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Anthony Bidgood


Vice-Principal Rules & Administration Tasmania


Formal Pipe Band Qualifications and Experience

  • Piping – Intermediate Certificate (plus Elementary)
  • Drill and Dress – Instructor’s Certificate (plus Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced certificates)
  • Rules and Administration – Advanced Certificate
  • Side drummer and drum major in an Army Cadet band.
  • Side drummer in Hobart Highland Pipe Band (HHPB).
  • Transferred to pipes, eventually becoming Pipe Corporal in HHPB.
  • Left pipe band scene for many years to follow civilian and military career paths.
  • In 1986 returned to piping with Tasmania Police Pipe Band.
  • After some years, progressed through piping ranks and, after several years as Pipe Sergeant, became Pipe Major for a brief period (1997).
  • Drum Major from 1998 until retirement from active band work in 2010.
  • Member of the band’s Reel Party during its existence (1988 – 1992).
  • Delegate to Pipe Bands Tasmania (and former TPBA) for many years.
  • Delegate to PBA (and former APBA) National Council for several years.
  • Principal Drill and Dress since October 2013.
  • Adjudicated Tasmania on many occasions
  • Adjudicated RNZPBA national championships Nelson, March 2017
  • Adjudicate NSW state championships Gosford October 2019

    Experiences and Achievements

  • Adelaide International Police Tattoo 1986 as a piper.
  • Australian Bicentennial Tattoo 1988 as a piper.
  • Edinburgh Military Tattoo 1989 as piper.
  • Piper in quintet at Jakarta Highland Gathering 1990.
  • Participated in several Vic, Tas and Aust championships as piper and drum major.
  • Hawai’i Highland Gathering 1995.
  • Royal Hong Kong Police final Beating Retreat 1996.
  • Tasmania Police Centenary Tattoo 1999 Drum Major. Advised on tattoo design, coordinated and planned own and massed pipes and drums items.
  • New Zealand Searchlight Tattoo 1999, 2004 and 2008 as command drum major for massed pipes and drums, and massed military and pipe bands. Assisted planning and training for this including massed pipe band displays.
  • Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2002 as a drum major.
  • Adelaide International Police Tattoo 2001 and 2003 as a drum major.
  • Angelsea Barracks Military Tattoo 2004. Designed tattoo outline including configuration of parade ground, seating stands and back-stage areas. Designed and implemented pipe band performances as senior drum major.
  • Australian Federation Tattoo, Hobart 2005. Coord for Tas bands and drum major.
  • Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2005 (Sydney) as a drum major.
  • Coordinating and planning drum major for massed Australian Police Pipes and Drums involvement in the parade and ceremony for the opening and dedication of the National Police Memorial in Canberra September 2006.
  • Launceston Bicentennial Celebration Tattoo 2006. Senior Drum Major including design and implementation of pipes and drums display
  • Adelaide International Police Tattoo 2008 as senior drum major, planner and coordinator of pipe bands.
  • Designed opening segment for massed pipe and military bands including selection of music. Liaised, coordinated and planned with tattoo highland dancers.
  • Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2010 (Sydney) as a drum major and Oic Tasmania Police contingent.
  • Assistant Manager, Tasmania Police participation in Basel Tattoo 2011.
  • Founded and managed the annual Grand Gaelic Ball (1987-2009) which was a major event on the Hobart social scene and a major fund raiser.
  • Other prominent parades including participation with Australian Army Band in regular Trooping the Colour and Beating Retreat Ceremonies in Hobart and Port Arthur; affiliated Pipes and Drums of The Royal Tasmania Regiment; annual Anzac Day parades; 56 graduation parades at Tasmania Police Academy etc as well as innumerable routine parades and cruise ship performances and farewells.
  • One High Commendation and one Commendation from Commissioner of Police
  • Tasmania for service (nationally and internationally) to Tasmania Police.
    Brief Military Summary
  • Commenced as a recruit private in National Service (full time service).
  • Transferred to Army Reserve and progressed through non-commissioned ranks.
  • Commissioned as a lieutenant and commanded transport platoons.
  • Commanded a supply platoon as a captain.
  • Returned to full time service for a posting as a captain in Vietnam 1968.
  • Returned to reserve service as a major in a training establishment.
  • Transferred to Royal Australian Infantry and commanded infantry companies in The Royal Tasmania Regiment and The Royal New South Wales Regiment.
  • Commanded a Transport Squadron in Tasmania.
  • Promoted to lieutenant colonel and raised and commanded the Tasmanian campus of the Army Reserve Command and Staff College.
  • Assistant Commander of the 6th Military District (as Tasmania then was).
  • Retired and was appointed Honorary Colonel Commandant (Tas region) of the Royal Australian Corps of Transport for 5 ½ years.
  • Attended, and conducted, many training courses in many skills and exercises
    throughout Australia during 32 years of service.