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August 31, 2018

National grading committee, in consultation with branch grading committees, has allocated Australia’s juvenile pipe bands following the introduction of the trial rule for grading of those bands.

The trial rule now in effect and to be considered for permanent inclusion in the 2019 ballot bands allows:

  • The grading in Juvenile, Novice A and Novice B

  • The RSPBA prescribed tune list is adopted for use in musical requirements in Novice A (4 parts march in 2/4 time signature, maybe 2 x 2 parts; 4 parts strathspey, may be 2 x 2 parts and 4 parts reel, may be 2 x 2 parts) and Novice B (4 x 2 parted Marches).

  • Branches and promoters (in consultation and agreem...

April 19, 2018

With completion of the 2018 Australian Pipe Band Championships, the period for grading review has commenced under the Rules of Pipe Bands Australia.

Branch grading committees are to commence and complete grading reviews, in conjunction with the Music Principals and the National Grading Committee, no later than 30 June.

The grading review checklist is available to be downloaded from the Pipe Bands Australia website www.pipebandsaustralia.com.au/forms  and is to be observed throughout the process.

National Grading Committee advises of the following criteria to be applied when assessing a band in accordance with A.2.02.06(b), but which are also relevant at other tim...

March 11, 2018

A trial rule for the grading of juvenile bands and music requirements will be developed for implementation from 1 July following consultation with those bands late last year and recommendations made by Australian Pipe Bands College principals in reviewing survey data.

The consultation and review processes were adopted after discussion on proposals presented at the biennial national conference in September.

Under the trial rule:

  • The grading structure of juvenile bands in Australia will align with the structure – Juvenile, Novice A and Novice B

  • Pipe Bands Australia will adopt the Prescribed Tune List of the RSPBA for use in musical requirements in Novice A...

March 7, 2018

The welcome increased participation of Pipe Bands Australia-registered players in interstate solo competitions has put focus on the need to ensure correct processes are observed at contests and during regrading.

It is the responsibility of the relevant Vice-Principal to ensure players registered within their branch are graded and regraded. Where a player competes in another branch and may be subject to suggested regrading by an adjudicator, the Vice-Principal should forward such information to the home branch Vice-Principal.

When grading reviews are completed, the Vice-Principal should inform the Registrar, Principal and national secretary of any regrading so th...

October 16, 2016

With completion of the 2016 Australian Pipe Band Championships, the period for grading review has commenced under the Rules of Pipe Bands Australia.

Branch grading committees will commence and complete grading reviews, in conjunction with the Music Principals and the National Grading Committee, by 30 November.

National Grading Committee advises of the following criteria to be applied when assessing a band in accordance with A.2.02.06(b)), but which are also relevant at other times when grading is considered (ref A.2.02.09 & A.2.02.10):

* Contest results over the past two years and any relevant comments from adjudicators on standard of performance, including recom...

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