Upcoming online competitions (list)

COVID-19 has had a massive impact on pipe band activities around the world, but one beneficial result for players has been the increase in online competition opportunities. Associations, bands and groups all over the world have been running more online competitions while their regions are in lockdown, giving international competitors unprecedented access to world-class judging … Continue reading Upcoming online competitions (list)

Scots News Magazine: February / March edition out now

The latest edition of Scots News magazine is packed with stories, events and prize giveaways. From the editor: "It's been an interesting lead up to getting this issue produced, with the uncertainty and changing conditions towards events due to the pandemic, and another skin cancer operation on my face that had me sidelined without my … Continue reading Scots News Magazine: February / March edition out now

Gone Piping: November edition

The November 2020 issue of Gone Piping eMagazine is now freely available for download. This issue features: Memorizing Music Better and FasterThe history behind "The piper's warning to his master"Appropriate footwearReview of Gannaway bagsReviews of solo chantersPiping contests before the Great War. Visit the School of Piping website to download a free copy.

Examination enrolment now available online

This article was originally posted on Pipe Bands Australia on 7 May 2020. Enrolment for Pipe Bands Australia’s Australian Pipe Band College examination can now be lodged online. The online enrolment links have been added to the national website on the education and training pages for piping, drumming, drill and dress, and rules and administration. … Continue reading Examination enrolment now available online

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Resignation of National Officers

Pipe Bands Australia have announced the resignations of: National Secretary Steve PattersonNation Principal Rules and Administration Jamie ForsythNational Committee Member James Cowie The announcement (download PDF copy) reads: 3 June 2020 Gratitude and appreciation for national service Pipe Bands Australia acknowledges with gratitude the contribution of three highly valued members who have stepped down from … Continue reading Resignation of National Officers

Fraser Martin – 2nd edition of Bagpipe Music Book out now

Fraser Martin has released the second edition of his Bagpipe Music Book, now available in digital format for free from his website. Fraser is a renowned piper all over the world, and is well known to many in the Queensland community. He describes himself as "a musician who, from time to time, plays bagpipes in … Continue reading Fraser Martin – 2nd edition of Bagpipe Music Book out now

Chris Gray – new album out now

Chris Gray – acclaimed piper and composer, former Scots College tutor, and previous Queensland competition judge and recitalist – has launched his new self-titled album. The album features highland pipes, whistles and piano performances, with all original compositions rooted in the tradition of folk music. It also features the talents of Innes White (acoustic guitar), … Continue reading Chris Gray – new album out now

Applications open – Peter Cook Scholarship

Applications for the 2020 Peter Cook Scholarship – which assists in the encouragement and advancement of pipers – are now open, and will close on 30 June.  The scholarship was established last year with the bequest from Peter’s estate and is jointly administered by Pipe Bands Australia and Victorian Highland Pipe Band Association. Awards totalling … Continue reading Applications open – Peter Cook Scholarship

Queensland Piper a World Champion

Congratulations to Queensland piper Aidan Scott, who won the overall Grade 3 Piping title in 2020 World Online Piping & Drumming Championships. Queensland piper, Aidan Scott Aidan is the Pipe Sergeant of the Brisbane Boys College Pipe Band and tutored by Andrew Roach.Congratulations too to Queensland pipers and drummers who placed among 1650 entrants from … Continue reading Queensland Piper a World Champion

ANZAC Day 2020

ANZAC Day is fast approaching. Due to the current social distancing measures that are in place, ANZAC Day memorials and parades have been cancelled across the country. However, this will not stop pipers, drummers, and the pipe band community from continuing our long-standing tradition of paying respects to all those who have served. Pipe Bands … Continue reading ANZAC Day 2020

2020 Queensland Season Cancelled

The current schedule of events for the 2020 Queensland pipe band season is now officially cancelled. Pipe Bands Queensland's committee has been working closely with event organisers, local councils, and organising bands to discuss potential options for postponed events this year, noting that any dates are dependent on whether Federal Government enforcements remain in place … Continue reading 2020 Queensland Season Cancelled

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Australia’s Got Talent seeks pipers and bands for next season

Producers from popular TV show Australia's Got Talent have reached out to Pipe Bands Queensland specifically seeking exciting acts to showcase their talent on live TV. They are currently on the hunt for more amazingly talented and diverse performers to take to the AGT stage once again! After it’s highly successful re-launch, Australia’s Got Talent will be coming … Continue reading Australia’s Got Talent seeks pipers and bands for next season