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

Born in Lochore in Scotland, Sam started his drumming career as Leading Side of the Ballingry High School Novice Juvenile then Juvenile pipe bands under the tuition of Drum Sgt Wille Bell, Dysart and Dundonald Pipe Band. The Ballingry School Pipe Band dominated the Juvenile grade picking up many successive Supreme Champions awards. During this time Sam also won the World Junior Solo Side Drum Championship. Like many members of the Ballingry Pipe Band he went on to play with the Dysart & Dundonald Pipe Band.

Sam then took on leading drummer role with the Inverkething and District Pipe Band; reaching the pinnacle of his drumming career playing alongside Drum Major Jim King in the Polkemet Pipe Band placing second in the 1991 Grade I World Championships and winning many other titles including both the Scottish and European Grade 1 Championships.

Sam settled in Australia taking on the role of Drum Sgt of the Queensland Police Pipes & Drums. Sam has helped the band achieve numerous awards and prizes including the title of Australian Champions Grade II and both the Queensland and New South Wales State titles in Grade I.

Outside the competition arena, Sam’s career highlights are performing at the Canadian National Exhibition with the Dysart and Dundonald Pipe Band, the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo with the Queensland Police and working with Pipe Major Davy Barnes on the Pandora’s Other Box CD.


Stevie Stanley

Dress and Drill Vice-Principal

Stevie was born and brought up in a town called Penicuik, just south of Edinburgh.

Stevie started drumming at the age of four with the local Penicuik Boys Brigade Pipe Band under the tutors Willie Smith and Ian Dewar. After several years in the BB band, Stevie moved to another local band, West Linton & District under the guidance of Alistair Aitken OBE. Both bands were disciplined in teaching youth and were excellent in their dress and deportment. Even though Stevie was at West Linton, he would go along to the BBC band to help teach the young budding drummers.

In his early teens, Stevie joined the Scottish Gas Caledonia Pipe Band, under Drum Sgt John Moneagle. This proved to be a very successful period for Stevie in both drumming and drum majoring, with the drum corps winning many drumming titles and individually Stevie winning all the Juvenile Drum Major Championship titles, including the World Championship and Champion of Champion crown. In 1993 Stevie stepped up to the Adult Drum Major environment where he was also very successful until he retired from competitive Drum Majoring at the end of 1994 when Stevie joined the Lothian & Borders Police Pipe Band (formally Edinburgh City Police Pipe Band), under Drum Sgt Arthur Cook and latterly Stewart Gardner.

In 1999, Stevie moved from Scotland to take up new residence in Australia and commenced employment with the Queensland Police Pipes & Drums, under the leadership team of David Barnes, Sam McPherson and Drum Major OIC Ross Huth. Stevie served with the Qld Police Service for 12 years and was with the band when they travelled to Scotland to compete at the World Pipe Band Championships as well as the Edinburgh Military Tattoo. The Police band also produced an excellent CD in 2000 titled ‘Pandora’s other Box’, which Stevie was very proud to be part of.

In 2002, St. Andrew’s Pipe Band were looking for a new leadership team and appointed Matthew Rigby as Pipe Major and Stevie the Drum Sergeant. The band soon progressed from Grade III to Grade II, winning the Grade II Drum Corps title at the New Zealand Championships, along with numerous Inter-State and State Titles.

There is nothing more special that Edinburgh Castle and Stevie feels very fortunate to have been able to perform in eight different Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo’s in the capacity as a drummer and Drum Major.

Stevie’s passion is teaching and has taught various Drum Majors, community bands and school bands throughout Scotland and here in Australia over the years. He is very versatile instructor and tutors snare, bass, tenor and the art of drum majoring.

Stevie is currently the Director of Pipe Band at Brisbane Boys’ College and under his direction since 2011, the band has gone from strength to strength winning the Australian Championships in 2016, plus numerous State titles. The band has also completed three tours to Scotland in 2014, 16 and 18 where the band has competed at the European Championships gaining sixth place, World Championships gaining third place and also performing twenty-five shows at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in 2018.

Stevie will lead both the Brisbane Boys’ College Number 1 and 2 bands back to Scotland in June 2020 to compete in the Novice Juvenile A and B grades respectively at the European Pipe Band Championships.


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.