Scotch Melbourne - 2019 European Champions

Scotch College Melbourne has been crowned the 2019 European Champions in Novice B overnight in Scotland. The band received two firsts in piping and a first in ensemble to finish top of the table in the 17-band grade. Pipe Bands Australia congratulates Scotch Melbourne on the championship victory. Scotch Melbourne was part of the largest-ever Australian contingent at the Europeans. Flying the flag with Scotch Melbourne in contests and public performances in Scotland at the moment are Knox Grammar, PLC Sydney, Haileybury and Scotch College Adelaide. Full results of the European Championships are available here Scotch College Melbourne in Portree Square during its performance with Isle of Skye

Solo drumming championships

The syllabus for the the biennial Australian Solo Drumming Championships will be held in Canberra on Sunday 13 October has been released by the promoters, Canberra College of Piping and Drumming. The championships will be held in the grounds of the Australian War Memorial. Entries will close close on Friday 27 September. Competitors are required to enter events in their registered PBA solo grading but at the discretion of the conveners they will be allowed to enter events one grade higher. For more information and entry forms please contact Phil Weber via email at philandlinda.weber@gmail.com Grades and requirements for the event, in conjunction with the ACT Solo Piping and Drumming Champi

Congratulations to medal recipient

Pipe Bands Australia congratulates Sgt Ian Stewart of Western Australia Police Pipe Band who was awarded the Australian Police Medal in the Queen's Birthday Honours. Sgt Stewart has been officer-in-charge and drum major of the band since 2013. The band performs more than 250 engagements every year. Sgt Stewart joined WAPOL in 2006 after five years as a office serving with Strathclyde Police, Scotland.

Still chance for Tattoo experience

Organisers of the special pre-show component for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Sydney this October have advised Pipe Bands Australia that registrations from Australian pipe band players to participate are still open. The latest information from the Tattoo's ICB co-ordinators is: Don’t miss your opportunity to participate with the Institutional and Community Bands (ICB) from across Australia, and parade into the stadium, to welcome the Salute Taker and open The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo when it arrives exclusively at Sydney's ANZ Stadium this October for four shows only! With over 1,400 performers and a life-sized Edinburgh castle, make sure you don't miss this sight and sound

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