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 agreement) may elect to offer only one element in juvenile competitions (alternating between MSR/SOM and Medley).
The grading structure for juvenile bands will not preclude those bands from competing in graded contests and, where so graded, the separate Grade 4 selection of marches event.
The following juvenile grades have been allocated:
Brisbane Boys’ College No 1 QLD Haileybury No 1 VIC
Knox Grammar School No 1 NSW Scotch College Melbourne No 1 VIC
The Scots College No 1 NSW
Ballarat Grammar VIC Brisbane Boys’ College No 2 QLD
Brisbane Boys College No 3 QLD Haileybury No 2 VIC
Knox Grammar School No 2 NSW PLC Melbourne VIC
PLC Sydney NSW Queensland Police Juvenile
Scotch College Melbourne No 2 VIC Scotch College Perth WA
Scots School Albury VIC Scots PGC Warwick QLD
Scots School Bathurst NSW The Scots College No 2 NSW
The trial rule reflects growth in participation and performance by the nation’s juvenile bands and introduces pathways to continue success in engagement.
National grading committee recommendations on regradings following the biennial review are currently subject to notification processes to bands and will be announced shortly.