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The Sir Rupert Hamer Award is awarded annually in honour of our inaugural Chieftain, Sir Rupert Hamer
The annual Pipe Bands Australia President’s Commendations have been announced, this year particularly recognising performance innovation and engagement during the COVID-18 crisis that has severely restricted pipe band activities across the nation.
Three recipients have been named for the 2020 Peter Cook Piping Scholarship awarded annually through a bequest from Peter’s estate and administered jointly by Pipe Bands Australia and the Victorian Highland Pipe Band Association.
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.
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.
Former Principal Drumming Greg Bassani OAM and Gary Webb have been named recipients of the 2020 national awards for merit and achievement in Education and Training. The selection panel noted that both Greg and Gary had been considered in multiple categories in the national awards. Their precis citations read: · Greg Bassani – As Principal...
The biennial Pipe Bands Australia national awards recognising merit and achievement are being announced this week. Nominations for the awards in three categories – Promotion and Advancement, Education and Training, Performance – were considered by panels drawn from within national council who selected the two recipients for each award. The panel noted that several nominees...

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