John’s (Zimbabwe)
2nd Benoni Novice Juvenile
3rd De La Salle
4th St Benedict’s Novice Juvenile

Ensemble : Adrian Haddow
1st St John’s (Zimbabwe)
2nd Benoni Novice Juvenile
3rd De La Salle
4th St Benedict’s Novice Juvenile

Piping 1 : Ian Houston
1st St John’s (Zimbabwe)
2nd De La Salle
3rd Benoni Novice Juvenile
4th St Benedict’s Novice Juvenile

Piping 2 : Graham Whitley
1st St John’s (Zimbabwe)
2nd De La Salle
3rd Benoni Novice Juvenile
4th St Benedict’s Novice Juvenile

Drum Corps : Steve St Clair-Hall
1st St John’s (Zimbabwe)
2nd Benoni Novice Juvenile
3rd St Benedict’s Novice Juvenile
4th De La Salle

Bass Section : Nicholas Schmidt
1st St John’s (Zimbabwe)
2nd Benoni Novice Juvenile
3rd St Benedict’s Novice Juvenile
4th De La Salle

Novice Juvenile – March, Strathspey & Reel
Band
1st St John’s (Zimbabwe)
2nd Benoni Novice Juvenile

Ensemble : Alex Hay
1st St John’s (Zimbabwe)
2nd Benoni Novice Juvenile

Piping 1 : Gordon Delaney
1st St John’s (Zimbabwe)
2nd Benoni Novice Juvenile

Piping 2 : Struan Young
1st St John’s (Zimbabwe)
2nd Benoni Novice Juvenile

Drum Corps : Steve Buchanan
1st St John’s (Zimbabwe)
2nd Benoni Novice Juvenile

Bass Section : Lucky Khumalo
1st St John’s (Zimbabwe)
2nd Benoni Novice Juvenile

Drill, Dress & Discipline
Judge : Ian Hooper
Senior
1st SA Irish
2nd Benoni MacTalla
3rd Transvaal Scottish A
Juvenile
1st Benoni Juvenile
2nd St Benedict’s Juvenile
3rd CBC Boksburg Jeppe

Competition Dates 2012

• 26/05/2012 : De La Salle Highland Gathering (Regional)
• 16/06/2012 : Pretoria Boys Highland Gathering (Championship)
• 23/06/2012 : Natal Scottish Gathering
• 30/06/2012 : Cornwall Hill College Highland Gathering (Regional)
• 01/07/2012 : Cornwall Hill College Highland Gathering Solos
• 14/07/2012 : St Benedict’s Highland Gathering (Regional Final)
• 28/07/2012 : Benoni Highland Gathering (Championship Final and S A Champs)
• 06/10/2012 : George Ackroyd Challenge (Solo Piping Competition)

Amanzimtoti Gathering: 30 April-1 May

Band 4th
Drum Corps 4th
Mid section 3rd

Solo Results:

Silver Piobaireachd: Jason Crawford 1st

Junior Snare drumming: Nicholas Tickle 1st
Brian Mola 3rd

Novice Tenor Drumming: Kamogelo Mokgatle 1st
Sizwe Mbele 6th

Open Tenor Drumming: Morris Mthalane 1st

Celtic Festival: 14-15 May 2011:

Band 4th
Drum Corps 2nd
Mid-Section 2nd

Solo Results:

Silver Piobaireachd: Jason Crawford 1st

Junior Snare: Nicholas Tickle 1st & Brain Mola 2nd

Open Tenor: Morris Mthalane 2nd

Results 2010

De La Salle Highland Gathering
1st overall in the Novice Juvenile Section
Drum Corps 2nd overall
Bass Section 1st overall

March: Band 1st, Drum Corps 1st, Bass 1st

March Strathspey and Reel: Band 2nd, Ensemble 2nd, Piping 2nd, Drum Corps 2nd, Bass 1st.


PIPE BAND VIDEO

King Edward Pipe Band at the Annual Jeppe Gathering – 2018

 

Attached below is the video the King Edward Band did for a commemoration video for the victims of the Manchester bombing that happened during 2017. It is in tribute of a young piper, Eilidh who was 15 years old, that was killed in that event. The video will be broadcast at a memorial event later during 2018.

Pipe Band commemorationManchesterVideo

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2 June 2018 – Pipers lead the 1st XV out on Derby Day vs St John’s and in tribute to the red legend, Mr Brian ”Torchie” Kerr.

Pipers lead 1stXV2June TributeMrKerr


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