Award nominations close next week

Nominations for major national awards being introduced by Pipe Bands Australia, including the Hall of Fame, close next Wednesday.

The four new prestigious awards within Pipe Bands Australia will recognise outstanding contributions and achievements of members to advancing performance, education and promotion on a national scale.

The Pipe Bands Australia Hall of Fame will initially see the induction of 12 legends of the movement followed by the inclusion of up to two new legends every two years.

While length of service will not be a defining criteria for induction to the Hall of Fame, national council in adopting the concept at its conference last September agreed 30 years was to be a guide.

The other new awards are for the promotion of pipe bands, pipe band music and performance (including composition and arrangement) and education and training. Like the Hall of Fame, there will initially be up to 12 awards in each category and subsequently up to two awards every two years.

As these are national awards, the nomination and review process will be focused on a demonstration of the influence and benefits across the country.

The awards complete the recent introduction of policies to recognise service by members of Pipe Bands Australia including 25-year and 50-year service certificates and major awards at the Australian Pipe Band Championships and Australian Solo Drumming Championships that now honour significant personalities in the history of the movement.

Nomination forms for the Hall of Fame and outstanding service awards can be downloaded from www.pipebandsaustralian.com.au or from branch secretaries. Nominations for the initial awards close on 31 January when they will be reviewed by panels drawn from members of national council.

Design submissions for a new Pipe Bands Australia logo also close next Wednesday.

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