For pipe bands and solo piping. This is the second ‘unofficial’ major of the New Zealand pipe band season, and the first where all the Grade One bands compete against each other.
The venue, Palmerston North Square is four acres of park in the centre of the city. It is always held on the second Saturday in December. It has a reputation amongst the bands of being a relaxed and well run competition. Palmerston North is ideally situated to allow bands from Wellington to Hamilton to travel to the contest and be able to return home the same day. That does not prevent bands from Auckland, Christchurch and Australia from coming and staying the weekend. This year is the 43rd Square day.
The draw and times for the 2023 Jenny Mair Highland Square Day.
Graded Set and Medley Competition – 11.00am Saturday, December 9, 2023
The contest will use one board and run Graded Set and Graded Medley events, commencing with the Grade 4 Set. Bands will be notified of the draw prior to the competition.
Champion Band Doug Miller Cup
Runner-up Band Henderson Cup Trophy
Winner | Medley event McPhee Shield
1st, 2nd, 3rd | Ensemble Annan Trophies
Champion Drum Corps Neil McIntosh Trophy
Champion Tenor Corps Cameron Cup
Winner | Grade 4 Ensemble Ellen Adam Trophy
Winner | Grade 3 Set event Roy Kerr Trophy
Winner | Grade 2 Set event Hitchings Trophy
Winner | Grade 1 Ensemble Ron W Wood Memorial Quaich
Winner | Juvenile event Mair/Bailey Trophy
Champion Grade 2 Band Carmichael Family Trophy
Square Day Winner | Grade 4 Hamilton Family Trophies
Square Day Winner | Grade 3
STREET MARCH and MASSED BANDS
The Street March event shall commence at 5.30pm near the Palmerston North City Council building and is compulsory for all competing bands. Each band is to follow the path towards the i-Site before a right-wheel is made to then halt at the Massed Bands assembly point as indicated.