Grading, music proposals in 2019 ballot

The 2019 Pipe Bands Australia ballot of bands has been released for distributon through branch secretaries. This year’s ballot includes the proposed introduction of Grade 4B as well as grading for juvenile bands. The Grade 4B proposal follows monitoring of engagement since the introduction of the Grade 4 Selection of Marches event more than two years ago and its subsequent formalisation as a permanent rule. The grading of juvenile bands follows the 2017 national conference and consultation with juvenile bands prior to introduction of trial rule last year. There is also a proposal to formalise the current trial rule on music requirements introduced for Grades 1, 2 and 3 following consultation

Special Tattoo opportunities for pipers, drummers

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo returns to Australia in October and the vision of REMT chief executive officer and producer Brigadier David Allfrey is to create maximum opportunities for our pipers and drummers to share in part of the Tattoo experience. The Tattoo has already selected a number of our bands to form files in the massed pipes and drums for the four shows at ANZ Stadium Sydney from 17-19 October Pipe Bands Australia is now assisting REMT in receiving expressions of interest from all bands and individual players to Brigadier Allfrey’s invitation for them to play prior to one of the four shows as the performance’s salute taker enters the stadium and to escort members of Austra

Robert Wallace heads solo piping title judging panel

Scotland’s Robert Wallace will head the adjudication panel for the 2019 Australian Solo Piping Championships for light music in April in conjunction with the nation’s premier and most prestigious piobaireachd competition conducted by the RU Brown Society. The championship weekend is being presented by Pipe Bands South Australia and the RU Brown Society in Adelaide on 13 and 14 April. Robert is regarded as one of the world’s leading solo bagpipe adjudicators and educators and a noted authority on ceol mor. During his competing career he enjoyed considerable success winning both Gold Medals, the Gold Clasp, the Bratach Gorm, the Gillies Cup, the Dunvegan Medal and Clasp and many other importan

International Bagpipe Day

International Bagpipe Day is observed each year on 10 March and Australian bands and pipers are being encouraged by Pipe Bands Australia to promote the instrument and our music across the nation next month. Performances can be registered at ahead of a special Australia-wide map being created to again show the level of community engagement being achieved by Pipe Bands Australia and its bands. A special promotional kit has been prepared to assist bands and members raise awareness of their performances on this significant international day. The performance initiative follows Pipe Bands Australia co-ordinating the involvement of more than 1500 pipers a

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