Milngavie Pipe Band visit Croatia for festival of music

Dobbies Garden Centre, Bearsden'Santa Arriving, Sunday 25th Nov 2012.'Milngavie Pipe Band lead Santa to Dobbies.'Photo by Paul Mc Sherry / 25th Nov 2012.
Dobbies Garden Centre, Bearsden'Santa Arriving, Sunday 25th Nov 2012.'Milngavie Pipe Band lead Santa to Dobbies.'Photo by Paul Mc Sherry / 25th Nov 2012.

Milngavie Pipe Band has recently returned from a fascinating trip to Croatia following an invite from musicians they met last year in Italy.

A group of 20 pipe band members stayed in the small town of Pleso, near Zagreb airport, and performed at a number events as part of a traditional music festival in the nearby town of Busevec.

The pipe band had been invited to the country by Ogranak Sekjacke Sloge Busevec this summer after meeting them on a summer tour last year at Torcati in Verona.

Craig Bell, pipe major, said: “It was a fantastic trip. Our hosts really looked after us, particularly our translator Vanesa Petric and the president of the band that was looking after us, Nenad Rozic.”

The Milngavie band members were given a fascinating insight into traditional Croat music.

Craig added: “We did a few street concerts and were very well received.

“The group that were looking after us has been going since just after the Croatian war of independence, which ended in 1995 and this is their third annual festival.

“Each day we were taken to see different places and to play in squares, concerts, town halls and street parades.”

Pipe band members also had a chance to try and play the Dudec.

This is a traditional instrument similar to the bagpipes but quieter.