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

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We want to hear from you!

Pipe Bands Queensland is eager for your feedback! We’re running a survey to assess the needs of ALL pipe bands across Queensland – including registered bands AND the many non-registered community bands that operate throughout the state. The information we collect as part of this survey will be used to help plan activities, services, education … Continue reading We want to hear from you!

Finding Bagpipe Freedom: new book from Queensland piper and Andrew Douglas from the Piper’s Dojo

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

Anzac Day 2021

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

Upcoming online competitions (list)

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)

Magazine Cover of ScotsNews Magazine Feb/March 2021 edition showing a Scottish bridge on a sunny day.

Scots News Magazine: February / March edition out now

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

Gone Piping: November edition

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

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2021 Virtual Burns Night

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

VP75 – Our Piping Tribute

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