The Australian Pipe Band Championships scheduled to be held in Maryborough, Victoria have now been postponed until April 10-11 2021. A memo has been distributed this afternoon to all band secretaries.

Please use the following link to the Pipe Bands Australia website for the full statement.

The latest communication from the Ringwood Highland Games is as follows.

Due to Government restrictions regarding COVID19, and on advice from our local authorities the Ringwood Highland Games and Celtic Festival WILL NOT take place on the 29th March 2020.

The Ceilidh programmed for the 27th March has also been postponed to a future date.

This is a world wide issue which has affected many gatherings around the globe.  Sadly we are also affected by this Pandemic.

Our Games have now been re-scheduled and not cancelled.

Our Executive is currently negotiating with our local council on a definite date & venue, however it will most likely be on a weekend in October 2020. 

We are still finalising many aspects of the rescheduled event including the precise venue and the exact date.

We have every intention to hold an even better event in October!

We will keep you informed.

Further to advice from Pipe Bands Australia, please refer attached memo regarding the postponement of the 2020 Australian Pipe Band Championships to be held at Maryborough, Victoria.

Please continue to monitor advice from Pipe Bands Australia via official channels for update information.

Pipe Bands Victoria in consultation with our promoters has continued to monitor the situation regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) as it impacts on our community. Attached is a memo from PBV and a media release from the Geelong Highland Gathering Committee.

In a rapidly changing environment, it is with deep regret and a heavy heart we advise our pipe band community that the contest scheduled for 15 March 2020 at Osborne Park, North Geelong has now been cancelled under instruction from the promoter.

We further advise that the Victorian Pipe Band Championships scheduled for Sunday 29 March 2020 at the Ringwood Highland Gathering will also be postponed. We are working with the promoter and advise rescheduling may occur at a later date.

We acknowledge and apologise for the inconvenience we know this will cause. However, in the context of COVID-19 infection, the health and safety of our members is of paramount importance. PBV will continue to review and assess all planned events with promoters and venues. This includes other scheduled upcoming events including ANZAC Day Parade and the 2020 Solo Drumming Program.

This advice is not pertinent to the Australian Pipe Band Championships scheduled to be held at Maryborough on 3-4 April 2020. Any announcements pertinent to that event will be made by the promoter and Pipe Bands Australia.

Please check emails and the PBV and PBA websites regularly for further updates.

Please see attached the Mark 1B version of the contest draw for the Victorian Pipe Band Championships to be held at the Ringwood Highland Gathering at JW Manson Reserve, Wantirna on Sunday 29 March 2020. 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 JW Manson Reserve.

We look forward to seeing you all at Ringwood.

Please see attached the contest draw, Mk10 for the Geelong Highland Gathering to be held Sunday 15 March 2020 at Osborne Park, Swinburne Street, North Geelong.

We look forward to seeing everyone at Geelong.

Please find attached the master sheet from the Bendigo Scots Day Out contest held 29 February 2020.

We thank Celtic Affairs for sponsoring a special series of awards at this contest for the best ensemble in each grade in memory of David Ramsay.

Please find attached the updated contest draw (Mk 4) for the Scots Day Out at Bendigo to be held Saturday 29 February 2020 at Rosalind Park, Bendigo.

We look forward to seeing you all there.

Please find attached the master sheet from the Ballarat Highland Gathering held Sunday 23 February 2020.

With assistance from Pipe Bands Australia, Pipe Bands Victoria is hosting an “Evening with Gordon Parkes” following the Australian Pipe Band Championships on Tuesday 7 April at 7pm at the Maroondah Sports Club, corner Dublin & Mt Dandenong Road, Ringwood East.
All members are invited to attend the presentation which will be preceded by dinner at the Maroondah Sports Club. Meals are available at the club from 6pm and bookings can be made directly wth the club on (03) 9879 2922.
Gordon’s presentation will focus on musicianship and leadership in pipe bands. Gordon is a leading RSPBA Adjudicator and former lead drummer of the multiple World Champion pipe band Field Marshal Montgomery.
This presentation not only an opportunity for band leaders and members to hear from Gordon, but is also an opportunity for adjudicators to continue their professional development, as Gordon imparts his experience and knowledge.
A podcast will also be made available by Pipe Bands Australia. We acknowledge and thank Pipe Bands Australia for this initiative.