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September 18, 2018

Special President’s Commendations will be awarded to 14 bands by Pipe Bands Australia recognising their outstanding commitment to achievement and engagement in 2018.

The commendations represent fine examples within the Australian pipe band movement of initiative, creativity and preparedness to promote our music to large audiences in local communities and internationally while also engaging future generations of pipers and drummers.

  • St Andrew’s Caledonian Pipe Band Launceston for the 20th season of its Celtic Force stage production touring northern Tasmania to large crowds.

  • Ipswich Thistle Pipe Band for the establishment and growth of its education and t...

September 9, 2018

Life membership of Pipe Bands Australia has been bestowed on Viv Riley by the Western Australia branch.


Viv was presented with his certificate by Pipe Bands WA chair Malcolm MacLean in front of the large crowd and 10 pipe bands in attendance at the Armadale Highland Gathering on Sunday.

He has played with bands on the eastern and western seaboards in Australia and has notably competed with City of Blacktown (NSW) when it won the 1982 nationals in Grade 2 and WA Police Pipe Band when it won the 1998 World Championships in Glasgow in Grade 2.

Viv has tutored over 150 students in piping, plus coached numerous bands. He holds certificates for piping, teachi...

June 11, 2018

Pipe Bands  Australia extends its congratulations to members and promoters of Scottish culture who were today announced as recipients of the Medal of the Order of Australia in the Queen's Birthday Honour's List.

* Anthony Sell - Principal Emeritus Rules and Administration and a member of the Pipe Bands Australia Hall of Fame.  Tony has been heavily involved in administrative and organisational aspects of the pipe band movement in Australia for a period well in excess of 50 years.Whilst studying at Scotch College (Melbourne), Tony became involved in the Army Cadet Unit, and it was during this period he began his interaction with pipe bands. After leaving school,...

May 20, 2018

At a special celebration to mark his 90th birthday yesterday, Sandy Campbell was presented with his Pipe Bands Australia Hall of Fame certificate.

The celebration attended by family and friends from across Australia was an appropriate occasion for Sandy to formally receive the recognition as one of 12 inaugural inductees into the Hall of Fame. Sandy had been unable to attend the recent Australian championships in Brisbane.

Sandy was for many years pipe major of Queensland Irish, a trailblazing contest and performance band in the 1970s and 1980s that won multiple Australian Grade 1 championships and forged the way for Australian bands competing overseas.

Among tho...

April 5, 2018

Congratulations to the first 12 - our inductees into the Pipe Bands Australia Hall of Fame for2018.

The Hall of Fame has been introduced to recognise outstanding achievement and contribution to the pipe band movement in Australia throughout its history.

Nominations for the awards closed in January and a four-member panel drawn from national councillors has been reviewing and assessing nominations for selection of the first 12 recipients of awards for promotion and advancement of the movement, education and training and performance. Panel members have remarked that many nominees met criteria for all three categories and some have been selected for multiple awards...

April 4, 2018

Recognising achievements through performance

The initial 12 recipients of the award are:

·       Nat Russell GC OAM - Nat began his dynamic piping career aged 10 with the 8th Belfast Company of the Boys Brigade, was Piper of the Year in 1969 and competed with Field Marshal Montgomery until enlistment with 1st Battalion Irish Guards in 1970. In the Guards Piping School his piping experience and ability increased under the various Irish and Scots Guards Tutors of the period. In 1974 Nat joined the Royal Ulster Constabulary and under his leadership and direction the band won 7 Ulster Championships, as well as every “major” Pipe Band Championship in the World throug...

April 4, 2018

Recognising contributions for the pipe band movement through education and training

The initial 12 recipients of the award are:

·        Alex McCormick – After a career as a one of Scotland’s leading drummers and principal of the RSPBA college, Alex emigrated to Australia in 1952 with several other prominent players of the time to reform Castlemaine Pipe Band in regional Victoria, which was importing the leaders of a new band, before turning to Melbourne and later Ballarat. Alex and his compatriots brought with them from Scotland the style of drumming that caused a revolution in the Australian pipe band world. From 1949 to 1952, he was Principal of Drumming at t...

April 2, 2018

The first recipients of Pipe Bands Australia awards and inductees into the PBA Hall of Fame will be announced this week in the countdown to the 2018 Australian championships in Brisbane on Saturday.

The awards and Hall of Fame have been introduced to recognise outstanding achievement and contribution to the pipe band movement in Australia throughout its history.

Nominations for the awards closed in January and a four-member panel drawn from national councillors has been reviewing and assessing nominations for selection of the first 12 recipients of award categories -  promotion and advancement of the movement, education and training, performance. Panel members h...

January 23, 2018

Nominations for major national awards being introduced by Pipe Bands Australia, including the Hall of Fame, close next Wednesday.

The four new prestigious awards within Pipe Bands Australia will recognise outstanding contributions and achievements of members to advancing performance, education and promotion on a national scale.

The Pipe Bands Australia Hall of Fame will initially see the induction of 12 legends of the movement followed by the inclusion of up to two new legends every two years.

While length of service will not be a defining criteria for induction to the Hall of Fame, national council in adopting the concept at its conference last September agreed...

June 23, 2016

National management committee is progressing development of a recognition and awards structure within Pipe Bands Australia and thanks members who have made submissions for consideration.
PBA will introduce 25 and 50-year service recognition for members of our bands – a small but tangible token of appreciation for players who share their music with bands and the community over long periods.
Both these awards will be in the form of a special certificate with a badge also being struck for presentation to members having reached the amazing 50-year milestone. 
The awards will be available on application (with supporting documentation) either through the national se...

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