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Pipe Bands Australia are championing a musical tribute on 15 August 2020 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. Known as ‘VP75 – Our Piping Tribute’, the project requires players to register; learn a tune called ‘VP 75 – Lest We Forget’, which has been composed by Mark Saul specifically … Continue reading VP75 – Our Piping Tribute
The following appointments have been made in accordance with the Rules of Pipe Bands Australia. National Secretary: Dr John Ralph John has been playing for more than 30 years and for the past 22 years has been pipe major of St Andrews Caledonian, Launceston, guesting with bands in several states and competing and performing overseas … Continue reading National officer appointments announced
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
Pipe Bands Australia have announced the resignations of: National Secretary Steve Patterson Nation Principal Rules and Administration Jamie Forsyth National 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 … Continue reading Resignation of National Officers
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 – 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 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
• David Spotswood – second in Grade 2 side• Jules Crane – second in Grade 5 piping • Will Gibson – ninth in Grade 2 side• Abbie Graham – ninth in Grade 4 side• Euan Graham – ninth in Grade 5 piping Well done to all our winners and placing players, and to all Queensland … Continue reading Queensland Piper a World Champion
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
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