News

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

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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

Pipes, drums and haggis

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

Examination enrolment now available online

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

Massed Pipes and Drums at Brisbane Boys College for the Australian Pipe Band Championships 2018

Resignation of National Officers

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

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