Brian Niven OAM
Congratulations to piping judge Brian Niven on being awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day Honours for services to pipe bands and the community.
Brian played with City of Melbourne Highland Pipe Band before serving with Victoria Police for many years, including the period as Pipe Sergeant when the Victoria Police Pipe Band won the World Pipe Band Championships in 1998, until the recent restructure of the band.
Brian was also the founding President of the Victorian Pipers Association, and is a former Vice Principal of Piping for Pipe Bands Victoria.
We also acknowledge the recognition in the Australia Day Honours of Kevin Hillier, a long serving organiser of brass band events.