The date for the deferred Annual General Meeting of the VHPBA Inc. will be Saturday 16 November 2019.

The meeting will commence at 1:00pm at Altona RSL, 31 Sargood Street, Altona.

Please refer attached meeting notice.

Contest Entries for the coming 2019-2020 contest season are now open. Entries close four weeks prior, and late entries close three weeks prior to each contest.

Please note that as approved by Branch Council, Pipe Bands Victoria has moved to online entries.

The electronic entry form is attached in PDF format. This can be completed, saved and returned via email, or alternatively, printed and returned via post. If you are unable to insert a photo of your band uniform on the Uniform Register page, please attach as a separate photo file with your form. If you have trouble opening the pdf form, right click with your mouse and download to your computer.

Payment MUST be made online via the Try Booking web portal. A small additional administration fee is applicable to each transaction. Below are links to contest entry pages for each band contest and the Drum Major Solo contests:







DM Solo


2020 Australian Pipe Band Championships

The link for band entries is

The October State Council of VHPBA and Branch Council meeting of PBV will take place on Sunday 20 October 2019.

The meetings are scheduled to commence immediately following the Annual General Meeting of the Branch (Pipe Bands Victoria) which commence at 1:00pm in the upstairs room at the Maroondah Sports Club, Corner Mt Dandenong & Dublin Roads, East Ringwood.

Due to the requirement to conduct an election for the office bearers of the VHPBA, a Returning Officer has been appointed to conduct an election in accordance with the rules of the association.

Therefore, on advice from both the Returning Officer and separate legal advice, and to ensure there is sufficient time between the closing of nominations and the Annual General Meeting to enable compliance with Rule 21 of the VHPBA in its entirety, and taking into account the requirements of Rule 13, the Annual General Meeting of the VHPBA will be postponed and at that date, the election of officers shall proceed in the usual fashion.

The new date for the AGM of the VHPBA shall be advertised following further consultation with the Returning Officer.

All welcome. Please find attached the agenda for the meeting.

Please remit apologies to the Secretary via email at

Attached is the master sheet from the Victorian Mini Band Championships held at St Arnaud on Saturday.

A big thank you to all the bands who participated, including Hamilton & District Pipe Band who also participated in the event.

Please refer attached the contest draw for solo drumming at the upcoming St Arnaud contest this Saturday.

Solo drumming will commence immediately following the conclusion of the band contest.

Please refer attached memo for members regarding nominations received for the Annual General Meetings.

Pipe Bands Victoria has been invited by the Shrine of Remembrance to provide a massed band for the Flag Lowering Ceremony at the Shrine on 11 November at 5pm, the final act of commemoration on Remembrance Day.

The requirements would be:

• Arrival at 4pm for briefing and preparation 

• Music: The Battle’s O’er and Waltzing Matilda

• Finish 5.15pm

Bands and individual players are requested to register their interest through the secretary by email no later than 27 October.

A practical training workshop for Drum Majors will be conducted on Sunday 3 November in Melbourne.

Please refer to the attached registration form. Cost is $40 per person, and payment is via Try Booking link and registered participants are requested to complete and return the registration form to Vice Principal Dress & Drill, Chris Earl.

Please see attached the contest draw and relevant information for the upcoming Victorian Mini Band Championships on 12 October at St Arnaud.

Entries are still open for the St Arnaud solo drumming contest but will close this Friday 4 October . All entries are to be submitted and paid online.

The link for solo drumming entries is

Music requirements can be found at our solo drumming website or as per the attached list of playing requirements.

Entries to the band contest have closed, and the contest draw for the Mini Band Championships will be published shortly after circulation to the participating bands.