De La Salle Holy Cross College learner pipes his way to a win
Michael Storie, a Grade 7 pupil at De La Salle Holy Cross College, won the Novice Juvenile March Competition at the Sandy Mallen Piping Solo Competition held at the Transvaal Scottish headquarters on 7 March. The Novice Juvenile competition is open to players up to the age of 19.
Michael started his pipe band journey at the beginning of Grade 4 in 2017. De La Salle Holy Cross College has a long history of piping and Michael stepped into a process that has been in place for 40 years. He began playing in the competition pipe band in his Grade 5 year. Michael has gone from strength to strength with the help of some of South Africa’s top pipers who tutor the school band.
Michael’s love of music has been nurtured by the school’s commitment to the cultural development of its learners. Under the guidance of the College’s director of music, Naomi De Klerk, Michael also participates in the choir, the youth band and has been a keen participant in cultural and music evenings on both his guitar and his bagpipes. “The hours of practicing and the great efforts of my tutors Mr Shepard and Mr Hogg have paid off. It is wonderful to have so many people invested in my success. I love that music is so important to college life and that I get to enjoy it with my friends. My favourite gathering of the year is the De La Salle Holy Cross College Gathering but I enjoy all the gatherings throughout the year.” he said.
The De La Salle Holy Cross College National Championship Highland Gathering takes place this year on 30 May. The band welcomes school aged children from Grade 4 to Grade 12. Please contact Dot Montgomery on 082 391-9893 for more information.