In 1956, at the Eastern Cape Highland Gathering in East London, the band fielded 7 pipers – five of whom were related. There was Pipe Major Knobby Clark, Pipe Cpl Ian Clark (Knobby’s 2nd son), Piper Lesley Clark (Knobby’s eldest son), Piper Sandy Clark (Knobby’s youngest son), and Pipe Sgt Ian MacPherson (married to Knobby’s only daughter, Jean). The saying goes, the band should have been called the ‘Clark Clan Pipe Band’.
In 1955, a champion piper and piping judge, Maurice Forsyth, composed a 6/8 march “Pipe Major George Clark” in his honour. This was played for the first time to members of the band on the Sunday after the Eastern Cape Highland Gathering in 1956, where the band swept the boards with most trophies, except Champion piper, which Forsyth had won. The band adopted the tune and for the next decade or so, it was played as the ‘coming out tune’ after the MSR at every gathering the band entered.
In 2009, the pipe band had five Marwick’s in the band – Philip on bass; Tyrone, his son, on pipes; Lesley and Andrea (Philip’s daughters) on tenor; Philip’s grandson of 4 years, Brogan, also on tenor.
Brogan Marwick enjoying playing Drums at the Fish Hoek Moths Hall, Battledress, 2008
Brogan – No drum too tough! Eastern Cape Highland Gathering 2009
At the Amanzimtoti Highland Gathering in 2016, The Cape Town Caledonian Pipe Band competed with 8 snares, 4 tenors and a bass. For eight of these members (5 snares, 2 tenors and the bass), this was their very first outing playing in the band, putting on a uniform. Ages ranging from 10 – 14 years old. At a Champion of Champions competition. We did extremely well that day coming 2nd overall, as well as be placed 1st for ensemble by judge Bob Worrall.