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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,...

September 23, 2019

Adjudicators have been announced for the 2019 Australia Solo Drumming Championships in Canberra on Sunday 13 October.

They are Australia's Principal Drumming Dean Hall, Harold Gillespie and Dougal McConnell who will be joined by Tyler Fry.

The biennial championships will be held at the Australian War Memorial and are being promoted by the Canberra College of Piping and Drumming.

Entries for the championships close this Saturday.

For details and entries follow this link.

September 15, 2019

Pipe Bands Australia biennial conference over the weekend saw the re-election of national leadership team and principals.

Attending the conference was the association chieftain RJK Semple OAM BEM now is his 100th year.

National management committee comprises President Chris Earl, Secretary Steve Patterson, Treasurer Tim Bodey, Tony Bidgood and James Cowie

The current principals of college were also re-elected - Piping Brett Tidswell, Drumming Dean Hall, Drill and Dress Tony Bidgood, Rules and Administration Jamie Forsyth. The Principal Ensemble position, in which Brett has been acting since early this year, has been filled by Rob Bennett....

September 14, 2019

International adjudicators Mark Faloon, Gordon Parkes, Brian Swatilla and Brian Wilson have been announced for the 2020 Australian Pipe Band Championships in Maryborough, Victoria, on 4 and 5 April.

The championship will be a major celebration in the Diamond Jubilee year of Pipe Bands Australia and sees the nation’s showcase event return to Maryborough with the town’s highland society as host for a second time.  The inaugural championships were promoted by the society in 1961.

Adjudicators for 2020 were announced by Maryborough Highland Society at the biennial conference of Pipe Bands Australia this weekend. The society in collaboration with Pipe Bands Australia...

September 14, 2019

Emmanuel College Highlanders bagpiper Rebecca Capon is the inaugural recipient of the Peter Cook Memorial Scholarship encouraging advancement of Australian solo pipers.

The scholarship was announced at today’s biennial conference of Pipe Bands Australia. PBA and the Victorian Highland Pipe Band Association are jointly administering the scholarship fund following a bequest from the Cook Estate.

Peter Cook was a PBA life member and Victorian secretary at the time of his tragic death in the week of the 2014 Australian Pipe Band Championships.

Rebecca commenced her piping career as an eight-year-old in country Queensland and has since gained experienced twice in Scot...

September 14, 2019

The 2019 Pipe Bands Australia President’s Commendations were announced by Chris Earl at today’s biennial conference in Melbourne.

The commendations were introduced last year and recognise achievement by bands and members, acting as inspiration for the Australian pipe band movement.

This year’s recipients are:

SCOTCH COLLEGE MELBOURNE – On becoming the first Australian juvenile band to win a major international championship – the 2019 European Championships

HAILEYBURY - On representing Australia in competition and performance in Britain during its 2019 tour.

KNOX GRAMMAR – On representing Australia in competition and performance in Britain during its 2019 tour.

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September 13, 2019


After a long fight with illness, June passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday

June was a legend in the piping and drumming community in WA. She was a Life Member of Pipe Bands Australia through the Western Australia branch and attended almost every meeting and event for decades. June was also a Life Member, long-time Pipe Major and President of the City of Cockburn Pipe Band.

She taught thousands of pupils piping and drumming in her time, and has left an incredible legacy.

Her loss will be deeply felt. Sympathy and support to her family.

September 8, 2019

The updated Contest Regulations of Pipe Bands Australia have been released following inclusion of amendments flowing from the 2019 Ballot of Bands and the subsequent approval of national council.

The latest edition of the Contest Regulations distributed to bands reflects changes including the introduction of Grade 4B and necessary amendments across various clauses.

The Rules and Administration Division under the leadership of Principal Jamie Forsyth is thanked for its contributions in reviewing and making the considerable amendments on this occasion.

Attention is also drawn to bands of the relevant clause relating to the required period membership of Pipe Bands A...

September 2, 2019

Pipe Bands Australia has released its grading allocations following the decision to introduce Grade 4A and Grade 4B and receiving recommendations from branch grading committees.

Those recommendations were considered by national grading committee and bands provided with an opportunity to appeal any the recommendations before finalising allocation plus additional consultation with branch grading committees and bands where required.

On recommendations from branch grading committees, two bands have been promoted to Grade 3 – Northern Suburbs and Murrumba.

The allocation of bands to Grade 4A is:

  Bellinger River District Pipe Band Inc.

  Blue Mountains


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