Above: Pat Murphy (centre) on St. Patrick’s Day 2009 in Waterford City.
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At the Munster Solo piping and drumming competition held on Sunday April 5th in Newcastle West in Co Limerick twelve De La Salle Scout pipers and drummers flew the flag for Waterford and competed in the Munster championships. James Stone and Pat Murphy came first in their grade and were crowned Munster Champions for 2009. Kellie Clarke came second in her piping grade and also took third place in the open grade Piobrach where she was competing against pipers of all age groups, this was a wonderful achievement for Kellie. Paul Burke came third in his piping grade. Emily Costello and Mark Bardgett came second in their drumming grades.
All of the pipers and drummers who competed in the competition were commended for their commitment to their band and were told by the various judges that they had excellent potential to improve their skills in the art of playing pipes and drums and were encouraged to maintained a rigorous practice regime. In May and June the full De La Salle Scout Group Pipe Band will compete in competitions in Cobh and Tralee.