Nagaland can now boast of having its own girls’ Pipe Band, a first of its kind in the state. An initiation of the Nagaland State Social Welfare Board (NSSWB), the all girls’ pipe band comprising girls studying in classes 7 to 12, members of the Nagaland Adolescent Girls’ Club (NAGC), which is a welfare programme for young girls under the wing of NSSWB.
At present, there are sixty four girls registered in the Pipe Band from Christ King Higher Secondary School, Khedi Baptist School, Supplee Memorial School and Oking Mission School. NSSWB informed that the 64 members would be later streamlined to a contingent of forty, which is the actual strength of a Pipe band. One of NSSWB’s target would be to set the contingent to parade for the first time in the Independence Day celebration. The board informed that practices for the parade were on full swing, trained by members of Kohima Village Pipe Band.
NSSWB secretary, Daisy Mezhür, commented that the band was an initiative to empower the girl child through participatory method and give them a measure of confidence. She stated “This is not to compete with boys but to compliment them.” She apprised that the training modules of the NAGC are girl-friendly and designed in a play way to boost their confidence and to address their needs.
Commenting on the Pipe Band, Daisy said the girls were working hard and assured the band would come out well with style and confidence. The board also procured instruments including bagpiper, side drums, tenor drums, bass drums, and bugle for the band, with funding from the state government under the State Planning Programme. With the launch of the Pipe band in Kohima, the social welfare board plans to replicate it in other districts of the state with the expansion of the NAGC. “We will first see the quality of work here, polish it and see that every district has an All Girls’ Pipe Band,” Daisy Mezhür assured. Outsource expertise would also be brought to give a professional brush up on the girls.
NSSWB further plans to come up with a Jazz Band comprising girls from other member-schools of the NAGC.