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Vale Cyril (Syd) Bell

It is with deep regret we advise the sad passing of Cyril (Sid) Bell. The father of drummer and adjudicator Ian Bell, Sid was an enthusiastic drumming tutor in several bands and was responsible for teaching and inspiring some of

Matt Fraser’s Interesting People | interview with Bob Semple OAM BEM

Recent advice has been received of a fascinating interview with Pipe Bands Australia Chieftain, RJK “Bob” Semple OAM BEM. For those interested in Bob’s story, the following link is to an interview conducted earlier this year. Matt Fraser’s Interesting People

Bendigo Highland Pipe Band – 80th Anniversary Celebrations

Join with Bendigo Highland Pipe Band to commemorate its 80th Anniversary. To celebrate its 80th Anniversary, the band is putting on a free concert on Saturday the 13th of May in Eaglehawk’s beautiful Canterbury Park Gardens. The concert, starting at

Grade 3 & 4 Awards 2017 | Sponsored by Access Parts Pty Ltd (updated)

Congratulations to the bands who won the annual awards sponsored by Chris Hosking of Access Auto Parts. These awards are for the the highest aggregate points for the season in Dress & Drill, and combined piping & drumming. The Ernie

Les Hardy, Sir Rupert Hamer Award winner 2017

Congratulations to Les Hardy, formerly of the Federation University (Ballarat) Pipe Band who won the Sir Rupert Hamer Award for 2017. The Award for outstanding services to the Pipe Band movement is presented annually at the Annual Ringwood Highland Games

Stolen Bagpipes at Geelong Contest

A young member has requested we publish a post regarding a theft which occurred yesterday at the Geelong highland gathering. The bagpipes were placed in the Watsonia RSL band tent and appear to have been stolen around 11:00am. The pipes

Sir Rupert Hamer Award Nominations

Nominations for the Sir Rupert Hamer Award for 2017 will close on Friday 10 March 2017. The nomination form, which can also be found on this website under the drop down menu “FORMS”, is attached. Members are invited to consider

Vale Richard Divall AO OBE (Updated)

The V.H.P.B.A. and P.B.V. regret the death of distinguished Victorian musician, conductor and teacher Professor Richard Divall AO OBE on Sunday 15th January. He had a great influence on music in Victoria, particularly with his leadership of the Victorian State

Christmas Greetings

On behalf of the Executive of Pipe Bands Victoria, I wish all our bands and members a safe and happy Christmas. We look forward to seeing you all at the Highland Gatherings and other events in 2017. Ross Connolly, Secretary

Ian Murdoch Memorial Award 2016

Scots of Victoria recently announced that the joint winners of the Ian Murdoch Memorial Award 2016 are Ailsa Bouch (nominated by the Victorian State Committee of Highland Dancing) and William Sincock (nominated by Pipe Bands Victoria). Encouragement Certificates were also