The Retreat Parade held annually during Balloon Week at St Andrew’s College and DSG, has historically only ever had College and DSG musicians in the band. This year for the first time, the first Prep pupil – and youngest Preppie to ever join the band – played in the Retreat Parade. Grade 6 pupil Christopher Pretorius joined the band earlier this year and has worked extremely hard to achieve the level of competency and proficiency needed.
After Retreat, Chris travelled with the St Andrew’s College Pipe Band to compete at the Wynberg Gathering over half-term. The Band did exceptionally well and was placed 3rd overall. The Pipe Quartet was awarded 2nd place. Christopher also competed in the individual Slow March and Quick March sections for which he was awarded 7th and 4th place respectively out of 19 competitors country-wide.