New awards to recognise legends and service
Pipe Band Bands Australia will establish a Hall of Fame to recognise outstanding and meritorious service to the movement.
The Hall of Fame will initially have 12 inductees with two new inductees in each following two-year period.
The criteria for induction will be: “Any member of Pipe Bands Australia who has demonstrated outstanding and meritorious contributions to the movement and by that service, made a significant contribution to the advancement and standing of pipe bands in Australia.
“The period of contribution is not strictly defined, however, 30 years or more would act as a guide during the assessment of any application. Service should not have been restricted to one band unless it can be demonstrated that an influence has been greater than that one band and across branches of PBA.
“Consideration of achievement and contribution both nationally and internationally also form part of the assessment process as will service across multiple disciplines and activities.”
National awards will also be introduced recognising people who have made meritorious contributions to the promotion of pipe bands, for members through pipe band music and performance (including composition and arrangement) and members for meritorious contributions through teaching and education over an extended period.
Each of these awards will also have an initial 12 recipients with up to two new recipients every two years.
The introduction of PBA awards adopted by council at the recent biennial national conference adds to the introduction last year of 25-year and 50-year service awards for members.
The nomination process, which may be through branches, college, bands or members, will open in early 2018.