Education

Australian Pipe Band College – Queensland branch

Please contact the relevant Vice Principal (see below) if you have enquiries about the operation of the college.

If you wish to study for one of the certificates awarded by the College, access syllabus details and study materials for each branch of the college at the Pipe Bands Australia website:

Download and complete the enrolment form, and send it to secretary@pipebandsqld.org.

Deposit the appropriate fee in the Branch bank account:

  • Name: Pipe Bands Australia Inc Qld Branch
  • BSB: 084 004
  • Account: 55971 3060

Other resources

Meet the Vice-Principals

Hazel Osborne

Piping Vice-Principal

Hazel is a distinguished and experienced adjudicator, teacher, and performer, who has played at most levels of band and solo competition and now regularly judges in local competitions as well. Hazel began her piping journey in Canada as a teenager, with excellent teacher James MacMillan. She competed with, and for a time led as Pipe Major, the Vancouver Ladies Pipe Band, and has competed and performed in many international solo bagpipe competitions, solo voice performances and ensemble concerts since. Shortly after arriving in Brisbane in 2004, Hazel joined Pipe Bands Queensland, and played with the City of Brisbane Pipe Band, before later joining the Queensland Highlanders to compete at Grade 1 level under Pipe Major Jason Palfrey. She has been a professional piper with Queensland Police Pipes and Drums since 2005, and holds Piping and Ensemble Adjudication Certificates from Pipe Bands Australia, as well as formal qualifications in Choral Music Performance and Music Education from the University of Victoria in Canada.


Sam McPherson

Drumming Vice-Principal


Steven Stanley

Dress and Drill Vice-Principal


Jamie Robinson

Rules and Administration Vice-Principal

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.