Nor West News : February 16th 2012
www.aucklandnow.co.nz Thursday, February 16, 2012 OPEN DAY MARCH 7 BOARDING AVAILABLE for Boys & Girls BR - j6521/02 Saint Kentigern College SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE - APPLICATIONS CLOSE 29 MARCH Register to attend 09 577 0677 www.saintkentigern.com The pipes are calling Musical family: Siblings Chara, Tim, Dan and Chabb Chia of Kumeu revel in rehearsing together. By CARYN WIGMORE THERE'S nothing Scottish in the Chian family ancestry. But that doesn't stop Chara, Tim, Dan, Caleb and Chapp from playing Celtic music in the City of Auckland Pipe Band, based at Mt Albert Grammar School. It all started when the Kumeu siblings, who are all of Malaysian descent, attended a Celtic music camp at Huia five years ago. They tagged along with mum Charity -- a specialist in nutritious Asian and Western cuisine -- who was asked to cook some wholesome meals during the event. Part of the arrangement was the children could all come and learn for free,'' says Charity, a mother of eight. The children seized the chance to learn Celtic instruments and were hooked. Five of her youngest joined the pipe band and formed their own Celtic music group, Oakum, which plays at functions and busks at Taka- puna. Sons Tim, 14, Chabb, 16, and Caleb, 22, are competing at Lloyd Elsemore Park in Pakuranga this Sunday in a pipe band contest run by the Royal New Zealand Pipe Band Association. The Chias defy tradition with their taste for Celtic instruments. People always ask where we're from and whether we've got Scottish blood in us,'' says 20-year-old Chara who plays the side drum. But the pipe band has members of many nationalities, brother Chabb says. Bagpipes were invented in Pakistan,'' he says. He says good piping calls for special breathing tech- niques and rehearsing at the nor-west house where all the children are homeschooled. Mum never has to tell them to practise,'' says Chara, a business develop- ment student. She actually has to tell them to stop practising and do something else.'' The Chia children all strive for musical excellence but their mother has her own goal. It is my dream to manufacture a range of ready to eat raw snacks.'' DRUMMING UP SOME COMPETITION Pipers and drummers from all over Auckland and some from Thames and Tauranga are involved in Sunday's event. Auckland Centre of the Royal New Zealand Pipe Band Association president Innes Jephson says the bands are made up of senior players and children as young as 10 who are keen to gain exposure and entertain the public. Mr Jephson says the contest will be run alongside a daytime tattoo. The day will include a marching competition from 11am and music events in the afternoon. A massed pipe band will play in the tattoo arena at noon. The event is being run with the help of the Creative Communities Scheme. Go to www.nor-westnews.co.nz to hear some of the Chias perform.
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