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The Scots College Pipes and Drums have led the Anzac Day March every year for approximately 40 years, where thousands of people line the streets of Sydney to honour those who served in the defence of Australia. It is a day that we as Australians will never forget, and it has become a time-honoured tradition for the Pipes and Drums boys at the College.

“It is a privilege to participate in this important day and pay tribute to our veterans, and our troops who are still serving today. Their selflessness knows no bounds as they protect the nation values and freedom,” remarked Mr Mitchell Eaton, Pipes and Drums Tutor at the College. Mr Eaton has been busily practicing with the boys, who have volunteered their time during the school holidays, to come into the College and practice.

One of those boys is Harry Braithwaite, a Year 9 student, who plays the Tenor Drum, an instrument he has been playing since Year 6. This will be the first year that he will be participating in the Anzac Day March. Harry, whose family are proud to see him play in the band on Anzac Day, says that being a part of this historic Memorial Day is about “celebrating the past and where we have come from, acknowledging the troops who served us, and that because of them, we can live in a free country.”

Hamish McDonald, another Year 9 boy who also plays the Tenor Drum, and has done so since Year 6, feels the significance of this on a personal level. “One of my relatives fought and died at Gallipoli, so remembering him along with the others who fought for our country is important to me.”

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William Elder


Mr Alan Elder was born in Scotland and migrated to Australia with his parents at a young age. He attended The Scots College for all his schooling, graduating in 1944. He played 1st XI Cricket and was a member of the College Cadet Unit. After leaving school Mr Elder studied accountancy and retained a life-long love of the College, especially the Pipes and Drums. Mr Elder never married, however the significant bequest he left will allow his Scots family to remember him through the Lang Walker Business Centre.