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Grading of juvenile bands

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 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.




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