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October 25, 2019

Nominations for the Pipe Bands Australia awards recognising outstanding contribution to performance, education and training and promotion of pipe bands are invited for consideration in the 2020 announcements.

Pipe Bands Australia introduced the awards with an initial 10 recipients in each category in 2018. Recipients in each category were also eligible for induction in the Hall of Fame. A maximum of two awards are now made in any two-year period.

The national awards honour contributions of members that have contributed at a high level or wide sphere of influence in the journey of the Australian pipe band movement throughout its rich history.

Recipients of the 202...

October 19, 2019

Pipe Bands Australia congratulates Cameron Lawson who overnight won the World Juvenile Solo Drumming Championship in Glasgow.

The former Brisbane Boys' College student this year commenced studies at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland ion Glasgow and is playing with Shotts and Dykehead band.

Cameron's drumming continues to take him around the world and on a journey of musical achievement.

Another Australian, Monte Stamm, a student at New Zealand's St Andrew's College was third in his section of the championships.

Reigning Australian Solo Drumming Champion Steve Shedden competed in the semi-finals of the Worlds just a week after retaining his title while fellow Aus...

October 15, 2019

Pipe Bands Australia extends best wishes to all our bands and members participating in the four performances of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo commencing in Sydney tomorrow evening.

We are delighted to have again provided assistance to REMT ahead of the international event's fourth visit to Australia and for what will be the largest every cast for the tattoo.

Pipers, drummers and drum majors have been in rehearsal in Sydney throughout the week in preparation for the performances.

The 2019 visit to Australia has provided additional opportunities for our bands and members with many taking up the REMT invitation to be part of a special massed band at each perfo...

October 13, 2019

Steven Shedden has retained the A Grade Australian Solo Drumming Championship for snare drum following the titles held in Canberra at the weekend.

The Hawthorn lead drummer and Canberra-based drum teacher received the McCormick Award for his first place in the championship.

B Grade Australian champion is Queensland's Alexander Manfield while C Grade has been won by Luca Bellotti (Victoria) and D Grade by Ella Hodges (Victoria).

The A and B Grade tenor drumming championships were won by current World champion Indyanna Bridgman (NSW).

The biennial championships were hosted by Canberra College of Piping and Drumming on behalf of Pipe Bands Australia.

Full results to f...

October 4, 2019

National grading reviews by Pipe Bands Australia will be conducted annually following councillors adopting a recommendation in the White Paper at this month’s national conference.

Band reviews will be held each July with gradings announced no later than 1 September, the announcement date endorsing recent practice. Bands may also make regrading requests during July.

National grading committee will have responsibility for all grading recommendations and their administration, including input from branches through branch grading committees and bands.

Branch grading committees where considered appropriate will arrange the videoing of band performances throughout a con...

October 3, 2019

Online theory examinations will be introduced as part of a new structure for Pipe Bands Australia’s pipe band college that will be implemented following this month’s biennial national conference.

The online components will be progressively introduced from 2020, beginning with introductory levels for piping, drumming and drill and dress.

The introductory music levels will aim to give players a recognised benchmark of achievement within the first 18 months of beginning their journey as a piper or drummer, setting the foundations for incremental advancement through the syllabus. Additional examination levels will also be introduced to bridge the leap in proficiency...

October 3, 2019

Australian bands considering competing at the Diamond Jubilee year Australian Pipe Band Championships next April are reminded that band membership is to be lodged no later than this Saturday to meet the requirement that bands are registered with PBA a minimum six months before the championship.

The registration of players is not affected by this requirement. The normal 14-day period for registration of players applies for the Australian championships and all contests.

International bands are required to have registered with their home association at least six months prior to the championships.

Registration of band membership is through the registrar pbaregistrar@...

October 2, 2019

Greater consideration will be provided to bands experiencing fluctuating membership to enable them to continue membership of Pipe Bands Australia.

The minimum number of players required to be registered as a band will remain at seven – the size of a mini-band – however, discretion over a four-year period will be provided under the rules.

Membership flexibility was subject to a number of recommendations in the White Paper considered by national councillors at their biennial conference this month.

Council reaffirmed its commitment to encouraging affiliate membership of kindred organisations, setting the affiliate membership fee as equal to a band membership fee. Me...

October 1, 2019

National councillors have given initial support to a White Paper proposal for a part-time executive officer for Pipe Bands Australia. Councillors at their biennial conference in Melbourne this month approved the preparation of modelling for future consideration a paid part-time executive officer (secretary).

Modelling will now be prepared for future consideration to provide honorarium/remuneration for the secretary’s position.

The PBA review panel wrote in the White Paper: “Pipe Bands Australia is a volunteer-based national organisation - the volunteer ethos underpins our national association, branches, bands and members and this should remain the centrepiece of...

September 30, 2019

Pipe Bands Australia councillors have voted to continue provide a framework for solo piping and drumming competitions under its rules and committed to auspice and promote Australian solo championships in the two disciplines.

The future of solo championships and competitions was reviewed as part of the White Paper process with the review panel recognising that PBA-auspiced competitions were the only solo engagement in some states.

“Across branches the level of activity in the solo space varies – some branches are solely the promoters of piping and drumming, in others there is a mixture of competitions offered both under Pipe Bands Australia rules and by kindred,...

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