WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: Skye Johnson and Alex Clark playing their snare and pipes in Dalby.
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: Skye Johnson and Alex Clark playing their snare and pipes in Dalby. Michael Doyle

Dalby piping duo headed for Scotland

YOU MAY have not even known there is a world championship for bag-piping, but Dalby man Alex Clark is getting ready for the competition in Scotland.

Mr Clark has been playing bag-pipes for nearly 10 years, and is just seven months away from 'the worlds' which will be held in Glasgow.

A member of the Lockyer Piping Band for eight years, Mr Clark and his band members are teaming up with band from across southern Queensland to compete under the name of Murrumba.

Members come from Dalby, Kilcoy, Kingaroy, Gatton, Redlands and one from Victoria, and are meeting monthly to get ready for the championship.

The trip in August will be a dream come true for the Dalby piper.

"It has been a life goal of mine (to play in Scotland) ever since I started competitive piping,” Mr Clark said.

"To actually go to Scotland and see how they do it would be amazing.”

Mr Clark first got into piping when he was at school, before joining the Lockyer club.

It is a passion which he has extended to his girlfriend, Skye Johnson, who has also become fascinated with the sound of Scotland.

"Alex told me his band needed a snare (drummer) so I went along,” Miss Johnson said.

"I learnt one tune, and one became two and then I really started to enjoy it.”

The pair are currently fundraising for the trip, and have been travelling around Dalby playing their tunes.

The band will fly out at the beginning of August, in preparation for the championships


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