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DSG announces first girl Pipe Major

By Lauren Jonas - Dec 7, 2018
DSG announces first girl Pipe Major

Diocesan School for Girls (DSG) in Grahamstown on Wednesday announced Lucy Ter Morshuizen as the first girl to hold position of Pipe Major come 2019.

“This marks a momentous milestone in the history of Pipe bands in South Africa,” says Stephen Penney, Marketing & Communications Officer at DSG.

Though pipe playing has often been seen as a sport relished by Scottish men, pretty faces have since broken this phenomenon. 

Penny says Lucy started learning the Pipe in grade 7 (March 2015), by former DSG pupil, Kaeleigh Vetch.

Debuting her first performance as band member early 2017, Lucy has enjoyed performing in almost every band concert ever since.

In addition, she successfully competed as soloist at the Knysna Celtic Festival in February this year.

Lucy takes over from Jonathan Campbell who was Pipe Major in 2018.

Girls from DSG have been playing in the band since 1995, when Christine Harris became the first DSG piper.

Years later, many of DSG pupils have taken up this ‘Scottish’ tradition serving in the St Andrews pipe band as piper or leading side drummer.

Moreover, St Andrew’s College Pipe Band celebrates its eightieth year of existence this year, and is said to be the oldest school pipe band in South Africa.

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