Named after the traditional Emmanuel College colours, The University of Queensland Pipe Band produced and recorded their own CD entitled The White and the Blue. Featuring music recorded by members of the pipe band, the Emmanuel Singers and songs by folk rock band Celtic Fyre, the CD is original and highly entertaining.
You can purchase your own copy of The White and the Blue from Emmanuel College directly.
The White and Blue was officially launched on Friday, 31 October 2003. In 2004, the CD was featured on Macca’s national ABC radio program ‘Australia All Over’.
The following text is an extract from the Emmanuel College newsletter Fiat Lux dated December 2003:
The Emmanuel College University of Queensland Pipe Band CD ‘The White and The Blue’ was successfully launched on Friday 31 October 2003. Over 120 people attended the launch. Many were guests associated with the pipe band and others involved in the production
of the CD.
The support of Council members, and particularly of Honorary Fellow, Mrs Nancy Bonnin, was greatly appreciated. The official guest invited to launch the CD was Mr Paul McLean MBE BCom, former collegian (1972-1974) and Wallaby captain. Mr McLean is currently President of the Queensland Rugby Union and a Vice-President of the Australian Rugby Union. He is a director of property developer FPD Savills.
The Chairman of Council, Mr Tom Appleton, welcomed everyone and congratulated all involved with the CD. Principal Edmonds added his congratulations in his welcome and introduced the Musical Director Ms Elspeth Sutherland and Pipe Major Andrew McCabe, thanking them not only for their efforts to produce the CD but also for their contributions over many years to develop the cultural life of the College and the pipe band.
The Principal also thanked the Pipe Band tutors, Mr Doug Thoresen (Pipes) and Mr Doug Lawrie (Drums) for their invaluable contributions to the development of the Pipe Band. Ms Sutherland and Mr McCabe added their welcomes and thanks to all who had contributed to the production of the CD. The Principal then introduced Mr McLean who spoke warmly of his college days and commended the College on the development of the pipe band, a venture he would have keenly supported if it had existed in his years in College. Mr McLean referred to the CD as an ‘important legacy for the College’.