Pipe Bands Australia’s annual review of band gradings will formally proceed in 2020 with the grading criteria for assessment unchanged from last year.

Branch grading committees are requested to provide National Grading Committee, no later than 31 May, for review and decision recommendations received during their competition seasons now truncated by government restrictions in place due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Bands provisionally allocated to a grade in the 2019 review will have that allocation confirmed subject to any adjudicator recommendations made following competitions already conducted.

National Grading Committee comprises the music principals and, following last year’s biennial conference of national council, two additional members. Appointed to the new positions have been Hazel Osborne and Emlyn Brown.

Outcomes of the grading review will be announced on 1 September.