Follow Us On

New Hall of Fame Inductees

Two new inductees to the Pipe Bands Australia Hall of Fame have been announced recognising their influence and outstanding contribution to the pipe band world – Donald Blair OAM and the late Lew Zilles OAM ED.

Their elevation to the Hall of Fame records a level of contribution and influence of many decades for the betterment of pipe band performance, education and promotion and the stretch of that influence through endeavours they championed.

Donald and Lew were selected from among previous recipients of the Pipe Bands Australia national awards instituted in 2018 who became eligible for elevation to the Hall of Fame.

The selection panel noted that both had had a profound influence on the journey of the Australian pipe band movement, unselfishly making contributions for the benefit of many players.

A brief precis of their achievements includes:

· The influence of Donald Blair as a pipe tutor and educator has spread around Australia and internationally over four decades. He was a pioneering tutor of Victorian Certificate of

Education (Year 12) piping students and Donald co-founded of the South West Coast Piper

Drummer Dancer Workshop.

· Lew was at the forefront of establishing the Victorian Highland Pipe Band Association in 1924. For 50 years drum major Ballarat Highland Pipe Band, made a significant contribution to the writing of drill instruction manuals, acting as an adjudicator until the 1980s. An innovator in band and massed band displays and performances.

Formal recognition of new Hall of Fame inductees and award recipients has been rescheduled to April 2021 following postponement of the Australian Pipe Band Championships due to restrictions on public assemblies during the coronavirus pandemic.

Related Posts

Victorian Pipe Band Championships

The Melbourne Highland Games and Celtic Festival will host the Victorian Pipe Band Championships on 20th March 2022 at Eastfield Park, 119 Eastfield Road, Croydon...

PBV @ Government House

Pipe Bands Victoria hosted a concert in the spectacular grounds of Government House, Melbourne on 19th November 2021 at the kind invitation of The Governor of Victoria,...

Victoria Branch AGM

The Pipe Bands Australia - Victoria Branch AGM was held on December 5th and as a result congratulate the following members on their achievements.

National Awards 2020 – Performance

World champion pipe major James Cowie and internationally-renowned composer and piper Mark Saul have been named as recipients of the 2020 national awards for Performance.

Latest News

Browse the latest media release from across the country and stay up to date with the happenings in the Pipe Band Australia world.


Looking for something older? Media posted prior to July 2021 can be found in storage.

Go to Archives

Recent Articles

April 14, 2024
2024 Australian Pipe Band Championships Master Sheets
March 10, 2024
2024 Australian Pipe Band Championships Draw
March 6, 2024
2024 Victorian Pipe Band Championships Official Draw