Read the latest news, updates and announcements about Queensland pipe bands, pipers and drummers below.
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World champion piper and founder of the world’s biggest online bagpipe school the Piper’s Dojo, Andrew Douglas, recently announced the release of his new book, called Finding Bagpipe Freedom. Douglas co-authored the book with Queensland’s Camille Layt (President and Pipe Sergeant of the Brisbane Pipe Band) over the course of the last year. Jim McGillivray, … Continue reading Finding Bagpipe Freedom: new book from Queensland piper and Andrew Douglas from the Piper’s Dojo
Unfortunately, Tartan Day celebrations in Brisbane for 2021 – due to have been held on 24 July – have been cancelled. Brisbane International Tartan Day president Ian Campbell issued a statement on Thursday 4 March 2021 to advise that the Australian Scottish Community Qld Inc was unsuccessful in obtaining the extra grant, putting them in … Continue reading Brisbane Tartan Day 2021 cancelled
The Queensland Premier announced on Tuesday 23 February that Anzac Day services in Queensland could proceed in 2021. Pipe Bands Queensland is delighted at the news that our bands will be able to contribute to RSL services in many communities across the state, and we encourage all of our members to be in touch with … Continue reading Anzac Day 2021
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)
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
The Christmas edition of Scots News magazine is packed with stories, events and prize giveaways. The magazine’s editor, Carmel Audsley, is always keen for stories about pipe bands, too, so if you have a story to share (or upcoming events to promote), make sure you get in touch via email@example.com. View the December 2020 / … Continue reading Scots News Magazine: Dec/Jan edition out now
The November 2020 issue of Gone Piping eMagazine is now freely available for download. This issue features: Memorizing Music Better and Faster The history behind “The piper’s warning to his master” Appropriate footwear Review of Gannaway bags Reviews of solo chanters Piping contests before the Great War. Visit the School of Piping website to download … Continue reading Gone Piping: November edition
The University of Glasgow in Scotland has invited pipers from around the world to participate in a unique, virtual and global celebration of Burns Night in January 2021. The University’s Centre for Robert Burns Studies has invited over 2000 international Scottish societies, pipe bands, Burns clubs, and Scottish dance groups to participate in the initiative, … Continue reading 2021 Virtual Burns Night
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