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Askin Pipe Band Centre

St Andrew’s College has many fine cultural and sporting traditions, which have been enhanced in 2016 by the opening of the Askin Pipe Band Centre.

The Askin Pipe Band Centre is a purpose-built facility which is home to St Andrew's highly successful Pipe Band, which now boasts 125 students.  The original Askin Band Room was opened in 1969, marking the 50th anniversary of the College's Pipe Band.  The Band Room was built with the assistance of a donation from the Askin family, in memory of Richard Askin who was Pipe Major in 1964, but was tragically killed in a car accident in his early 20s. 

The 2011 earthquakes damaged the Askin Band Room beyond repair, which led to the new facility being built and being officially opened on 24 March 2016.  The plaque from the original Band Room now takes pride of place on the walls of the Askin Pipe Band Centre.