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Music Adjudicators in Training

Pipe Bands Australia is pleased to announce the recommencement of formal Adjudicators training. 

Recently, three aspiring adjudicators from Australia’s sole Grade 1 band underwent a comprehensive day of training facilitated by the Principal of Piping, Scott Nicholson and enabled by a new, dedicated Pipe Bands Australia College online learning platform. 

The program, which encompasses modules dedicated to key aspects of a Pipe Band performance includes elements comprising further education in: 

  • Tempo 
  • Tone 
  • Intonation 
  • Execution 
  • Rhythm 
  • Integration 
  • And more 

Upon completion of each module candidates are required to pass an online assessment prior to being enabled to progress to the following component. 

It is a requirement that Pipe Bands Australia adjudicators hold an advanced certificate from the College to operate within the Australian competition field; and to that end the rigorous process of becoming an adjudicator underscores the commitment to ensuring the country produces ‘top-notch’ and aptly qualified individuals. 

Originally authored South Australian Chair and Vice Principal of Drumming Greg Bassani for the Pipe Bands Australia College in 1991, this evolved curriculum’s primary purpose is to serve as valuable resource for aspiring, dedicated individuals seeking to one day be an adjudicator whilst also acting as reference point for already accredited members. With that in mind the 2024 Music Committee has updated this second edition to align with current PBA rules and regulations. 

The Australian Pipe Band College (APBC) is a branch of Pipe Bands Australia and governed by PBA Rules & Regulations as found in the document library c/-  

Pipe Bands Australia is further pleased to be expanding its work in the Learning Management Software space with a view to deliver further tailored learning opportunities to members. 

We thank Mr Kris Wright for the use of his hotel ‘GUM’ in Collingwood for the day. 

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