MEET the Perth teenager who performed with Paul McCartney.
Drummer Nisha Whittome (14) took to the stage with the WA Police Pipe Band on Saturday night at nib Stadium to play Mull of Kintyre.
“It was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had,” she said.
“It was so special.”
The Peppermint Grove resident and PLC student plays in her school pipe band, the Perth Metro Pipe Band, and featured in the WA Police Pipe Band to celebrate 100 years of women in policing.
It was a busy night for the teenager, who also played in the Christmas pageant before heading to the stadium to perform for 23,000 people alongside a Beatle.
“I was so nervous, I was thinking ‘I can’t mess this up’, it was so important,” she said.
“Afterwards I was ecstatic.”
Nisha said she will definitely continue with pipe bands, and hopes to head to Glasgow with the Perth Metro Pipe Band next year the World Pipe Band Championships.
WA Police Pipe Band OIC Sergeant Ian Stewart said it couldn’t have been a bigger occasion for Nisha to make her WA Police Pipe Band debut.
“She did a fantastic job, not only in front of the 150,000 at the Christmas Pageant, but on stage with Paul McCartney too,” he said.
“I mentioned to Mr McCartney at the rehearsal on Friday night that this was Nisha’s first time playing with the band and that she was only 14, so for him to give her a special mention at the end of the performance was brilliant.
“Bearing in mind most of the Police Pipe Band are either current or former world champion pipers or drummers, Nisha came in and was a natural and fitted in brilliantly, she is certainly a talent for the future.”
Sgt Stewart said the call came through from Mr McCartney’s team a week before the concert, with a great deal of planning and logistics going in to preparing the performance.
“To get the full impact on to the audience, it was to remain a secret, so not many people outside of the WA Police Force executive knew about the invite to perform,” he said.
“The whole experience on the night was pretty surreal, standing backstage only a few metres away from a founding member of The Beatles.”
The WA Police Pipe Band is a mix of sworn, unsworn and volunteer guest players from the community.
To see more photos and videos from the performance or submit your own footage from the night, head to facebook.com/westernaustraliapolicepipeband.