Entries open for 2020 Australian championships

Maryborough and District Highland Pipe Band on New Year’s Day lodged the first entry for the Australian Pipe Band Championships being hosted by the Maryborough Highland Society in April 2020.

Society president Andrew Rae and Pipe Bands Australia president Chris Earl received the entry from band president Sharon Hare during the spectacular massed band display at Tuesday’s highland gathering.

Andrew said a special online portal had been launched to receive entries for the biennial championship that would be hosted by the society for the second time in the event’s 60-year history. The first was in Maryborough in 1961.

“Society officials have already travelled to this year’s championships in Brisbane to promote the 2020 event and will be attending next year’s New Zealand championships in Dunedin.”

Chris said the PBA Diamond Jubilee year championships was attracting strong interest from bands across Australia and New Zealand, Singapore and Malaysia.

“We are predicting up to 40 or 50 bands for the 2020 championships and are delighted that the local band, so much part of the Maryborough community, is the first to lodge an entry.”

Sharon said the band was working to build on its third place at in the competition at last month’s Daylesford Highland Gathering over the next 15 months.

“Our focus is to do Maryborough proud when we compete at Princes Park in April 2020 against the best bands in the Southern Hemisphere,” she said.

“Members are working very hard on their music and we also have to raise more than $10,000 to make sure our uniform is in top condition too.”

The website for lodging entries is www.australianpipebandchampionships.com.au


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