Victorian Solo Drumming Championships

The Victorian Solo Drumming Championships will be held Saturday 2 September 2017 at Scotch College, Melbourne (venue to be confirmed).

For further information and entry forms, please visit solo

Enquiries can be sent via completing the information request form at solo, or emailing the Pipe Bands Victoria Secretary at

Posted in Contests, Vic Branch news

2017 Drum Majors Practical Workshops

Pipe Bands Victoria is offering a 2017 practical series of workshops for Drum Majors. Conducted over two sessions, the workshops will be conducted at the Ambulance Victoria Training Room, corner of Brady and Boundary Street, South Melbourne.

Session 1: Sunday 17 September 2017: 10am to 3pm

Session2: Sunday 22 October 2017: 10am to 3pm

For those intending to attend, please return attached form with your registration details.

Posted in Events, Vic Branch news

PBV June Meetings (Updated 15/6/17)

Please see attached the updated meeting agenda with several attachments for College, State and Branch Council meetings to be held on Sunday 18 June 2017 at the Maroondah Sports Club, Mt Dandenong Road, Ringwood East.

Times are as follows:

• Music Board Panel Meetings (Piping, Drumming, Rules and Admin, Dress and Drill) from 10:00am

• College Meeting from 11:00am

• Lunch Break 12:30-1:30

• State and Branch Council Meetings commence from 1:30pm.

Apologies may be recorded with the Secretary, Ross Connolly via phone or email

Panel meetings for adjudicators, if required, will be coordinated by the relevant Vice Principal. If adjudicators require further information regarding individual panel meetings, please contact your Vice Principal.

Further information including previous minutes and other reports has been distributed today to Councillors. Members wishing to attend the State and Branch Council meetings are most welcome, and a copy of minutes and other information is available upon request from the Secretary.

Posted in Meetings, Vic Branch news

Sir Rupert Hamer Award Presentation

Following the announcement of Les Hardy as the winner of the Sir Rupert Hamer Award at the Ringwood Highland Gathering in March, Chairman of Pipe Bands Victoria Tim McLeod attended the Federation University Pipe Band (Ballarat) Annual General Meeting on 20 May to formally present the award to Les (pictured). As previously published, Les has made a lifetime contribution to pipe bands and piping in the Ballarat region, and he was most humbled and honoured to accept the perpetual trophy. Les had several family members in attendance, and spoke briefly following the presentation of the honour of having being recognised by his peers. Each recipient of the award is also presented a certificate to record their achievement.

During the AGM, popular Ballarat “Coach Captain” Brian Ryan was presented a Life Membership of the band. Brian, although not a piper or drummer, has been involved with the band for over 25 years, and continues to contribute to the band as Band Representative, and throughout that time, has donated his time to drive the band all over Victoria and interstate to band competitions.

A further presentation was also made to long time band member, Ian Ives. This was in recognition of Ian’s 50 year contribution to the band, and band President, Tim Bodey had much pleasure in unveiling a large photo montage of Ian’s life in piping.

Congratulations to Les, Brian and Ian on receiving well deserved recognition.

Posted in Immediate, Vic Branch news

Australian Pipe Band Championships 2018 | Change of Date & Venue

Just announced by Pipe Bands Queensland, the host Branch of the 2018 Australian Pipe Band Championships.

Change of location and date

The decision has been made to change the date and venue of the Championships, they will now be held on

Saturday 7 April 2018

at Brisbane Boys College, Toowong, Brisbane

The attached memo from Pipe Bands Australia formally confirms the change of date.

Further details will be released in the near future by Pipe Bands Australia and the Queensland Branch.

Posted in APBA News, Contests, Immediate

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 12:00pm and going through until 2:00pm, will also feature large displays of the Band’s history and memorabilia as well as the opportunity for you to have your photo taken in band uniform. Members of the community are requested to bring their own seating. The gardens are perfect for a picnic.

Past members, life members, and members of other bands are most welcome.

For more information, please refer to the attached flyer, or contact the Band via: 
●Facebook​ − 
●Email​ −

Posted in Events, Immediate, Uncategorized

ANZAC March Results, Melbourne

The results for for the Pipe Band Category in this year’s ANZAC Day March are as follows:

1. Hawthorn City Pipe Band
2. Rats of Tobruk Memorial Pipes & Drums
3. Victoria Scottish Pipes & Drums

Congratulations to the winners, and thank you to all other bands who marched to commemorate ANZAC Day.

Posted in Events

Solo Piping Recital | Melbourne

Please see attached information from The VPA advertising an upcoming Piping Recital, this Thursday, 27 April 2017 at the Starwards Distillery, 50 Bertie Street, Port Melbourne.

The recital will feature Xavier Boderiou for Brittany, other local pipers and supporting artists.

Posted in Events

ANZAC Day 2017

Please refer to the attached document for arrangements for pipe bands at Anzac Day in Melbourne 2017.

Posted in APBA News, Events

April State & Branch Council Meetings

The April State Council of the VHPBA and Branch Council meeting for Pipe Bands Victoria will take place on Sunday 9 April 2017 commencing at 1:00pm.

The venue is the Maroondah Sports Club, Mt Dandenong Rd, Ringwood East.

A redacted agenda is attached, the full agenda will be circulated directly to Councillors and Band Secretaries for circulation to members.

All welcome. Apologies to the Secretary, Ross Connolly.

Posted in Events, Immediate, Meetings