About

Pipe Bands Queensland is Queensland’s association for pipe bands.

Our primary focus is to support Queensland pipe bands – by administering rules for competitions; supporting and partnering with piping events; and supporting education to raise the standard of piping in drumming in our region and beyond.

Our committee is here for our members, and we are always seeking feedback on how to make our association stronger and of better service to you.

We are also strongly committed to involving the broader Queensland community in our pipe band way of life, to raise awareness and interest in piping, drumming, and Celtic music.

Looking for information about piping, hiring a band, or upcoming events? Visit the links in the menus above to find the information you’re looking for, or contact us.

Meet the Association


Andrew Roach

Chairman

Andrew is an accomplished solo and band player who has been playing since he was eight years old, and was trained by renowned pipers John MacKenzie, Athol Chalmers, Sandy Campbell and Andrew Wright. In Australia he has won many solo championships, including five Maclean Gold medals, and he placed consistently in the Scotland solo circuit in the 1990s. Andrew’s band history includes Vale of Athol (1991–2), Manawatu Scottish (2001–10), and Inveraray and District (2011–). He is currently the Pipe Major of St Andrews Pipe Band in Brisbane (Grade 2), as well as Chairman of Pipe Bands Queensland, and the President of the Queensland Highland Pipers Society. 

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Jamie Robinson

Vice Chairman

Jamie learnt pipes at Scotch College in Western Australia in the early 1980s before moving to the Perth Highland Pipe Band, where he got his first taste of international competition at the Jakarta Highland Gathering. After moving to Sydney, Jamie was Pipe Major of City of Blacktown Pipe Band No.2 (Grade 3) including successful international tours to Scotland, Indonesia and New Zealand. Since arriving in Queensland, work commitments have largely kept Jamie away from full-time playing, but in the intervening period he has still competed with Perth Highland in Singapore and with Governor Macquarie Memorial Pipe Band in Scotland in 2017. Jamie has been a Vice Chairman of the Pipe Bands Queensland since 2016 and completed his Advanced Rules and Administration certificate in 2019 when he was also appointed Vice Principal.


Nick Partridge

Vice Chairman

Nick is the leading drummer of the BBC Old Collegians Pipe Band and is also a member of St Andrew’s Pipe Band. He is also a regular competitor in the local solo drumming scene. Nick tutors at Brisbane Boys College and has been Vice Chairman of Pipe Bands Queensland since 2018.

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Alex McConnell

Secretary

Alex has not just enjoyed a distinguished piping career that spans adjudicating, playing at every grade level, and competing as a soloist for more than 50 years – he has also been a proactive part of the ongoing success of pipe bands in Queensland as a long-serving member of the Pipe Bands Queensland and other organising bodies, including serving as secretary for the last 17 years. Highlights of Alex’s piping career have included winning the Queensland Highland Pipers’ Society Open Piper of the Year trophy in 1981, and winning the Grade 1 New Zealand Championships in 1996 with St Andrews Pipe Band, of which he is a life member. Alex is also a life member of Pipe Bands Australia and an Honoured Person (Du.A) of the Celtic Council of Australia for contributions to the Scottish community. 

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Darin Cook

Treasurer

Darin has been a piper since the age of seven, learning with Jack McCandlish and playing with the Blue Bonnets Pipe Band, Wynnum RSL Pipe Band, Queensland Police Pipes and Drums before he became a founding member of the Queensland Highlanders (2001 Grade 2 World Pipe Band Champions). Darin joined the Emmanuel College Highlanders Pipe Band at the University of Queensland after their merger with the Highlanders in 2016, and has also played internationally with the NZ Police, Auckland and District, and Canterbury Caledonian Society Pipe Band, and had solo competition success for many years, including a placing at the 2000 Festival Interceltique du Lorient. Darin was previously a Vice Chairman for Pipe Bands Queensland, and is the current Treasurer.

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Nicolette Cordell

Assistant Secretary

Pipe bands have been part of Nicolette’s life since meeting her husband almost 30 years ago. With her husband and now two sons all playing the bagpipes, Nicolette stepped into the role of Assistant Secretary with Pipe Bands Queensland and assisted in the organising and running of the 2018 Australian Pipe Band Championships.


Nick Tomkins

Education Officer

Nick started his piping career at The Scots PGC College, as the first student of band master Sandy Dalziel. When moving to the Gold Coast for University and later Brisbane for work, Nick played with Grade 2 St Andrew’s Pipe Band – rising to Pipe Sergeant. Nick also began mentoring bands from across the country.
Nick is now the Pipe Sergeant and Treasurer at the City of Ipswich Pipe Band, while establishing and teaching at the Greater Ipswich College of Piping and Drumming. Nick is a Festival Director at The Gathering – Queensland’s largest Celtic Festival. Nick also plays with Pipe Band Club and Manawatu Scottish. Nick’s biggest piping mentors are Rod Smith, Stewart McKenzie, Paul Hughes and Bob Worrall.

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