A cheque for $500 was presented by the Maclean TAFE to the Maclean and District Pipe Band on Thursday, February 4, at the Maclean campus. The donation came from TAFE’s sponsorship of the pipe band’s contribution, to the Maclean Chamber of Commerce’s Maclean MacMarket Day event, in January this year. President of the Maclean and district pipe band Ian McLennan was thrilled to receive the donation. “The cost of outfitting the pipe bands 25 members (for the uniforms and drums) is around $50,000 and that excludes the bagpipes,” said Mr McLennan. “That’s the significance of donations and sponsorship. “Our sponsors are our lifeline and we appreciate all our sponsors,” he said. Mr McLennan said that they now have a very competitive band with some quality players who have joined the band recently and this year they will be chasing the Australian (Scottish pipes and drum bands) championships. “We’ve come second in the past and we’re hoping to go one better this year in October, at Knox Grammar School, in Sydney. Maclean is the Scottish town in Australia and the pipe band is the third longest running Scottish Band in Australia. The band was founded in 1898 at the Maclean Hotel. The money will go towards new kilts for the band members.