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5 February 2020 - The band said goodbye to Frank Botha at his last band practice with Durban Regiment Pipe Band on Tuesday evening. Frank is leaving with his family to begin a new chapter of his life in New Zealand. Frank’s first parade as a piper with the band was the Armistice Day Parade on 11 Nov 2015, and Frank has subsequently played in a huge range of concerts, competitions and parades with the band over the years. In addition to being a valuable member of the pipe corps, Frank has been a never ending source of amusement for the band, waging a tireless “one man war” against the drum corps... for no apparent reason. We aren’t sure what the drum corps are going to do now with all the hours of time they usually devote to countering Frank, but we are sure that Frank will be sorely missed by everyone in the band. Good luck in New Zealand Frank, and thank you for your contribution.      


1 February 2020 - Members of Durban Regiment Pipe Band played at a surprise 70th Birthday Party for Pipe Major Ken Mustard. It was a hot summers evening, but that did not stop Ken from putting on a uniform and joining in. Ken has been the bands pipe major since 1980, and shows no signs of slowing down. Happy Birthday Ken, and thank you to Kens wife Muriel for a fantastic party!  


24 to 26 Jan 2020 - Durban Regiment Pipe Band was part of the Burns Evening show at the Rumbelow Theatre at Tina’s Hotel in Kloof. The band put on a display for guests before the show, and Ken the “piped in the haggis” as part of the start of the opening of the show. All went according to plan until the last show, when a rain shower scuppered efforts to play for the guests outside. However, not even rain could get in the way, as the band squashed into the theatre to complete the performance.   


16 December 2019 - Members of Durban Regiment Pipe Band descended on the Bedford’s home for a fantastic end of year party to celebrate the end of another year. Thank you to the Bedfords, and well done to all of our bandsmen and women for another memorable year. Thank you also to the family members and the huge numbers of members of the public who have supported us through the year. We wish you all a blessed festive period, and look forward to seeing you all again in 2020.   


15 December 2019 - Please note that the Kloof SPCA have sadly cancelled the Carols of Candle Light that DRPB was scheduled to appear at on 15 December 2019. The grounds were been deemed to be unsafe due to their water logged condition following the extended period of heavy rainfall. The event was intended to be a fundraiser for the Kloof SPCA. If you are able, then please still visit the SPCA or contact them during the festive season to support their shops and various other fundraising initiatives.  Every little bit is needed to get them through this busy period, and the impending new years rush of lost pets.


11 November  2019  - Ken and Billy played for the wreath laying ceremony at the annual Remembrance Sunday Parade, held at the Cenotaph in the Durban City Centre. The even was well attended by troops from the army, navy and air force, as well as the KZN Army Band. A large number of representatives placed wreaths to mark the anniversary of the armistice at the end of World War I. The day has since become a day to remember all those who have fallen whilst serving their country.


13 October 2019 - Participants of the FNB 10 km Fun Run encountered Durban Regiment Pipe Band cheering them on at the 2 km mark. The organisers had once again gone out of their way to treat the over 10 000 entrants to a fantastic event. Well done to everyone that took part, and to the band members who did their best to play for almost an hour until the last runner past through. Special mention needs to be made of side drummer Hilton Howard, who played in band kit for the first time, and has been added to the members list of Durban Regiment Pipe Band. Well done Hilton.


Notice for 11 Nov 19: Please note that the annual Armistice Day Parade in the Durban City Centre has been cancelled. The MOTH organisers were unable to guarantee the minimum number of 200 MOTHS on parade, which is a condition on which the municipality agrees to close the roads. If you are wanting to attend a service or lay a wreath, then please check with the individual MOTH shell holes for the smaller regional services that will take place over the coming weeks. The 11th of November marks the anniversary of the armistice at the end of the Great War. It has become a day which is internationally observed to remember those that fell during the Great War, and all wars since.


8 September 2019 - Durban Regiment Pipe Band took part in the Annual KZN Piping and Drumming Society Fundraiser, “Music from Scotland”. The concert was held in the impressive surrounds of the Durban Light Infantry hall, and was well attended by an appreciative crowd. DRPB opened the show, and was followed buy NMR, PMB Callies, DBN Callies pipe bands, as well as celtic dancers. Thank you to everyone that supported this worthy cause. All funds are used to promote piping and drumming in KZN.    


9 August 2019 - Happy Woman’s Day! Durban Regiment Pipe Band was part of the fun and excitement at the “Conquering Through Prayer Ministries International (CTPMI) street parade, held in Moses Kotane Rd in Durban. The parade started at 09:30, and was included colourful banners commemorating Woman’s Day, a motor cycle club with pink balloons, fire dancers, Zulu Dancers, Salvation Army Band, and of course Durban Regiment Pipe Band. The parade progressed past curious onlookers down Moses Kotane Rd, and ended in cheering crowds outside the CTPMI Auditorium. For more information about CTPMI, check out www.ctpmi.co.za, or find CTPMI on Facebook.       


18 Aug 2019 - Approval has been granted for the renaming of 52 South African Reserve Force Units. Durban Regiment will be officially renamed the “King Shaka Regiment”, and issued with new Regimental Colours and insignia. Due to the number of regiments being renamed, the process will reportedly be phased in over the next three years. The names of many other regiments that currently have pipe bands will also be consigned to history in the process, such as Cape Town Highlanders (to become Gonnema Regiment), South African Irish Regiment (to become Andew Mlangeni Regiment), Transvaal Scottish Regiment (to become Solomon Mahlangu Regiment), Witwatersrand Rifles (to become Bambatha Rifles), Natal Mounted Rifles (to become Queen Nandi Mounted Rifles), and Cape Field Artillery (to become Nelson Mandela Regiment). Other local military pipe band names that have disappeared in recent years, include Natal Carabineers Pipe Band and 1st Medical Battalion pipe band, who’s members previously left the defence force to continue as Pietermaritzburg and Durban Caledonian Society Pipe Bands, respectively.  


28 July 2019 - Durban Regiment Pipe Band joined the festivities at the annual “Councours d’Elegance Motor Show”, held on the sweeping green lawns of the Durban Country Club. The organisers went all out to make the event an event to remember. Many of the spectators donned the latest fashions, and were treated to a huge range of impressive cars on show, ranging from very old to very new. The organisers were aiming for classy and elegant, and achieved their aims in spectacular fashion. There was a vast variety of exceptional quality food and beverage stands available, VIP tea room, a live East Coast Radio host, and helicopter rides over Durban. DRPB paraded through the grounds during the day, and played a few concert tunes on the stage before the price giving at the end of the day. The Concours d’Elegance Motor Show makes its visitors feel like VIP’s, and is a breath of fresh air to look out for next year. Keep up to date on www.concoursdurban.co.za, and find them on Facebook.        


27 to 28 July 2019 -  the spectacular annual motor show “Councours Durban” will be held at the Durban Country Club. Durban Regiment Pipe Band will put on an appearance on 28 July. Check out www.councoursdurban.co.za for more details.  

21 July 2019 - The annual remembrance ceremony for the Battle of Delville Wood has been cancelled due to planning complications. It is possible that the defence force may reschedule for a future date, but there is no confirmation at present.  


29 June 2019 - Durban Regiment Pipe Band took part in an evening concert at the Shongweni Farmers Market. The concert is held each year to assist with covering the costs of running the KZN Scottish Gathering. One of our pipers was still not quite recovered for the concert, but soldiered through it without drones to make up the minimum numbers for the pipe corps. Well done Frank! The band was able to deliver the selected sets to an appreciative audience, and the concert succeeded in covering the operating costs of the gathering. The venue provides a wonderful setting for a concert, and is definitely worth a look in  next year for anyone who missed it. One of our drummers, Andy Turrelll, then went on to greatly impress the crowd with a fantastic guitar solo with the Durban Caledonian Society Pipe Band in a subsequent set. Well done Andy!       


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