Childhood dream comes true as pair head for US Tattoo date

Presbyterian Ladies' College Year 12 students, from left, Pipe Major Isobel Martin (17) and Drum Major Madeleine Lofthouse are heading to Virginia to take part in the International Tattoo. Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d397913
Presbyterian Ladies' College Year 12 students, from left, Pipe Major Isobel Martin (17) and Drum Major Madeleine Lofthouse are heading to Virginia to take part in the International Tattoo. Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d397913

At a young age, both girls looked on as the band practiced on school groups, hoping one day they would don the Black Watch tartan uniform of Australia’s oldest girls’ school pipe band.

‘I would always watch them march past the slip bay when I was dropped off and I wanted to be a part of it,’ pipe major Isobel said.

‘Now we get to be the ones being watched and you wonder who will be the next piper or drummer.’

For Madeleine, becoming the school’s drum major was something she would always do, and now wears a real family heirloom Sgian Dubh while performing.

She is the only band member allowed to wear a real ornamental dagger in her sock as part of their band uniform.

However, Madeleine will not be able to bring it with her to the US for security reasons.

PLC and Scotch College’s pipe bands are two of three Australian bands to perform at the Virginia Tattoo in late April.

‘It’s nice to know we’re good enough to be considered internationally,’ Isobel said. ‘It’s an opportunity of a lifetime.’