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Read the latest news, updates and announcements about Queensland pipe bands, pipers and drummers below.

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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

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

COVID-19 Event Updates

**This page will be updated with information as it becomes available** Last update: 6.30am, 27 March 2020 The evolving situation with COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) has led to the cancellation or postponement of a number of upcoming pipe band and piping-related events. Pipe Bands Queensland’s Executive Committee is currently assessing each upcoming contest on a risk … Continue reading COVID-19 Event Updates

Vale RJK (Bob) Semple OAM BEM

Pipe Bands Queensland wishes to express our deepest condolences to the family, friends, and bandmates of Bob Semple OAM BEM – Pipe Bands Australia chieftain, piper, long-serving drum major to Hawthorn Pipe Band, and titan of the Australian pipe band movement. Bob was a treasured part of our national pipe band community, and we were … Continue reading Vale RJK (Bob) Semple OAM BEM

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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