Queensland Highland Pipers’ Society (QHPS) is Queensland’s association for bagpiping soloists.
Our primary focus is to foster a supportive community that advances Queensland soloists – by running events and administering rules for solo competitions; and supporting piping education to raise the standard of playing in our region and beyond.
Our committee is here for our members, and we are always seeking feedback on how to make our organisation stronger and of better service to you.
We are also strongly committed to raise awareness of and interest in piping, drumming, and Celtic music in the broader community.
QHPS usually hosts monthly recitals and solo piping competitions, plus runs social events. Non-members are welcome to attend these meetings, but a small entry fee is usually charged (waived for members).
QHPS also runs a Piobaireachd Group, which meets monthly for those especially interested in the classical music of the Great Highland Bagpipe.
If you’re looking for content from the old QHPS website, here’s where to find it now:
- Queensland Piobaireachd Group
- Information about competitions
- Solo gradings
- QHPS competition rules
- QHPS newsletter archive
- Contact information.
You do not have to be a member of QHPS to compete at solo competitions or attend events, but QHPS membership offers a number of benefits to soloists, including discounted entry to competitions, exclusive access to special events and educational opportunities, special offers, and a monthly newsletter.
To join, simply pay the relevant annual membership fee:
- Adults – $30
- Students – $20
- Family – $50
You can either pay using PayPal via the buttons below, or by bank transfer:
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1990 was the Silver Jubilee year of the Society and a concise history of this first 25 years titled Silver Chanters was produced – you can purchase a copy for $5 (plus postage).
The Society has also published a Collection of Highland Bagpipe Music – you can purchase a copy for $7.50 (plus postage).
Contact us to enquire about purchasing these.
Meet the society
Maurie commenced piping lessons in 1947. One of many pupils of the late James Lawrie, Maurie became a prominent piper in both solo piping competition and pipe bands. During his career, Maurie served as Pipe Major of both the Queensland Scottish Pipe Band and the Brisbane Caledonian Pipe Band.
Maurie was a Piping Adjudicator from 1983 to 2018, President of the Queensland Highland Pipers’ Society for 12 years, and is currently its Patron. He served a term as President of the Queensland branch of the Australian Pipe Band Association, was the Vice-Principal of Piping for Queensland for many years, and has been awarded life membership for his services. Piobaireachd is one of Maurie’s loves, and he is member of the Piobaireachd Society in Scotland and a foundation member of the Queensland Piobaireachd Group.
A keen student himself, he is enthusiastic about teaching, and for a period of 15 years (1990–2004) was the Piping Instructor and Director of the Brisbane Boys’ College Pipe Band.
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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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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QHPS Committee Member
Piping has been part of Nicolette’s life since meeting her husband almost 30 years ago. Her husband and two sons all play the bagpipes, so Nicolette has stepped into member roles on both the QHPS Committee and the Executive Committee of Pipe Bands Queensland as the Assistant Secretary. A committee highlight for Nicolette was when she assisted in the organising and running of the 2018 Australian Pipe Band Championships in Brisbane.
QHPS Committee Member
First learning when he was 12 years old, Donald has enjoyed and played bagpipes for more than 55 years. An open grade soloist for approximately 30 of those years, Donald competed in solo competitions in Australia and South East Asia, winning prizes at elementary, intermediate and open level. He was a playing member of St Andrews Pipe Band for 25 years, holding the ranks of Pipe Corporal and Pipe Sergeant during that time, and competed and featured in the prize list at competitions in Australia and South East Asia. In 2004, Donald was appointed to the part time position of Director of the Brisbane Boys’ College Pipe Band, a position he held until his retirement in 2010, where he encouraged the band to continue along the path of improvement, built on the platform set by his predecessor, and left the band with more promising and exciting prospects for the future.
QHPS Committee Member
Jim started piping at St Andrew’s College, Christchurch, New Zealand, when he was 10 years old. His first tutor was Paul White – he still plays Paul’s pipes, which he lent him all those years ago. Barry Shaw, Rosie Heany and Richard Hawke have helped shape Jim’s piping career over the years. He was Pipe Major of the Canterbury Caledonian Grade 1 Pipe Band for seven years and is now a life member. In 2012, Jim moved to Brisbane where he joined the Queensland Highlanders Pipe Band. He is currently Pipe Sergeant of the Emmanuel College Highlanders are The University of Queensland, and teaches bagpipes at Brisbane Boys’ College.