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October 15, 2018

The final four dates for state forums have been confirmed as part of the national conversation on the structure and activities of Pipe Bands Australia to assist the review panel in gathering information and ideas from members ahead of formulating draft options for a Green Paper to be released in December.

They are:

  • Tasmania – Launceston: Friday 26 October 7.30pm. Venue:  The Grumpy Piper

  • Western Australia – Perth: Sunday 28 October, 2pm. Venue Scotty’s Café

  • Queensland – Brisbane: Saturday 10 November. Easts Leagues Club40 Main Avenue Coorparoo

  • South Australia – Adelaide: Wednesday 14 November 7.30pm. Venue to be advised

Forums have been held...

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...

July 4, 2018

Pipe Bands Australia will introduce a trial rule from 1 January 2019 that completes the process commenced two years ago to align contest music requirements in all grades with Scotland.

The process has recently included requests from the five current Australian Grade 2 bands. Four are planning to compete at Scottish championships next year.

College principals considered the views of those bands in making a recommendation to national management committee that decided to introduce the trial rule and include the proposal in February’s annual ballot of the bands to permanently amend the Contest Regulations.

Under the new rule, the requirements will be:

Grade 1: Two MSR...

June 12, 2018

The 11th Singapore South-East Asian Pipe Band Championships at the weekend again highlighted the strong connection between Australia and countries in the region.

Two Australian bands were among 10 bands competing this year - Perth Highland and Scots School Albury which was announced winners of both the Grade 4 and Juvenile championships. A number of expat Australians were also part of other bands including Hong Kong which won Grade 3.

The Singapore Pipe Band Association headed by president Alan Wallace, who commutes regularly between Perth and Singapore, has seen the championships become established as a major annual gathering for bands in the region.

Australia's...

June 5, 2018

Pipe Bands Australia extends best wishes to our bands competing overseas this month – Scots PGC Warwick, Scots School Albury and Perth Highland.

Scots Albury and Perth Highland will be taking part in the 11th Singapore South East Asia Championships this weekend, continuing the strong links between Australia and Singapore.

President Alan Wallace reports that bands and soloists from Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Thailand and Australia will be part of the two-day championships when a number of life memberships will be conferred, including Australia’s Principal Ensemble Nat Russell who has been associated with the event since its inception.

Scots PGC will compete i...

April 16, 2018

Here is a pictorial gallery of prize presentations of the 2018 championships hosted by Queensland branch at Brisbane Boys' College.

April 9, 2018

Congratulations to our new Australian champion pipe bands - Hawthorn in Grade 2 receiving the Michael Stubbings banner, Foundation New Zealand Youth in Grade 3 the Ewen Masson banner, Knox Grammar in Grade 4 the Anthony Sell banner and Scotch College Melbourne juvenile the Greg Gordon banner.

The 2018 championships hosted by Queensland branch and conducted in partnership with Brisbane Boys' College celebrated the growth in Australia's juvenile band scene and development of bands in the grades showing that Australian pipe bands are building a strong foundation for a new era in performance and engagement for our home-grown pipers.

World-accomplished pipers and dru...

April 3, 2018

Pipe Bands Australia diamond jubilee year Australian Pipe Band Championships expected to attract bands from across the country and overseas will be held in Maryborough Victoria on 4 and 5 April 2020.

Pipe Bands Victoria today named Maryborough Highland Society as promoter for the championships following consideration of strong proposals received during the expression of interest stage. The decision has been endorsed by Pipe Bands Australia.

Maryborough Highland Society has been central in the advancement of pipe bands in Australia since holding its first highland gathering on New Year’s Day 1857.

It was at the gathering in 1924 that bands first discussed forming...

March 16, 2018

Bands from Australia, New Zealand and Malaysia will contest the biennial Australian championships being held at Brisbane Boys' College on Saturday 7 April.

St George's Girls' School from Malaysia will compete in the Grade 4 and juvenile championships while Auckland Police and Foundation New Zealand Youth have entered in Grade 3.

The official draw has been released tonight and includes: Grade 2 - four bands, Grade 3 - 9, Grade 4 - 16, Juvenile - 10.

Hosted the Queensland branch of Pipe Bands Australia, fours will participate in a non-championship selection of marches event. 

Strong entries have also been received for the juvenile and senior drum major champion...

March 1, 2018

Bands competing at the 2018 Australian Pipe Band Championships in Brisbane next month are reminded to fully acquaint themselves with Pipe Bands Australia Contest Regulations 2017 – these are the regulations that will apply at the championships (available at www.pipebandsaustralia.com.au).

Particular attention is drawn to the following regulations which may be the focus of checks of bands competing at the championships

JUVENILE BANDS

A.2.03.01 A player may compete as a member of a Juvenile band until the end of the period of registration with the Association during which that player attains 18 years of age.

A.2.03.02 On first registering with a Juvenile band, a pla...

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