Pipe Bands Australians sincerely thanks all members of our band family across the nation for their wonderful participation in today’s ANZAC Day – Amazing Grace at 11am.
The special tribute has continued our movement’s heritage and tradition of support for veterans on Australia’s sacred day of commemoration.
Ninety-year-old Pipe Major Emeritus of Sydney’s Clan MacLeod Pipe Band Ron Clement OAM was among an estimated 800-plus pipers on the job today. Ron played at an RSL retirement village.
And as has happened on ANZAC Day for more than a century, our young pipers and drummers also stepped up to be part of a tradition very different in 2020 because of social restrictions to combat the coronavirius pandemic – players as young as eight and nine proudly honouring those who have served in war and peace.
To those pipers in particular who came “out of retirement” to keep the tradition alive in their street, neighbourhood, suburb or community, you are always part of our pipe band family.
We were also pleased that our Amazing Grace at 11am commemoration attracted local and national media interest profiling the importance of bands in communities, was embraced by our friends in New Zealand and other countries, provided music to unite and inspire.
Today, our Australian pipe band family did itself proud!
Many photographs have already been added to the special online gallery recording the amazing tribute by pipers around Australia and more will be uploaded in coming days. Please email contributions to firstname.lastname@example.org