Haileybury Solo Drumming Contest – date change

The Haileybury solo drumming contest has been brought forward by one day to Saturday 8 June 2019 and will commence at 12 noon. Further details for entries, registrations, and playing requirements can be found at our solo drumming site solodrumming.info

Results of PBA Ballot of Bands

Please refer to the attached memo from Pipe Bands Australia summarising the outcomes of the recent “ballot of bands” for proposed changes to the Pipe Bands Australia contest rules.

Pipe Bands Victoria apologises for the delay in circulating this to bands, but an issue with the branch email software has hampered recent distributions to bands.

Aggregate Contest Awards for 2019 Season

Results from the 2018-2019 Competition Season for a number of awards sponsored annually by Chris Hosking of Access Auto Parts are listed below. We thank Chris and Access Parts for their continued support of our bands. These awards are based on aggregate points for each category throughout the contest season, and have been named to honour and perpetually recognise the dedication of several members who made life long contributions to pipe bands.

The Ernie Cartwright Memorial Shield – Aggregate Grade 4 Dress & Drill

The Band with the highest points is St. Arnaud (NSM) Pipe Band


Duncan MacLennan MBE Memorial Cup – Aggregate Grade 4 Piping & Drumming.

The Band with the highest points is St. Arnaud (NSM) Pipe Band


The Ernie Cartwright Memorial Cup for Aggregate Grade 3 Dress & Drill

The Band with the highest points is City of Melbourne HPB #1


The Bill Bruce Trophy for Aggregate Grade 3 Piping and Drumming

The Band with the highest points is Scotch College P&D #1

ANZAC Day Awards 2019

Results of ANZAC Day March 2019 Band – RSL Awards sponsored by RSL Victoria for those bands participating in the march down St Kilda Road, Melbourne to the Shrine of Remembrance are as follows:

Pipe Band Category

  1. Rats of Tobruk Memorial Pipe Band
  2. City of Melbourne Pipe Band
  3. Ambulance Victoria Pipes & Drums

Juvenile Band Category

  1. Kooweerup School Band – non-pipe band
  2. Haileybury College Pipes & Drums
  3. PLC Pipe Band

This year, the Juvenile Band Category also included non-pipe bands to acknowledge and support all young people participating in the parade.

ANZAC Day Massed Band Melbourne 2019

Bands are invited to participate in the annual ANZAC Day march through Melbourne along St Kilda Road and massed band at the Shrine of Remembrance as part of the tribute by Pipe Bands Victoria and its bands to the commemoration of ANZAC Day.

Please refer to the attached memo which is applicable for bands attending and participating in the massed band performance at the Shrine on ANZAC Day 2019.


Peter Cook Memorial Scholarship for Solo Pipers









Pipe Bands Australia has today announced an annual scholarship to assist with education and training of pipers jointly established with Victorian Highland Pipe Band Association with a bequest from the estate of the late Peter Cook.

The fund will be jointly administered by PBA and VHPBA with annual awards totalling up to $2000 being made over at least the next 10 years. The scholarships are available to members of Pipe Bands Australia and affiliated organisations.

Peter Cook tragically lost his life in a car accident just days before the 2014 Australian Pipe Band Championships. He had been secretary of Pipe Bands Victoria for more than a decade at the time of his death and had been recognised with life membership of Pipe Bands Australia and the VHPBA.

He had a lifelong passion for piping and pipe bands, but in particular, solo piping and was heavily involved with the former Pipers’ Club of Victoria.

Attached is the memorandum from Pipe Bands Australia and application forms for the scholarship. This scholarship is open to pipers across Australia.

Ringwood Highland Gathering Results

Please see attached the results from the 2019 Ringwood Highland Gathering held on Sunday 31 March at JW Manson Reserve, Wantirna.

In addition to the results, Pipe Bands Victoria congratulates Ben Casey on winning the Lew Zillies Award as the Champion Drum Major for the 2019 season.

Ringwood Highland Gathering also presented two Youth Encouragement Awards and these were received by Ella Hodges and Liam Nicolson for the leadership qualities they have displayed with the Victorian Youth Pipe Band.

The final award presented at Ringwood was the Sir Rupert Hamer Award, and this for the first time ever, was presented to two winners, being Ian Clarke and Phil Parson, the VHPBA Marshals, and we sincerely congratulate and thank both Ian and Phil for their many years of service.

The citation for the award is as follows:

Ian Clarke & Phil Parson, VHPBA Marshals

Usually, a nomination for the Sir Rupert Hamer Award is for individuals, but in this case, a dual nomination has been made for the two VHPBA Marshals. A nomination cannot be made for one without the other, hence the joint nomination.

In the lead up to the 1974 Australian Pipe Band Championships at South Melbourne in 1974, Jack Harris and Bob Denman were recruited to assist with organising and marshalling bands and to ensure such a large contest ran to time.

At that time, there was limited or no formal assistance for ensuring bands were suitably marshalled for contests, massed bands and other events, and it was determined under the leadership of Ken Williamson, then President of the VHPBA that formalising a role for marshals would be beneficial to both the association and bands.

Shortly thereafter, Ian Clarke who was a serving officer of Victoria Police was recruited by Jack Harris, himself a policeman, as a Marshal. Ian began assisting marshalling bands at highland gatherings and other events and has been doing so since the mid 1970s.

Phil Parson was recruited as a Marshal by Ian Clark in the late 1970s when Jack Harris was no longer able to assist. Phil was also a serving officer of Victoria Police and played with the Victoria Police Pipe Band for a period of time. Phil is now the Secretary of the Retired Police Association where he administers over 3000 members. Phil was stationed at various locations throughout his career and prior to retirement was stationed at the Police Academy at Mount Waverley.

Phil has been an active member of the organising committee of the Police and Fire Games and along with Ian, is a dedicated and long term volunteer assisting pipe bands.

Over 40 years, the Marshals have always turned up and assisted at contests. Both Ian and Phil have offered dedicated service to the VHPBA and Pipe Bands Victoria and carried out their duties with diplomacy, commitment, and general excellent interaction with members of pipe bands over this time. Pipe Majors under stress are sometimes not easy people to deal with and both Ian and Phil continue to do an excellent job for the association.















The Earl of Louden presenting Ian with his award (Phil Parson was absent)

Tartan Day Parade 2019 – Invitation to bands

Please see attached an invitation to all Pipe Bands Victoria member bands inviting participation in the 2019 Melbourne Tartan Festival Massed Street Parade.
Unfortunately, although Pipe Bands Victoria has advocated strongly, there is no funding currently available to assist bands, and the Festival Committee is seeking bands to volunteer in this inaugural parade with a a hope that it will be able to be funded in future years. It is hoped this parade will become a high profile event promoting bands as part of the festival and lead to a greater awareness of pipe bands in metropolitan Melbourne.
Could you please return your response to the Secretary, Ross Connolly via email at moc.c1558904242ivsdn1558904242abepi1558904242p@yra1558904242terce1558904242s1558904242 no later than Friday 3 May to assist both Pipe Bands Victoria and the promoter with the planning of the event.

Victorian Pipe Band Championships Results (Geelong) – updated

Please see attached the results from the 2019 Victorian Pipe Band Championships held at Geelong on Sunday 17 March at Osborne Park, North Geelong.

Congratulations to the Champion bands in each Grade, Moorabbin (Grade 2), Scotch College No. 1 (Grade 3), Warrnambool No. 1 (Grade 4), Scotch College No. 1 (Novice A)and Scotch College No. 2 (Novice B).

The Grade 4 Selection of Marches contest was won by Haileybury Pipes & Drums but the drumming and ensemble points for this non-aggregate contest were inadvertently halved. This has now been corrected on the updated master sheet, and the outcome is that Federation University gained second place, and Scotch College No. 2 third place, thus reversing the previous order of second and third place.

Pipe Bands Victoria apologises for any inconvenience this may have caused and we look forward to seeing you all at Ringwood on 31 March.

Ringwood Contest Draw

Please see attached the Mark 1 version of the contest draw for the Ringwood Highland Gathering to be held at JW Manson Reserve at Wantirna on Sunday 31 March 2019. Access to the reserve is via Selkirk Avenue.

Bands and Band Representatives are requested to note the sign in and performance times, and carefully read the appended notes relating to other contest matters, and the assembly of the Finale Massed Band. Massed band tunes are also listed in the appended notes. Particular attention is drawn to requirements for parking and access to the new venue at JW Manson Reserve.

We look forward to seeing you all at Ringwood.