Victorian Solo Drumming Championships 2018

The Victorian Solo Drumming Championships will take place at Scotch College, 1 Morrison Street, Hawthorn on Sunday 5 August 2018. Registrations will be taken from 12:15pm, and the contest will commence at 1:00pm.

For further information, please visit solo drumming.info

The contest entry form is attached, and entries close on Friday 27 July. All entries are to be emailed and received by this date, and no late entries will be accepted.

Playing requirements as listed on the Pipe Bands Victoria Solo Drumming website, solodrumming.info are as follows:

Beginner: Played on a practice pad. 

Must be accompanied by a piper on a practice chanter. Competitor must have learnt snare drum for 12 months or less prior to September 2017. (September 2016 to September 2017).  They will stay in this section for one solo season only.

Beginner:  Snare

2 Parts of Own choice March style music. Must start with introduction rolls.

Novice:  Snare (Learner)

Element 1:        4 Parts of Simple Time March. (Can play 2 x 2 parts)

Element 2:        4 Parts of Compound Time March. (Can play 2 x 2 parts)

D Grade:  Snare, Tenor & Bass (Elementary)

Element 1:        March, Strathspey & Reel, 4 Parts of 2/4 March (Can play 2 x 2 parts) into 2 parts each of Strathspey & Reel.

Element 2:        2 Parts of Hornpipe into 2 Parts of Jig.

C Grade:  Snare (Sub-Intermediate)

Element 1         March, Strathspey & Reel: 4 parts of 2/4 March into 2 or more parts each of Strathspey & Reel

Element 2         2 or more parts of Hornpipe and Jig.

B Grade:  Snare, Tenor & Bass (Intermediate)

Element 1         March, Strathspey & Reel, each of 4 parts or more. (Traditional Style)

Element 2         4 Parts of Hornpipe into 4 Parts of Jig.

A Grade:  Snare, Tenor & Bass (Open)

Element 1         March, Strathspey & Reel, each of 4 parts or more (Traditional Style).

Element 2         Hornpipe & Jig, each of 4 parts or more.

 

•   All competitors are to commence their performance with two three paced rolls.

•   All Competitors will play both elements as listed at each contest. 

Victorian Youth Pipe Band Update

The Victorian Youth Pipe Band have sent out preliminary letters to those applicants who have applied for the Youth Band’s trip to Belfast in 2019.

The first Band Camp has been organised for the 8th & 9th of September. It is full steam ahead.

Interested? There is still time to apply for this unique experience. Please go to Pipe Bands Victoria website and complete the application form under the Youth Band tab.

Band Ensemble Rubric

Pipe Bands Victoria is pleased to promulgate the Ensemble Rubric recently presented  to band representatives. Although this document is presented for use by Grade 4 bands, several elements are pertinent to any band performance. It is hoped all bands find this document a useful tool.

Pipe Majors and Drum Sergeants, or any other band music leaders and  tutors are welcome to contact the music Vice Principals to gain a further understanding of the contents of the Rubric.

The Ensemble Rubric that was developed by our music adjudicators at a recent workshop was based on a concept and knowledge gained from attending a recent presentation by the BC Pipers Association at their Online Annual Adjudicators Conference in February.

The overall aim of this document is to provide a better understanding of Ensemble presentation for all bands, and the current criteria the Ensemble judges are utilising to assess musical performances at our contests.

Band Ensemble Presentation

As per the recent invitation to bands and members, Pipe Bands Vic is pleased to advise there has been significant uptake in the invitation to the music leaders of bands to attend a presentation of ‘Ensemble’ being held at the Maroondah Club on Sunday 17 June at 1:00pm prior to the Branch Council meeting.

This presentation is not only limited to Pipe Majors and Drum Sergeants as any other music leaders, tutors and band personnel are welcome to attend.

While this presentation will be particularly relevant to Grade 4 bands, it is applicable to all bands and the purpose of the presentation is to explain the Ensemble Rubrik that was developed by our music adjudicators at a recent workshop.

The overall aim is to provide a better understanding of Ensemble, and the current criteria the Ensemble judges are utilising to assess musical performances at our contests.

If you are interested in attending, please convey your attendance to Ross Connolly, Secretary by close of business today (Friday 15 June), but additional materials may also be available at the presentation for late registrations.

Queen’s Birthday Honours 2018

Pipe Bands Victoria is extremely pleased to congratulate Anthony Sell OAM and Donald Blair OAM who have made significant and life long contributions to pipe bands and Scottish culture in Victoria and also had an impact throughout Australia.

We also congratulate Sue Macleod OAM, who until her recent retirement, was the organiser and convener of the Ringwood Highland Gathering. Sue has made a long term contribution to the Scottish community spanning almost 50 years, and has dedicated much of her life to promoting and organising the Ringwood Highland Gathering to foster Scottish cultural activities in Melbourne.

A summary of activities of both Tony and Donald are listed below. This is by no means a complete biography, but clearly demonstrates the dedication and contribution both these gentlemen have made to our movement.

Anthony Sell OAM

Pipe Bands Victoria extends congratulations to Tony Sell upon him being awarded an OAM in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2018. Tony has been heavily involved in administrative and organisational aspects of the pipe band movement in Australia for a period well in excess of 50 years.

Whilst studying at Scotch College (Melbourne), Tony became involved in the Army Cadet Unit, and it was during this period he began his interaction with pipe bands. After leaving school, he studied Law at Melbourne University, and was the inaugural Secretary of the Melbourne University Pipe Band established during the early 1960s. This began his involvement in administrative matters with pipe bands which continues until this day.

In the 1970s and 1980s, Tony was involved in with the administration of the City of Nunawading Highland Pipe Band and was President of that organisation for a number of years. During this period, he was made a Life Member of the band whilst he continued other administrative duties at a broader level.

He has actively contributed at many administrative levels of the Victorian Highland Pipe Band Association (VHPBA), the Australian Federation of Pipe Band Associations (AFPBA), and its successor, the Australian Pipe Band Association (now known as Pipe Bands Australia), and since retiring, has continued his involvement at many levels within the pipe band movement within Australia.

Tony has served the VHPBA in a variety of positions. He started as Assistant Secretary in the early 1960s, was Secretary for approximately ten years during the late 1960s and 1970s, and has again filled the position of Assistant Secretary since 2015. As Secretary in the 1970s, Tony instigated the monthly magazine “Pipe Bands Victoria” and he published this journal for almost twenty years until others took on this role. He has also had a major role in originally drafting the PBA Rules and other regulations, and many of their subsequent updates.

Tony was awarded Life Membership of the VHPBA in 1974, and this was also recognised with the formation of Pipe Bands Australia when along with other Life Members of State based Associations, he was an inaugural Life Member of Pipe Bands Australia. He was also an early recipient of the Sir Rupert Hamer Award in 1994, an annual award in recognition of outstanding service to pipe bands in Victoria. He now holds the title “Principal Emeritus” of Pipe Bands Australia in further recognition of his significant contribution to pipe bands.

For much of his professional working life, Tony allowed the use of his business premises for use by the VHPBA, and was heavily involved in raising of finance and the purchase of premises for use as offices by the VHPBA in the 1970s, and its subsequent sale and replacement with new premises in the 1990s. He provided all legal services for the transaction of both properties at no cost. Over the years, he has also provided pro bono legal advice for a large number of Victorian pipe bands.

Tony has made an outstanding contribution to not only the local pipe bands he has been directly involved with, but to many other bands and to furthering the overall pipe band movement within Victoria and Australia.

Donald Blair OAM

Pipe Bands Victoria congratulates Donald Blair on being awarded an OAM. Donald has been heavily involved in teaching bagpipes and other aspects of the pipe band movement throughout most of his life, a period of over 60 years.

Donald has been Pipe Major of the Warrnambool & District Pipes & Drums since the early 1980s when he was elevated to the role following the retirement of the former Pipe Major, Allan Ingram (since deceased). Prior to playing with the Warrnambool band, Donald was Pipe Major of the Terang Pipe Band for a period before moving to Warrnambool where he has been in various leadership capacities within the band through the 1970s, culminating in his appointment as Pipe Major in 1982.

Donald has taught well over 100 people the musical art of playing the bagpipes, as well as working with them in the band. This includes younger and older people. Many children have carried this musical skill with them into adulthood, thus enabling them to also contribute to pipe bands and their local communities through performance.

Donald continues to lead the band at community and public events, and has also led the band to several Australian Pipe Band Championship titles, as well as two Royal New Zealand National Pipe Band Championship titles. Warrnambool & District Pipes & Drums has been and continues to be, one of the most active and successful pipe bands in regional Australia, and much of this is due to the dedication, commitment, and talent of Donald as a leader and teacher.

Aside from band activities, Donald also teaches bagpipes at King’s College in Warrnambool. He does this as a volunteer to promote and teach piping to young people and thus assists the school in broadening its curriculum. Donald has also taught at the South West Coast Piper Drummer Dancer workshops held annually in Warrnambool since 2002.

Although having recently turned 80, he continues to amaze many with his fortitude and commitment despite his advancing years. He not only still leads the Warrnambool band, but teaches piping students at least two nights a week, and regularly conducts other additional tuition sessions at his home. He is also very passionate about assisting his students in solo piping competition, and usually travels to all competitions around Victoria to assist and support his students.

The following link standard.net.au will take readers to an article written by Katrina Lovell and published on 11thJune 2018 in the Warrnambool Standard.

City of Melbourne Pipe Band 120th Anniversary Gala Ball


The City of Melbourne Highland Pipe Band is celebrating our 120th Anniversary with a Gala Ball on Saturday 7 July at the Collingwood Town Hall. We invite friends from the pipe band community to join us for this special occasion.


Programme

From 6:30pm
Complimentary welcome drinks & canapes

From 7:30pm
2 course dinner
Drinks at bar prices
Coffee & Tea

Entertainment
Borderline Kaylee
City of Melbourne Highland Pipe Band

Dress

Lounge suit / Cocktail / Highland

Tickets

$120 per person

Order at melbournepipeband.com/120th-ball (preferred method),
or
Email: secretary@melbournepipeband.com.au
Phone: Lyn Vanos 0400 588 921

THANK YOU TO OUR EVENT SUPPORTERS

PBV Ensemble Presentation for Bands

Pipe Bands Vic cordially invites the music leaders of your band to attend a presentation of ‘Ensemble’ being held at the Maroondah Club on Sunday 17 June at 1:00pm prior to the Branch Council meeting.

This presentation is not only limited to Pipe Majors and Drum Sergeants as any other music leaders, tutors and band personnel are welcome to attend.

While this presentation will be particularly relevant to Grade 4 bands, it is applicable to all bands and the purpose of the presentation is to explain the Ensemble Rubrik that was developed by our music adjudicators at a recent workshop.

The overall aim is to provide a better understanding of Ensemble, and the current criteria the Ensemble judges are utilising to assess musical performances at our contests.

Please convey your attendance to Ross Connolly, Secretary at your earliest convenience.

The following notes have been added by the Music Vice Principals:
“To all leaders of Grade 3 & 4 bands (Pipe Majors, Leading Drummers and Tutors)

The most frequent interaction between music adjudicators and bands is in the assessment and critiquing of performances in competition. What is it adjudicators actually look for and comment upon? How can adjudicator comments be used in a practical way to improve a band’s musical presentation?

Victorian music adjudicators have undertaken an exercise to connect their work with giving specific, meaningful guidance to bands so they can improve their performance quality and musicianship.

An integrated guide (i.e. both piping and drumming) to ensemble expectations for Grade 4 contest elements has been developed. Understanding this guide will assist bands, and you are invited to learn how.”

Victorian Youth Pipe Band Newsletter

Please find attached the new online application form for the Victorian Youth Pipe band and newsletter 1 & 2 detailing updates for applicants.

Further information can be obtained by emailing the secretary at secretary@pipebandsvic.com, or by directly contacting Scott Nicolson (Vice Principal of Piping), or Andrew Womersley (Vice Principal of Drumming).

Access Parts Aggregate Trophies 2018

Chris Hosking of Access Parts Pty Ltd sponsors a number of annual aggregate trophies for pipe bands. We thank Chris for his continued dedication and support of bands, and are pleased to advise the winners of the trophies for 2018 are as follows.

The Ernie Cartwright Memorial Cup for Aggregate Grade 3 Dress & Drill
The Band with the highest points is Victoria Scottish Pipe Band

The Bill Bruce Trophy for Aggregate Grade 3 Piping and Drumming
The Band with the highest points is Victoria Scottish Pipe Band

The Ernie Cartwright Memorial Shield – Aggregate Grade 4 Dress & Drill
The Band with the highest points is Golden City Pipe Band

Duncan MacLennan MBE Memorial Cup – Aggregate Grade 4 Piping & Drumming
The Band with the highest points is Old Scotch Pipes & Drums

Thank you Chris for collating the results and we join you with congratulating all bands who took part throughout the contest season.

Calendar of PBV Events & Meetings

Dates for PBV events and meetings up until early 2019 are listed below. Dates for VPA events have been sourced from the VPA website, and are listed for information and to assist those who may wish to attend solo piping competitions.

JUNE
Saturday 2 June
• PBV Executive Meeting (Ballarat)
• VPA Solo Piping Contest, PLC (Melbourne)

Saturday 16 June
• Meeting of Executive with Ringwood Highland Gathering Committee (Ringwood) at 6pm.

Sunday 17 June
• Grading Committee Meeting
• College Meeting (panels to arrange own meetings on a prior date if required)
• Presentation of Ensemble Rubrik to Bands
• State & Branch Council Meeting

Sunday 24 June
• VPA Solo Piping Contest, Geelong

JULY
Saturday 28 July
• VPA Solo Piping Championships, Scotch College

AUGUST
Sunday 5 August
• State & Branch Council Meeting

Friday 17 & Saturday 18 August
• World Pipe Band Championships

OCTOBER
Sunday 14 October
• VHPBA AGM & PBA Vic Branch AGM
• State & Branch Council Meeting

NOVEMBER
Sunday 18 November
• College Meeting

DECEMBER
Saturday 1 December
• Daylesford Highland Gathering*

Sunday 9 December
• State & Branch Council Meeting

JANUARY 2019
Tuesday 1 January
• Maryborough Highland Gathering

FEBRUARY 2019
Sunday 9 or Saturday 23 February – TBC
• State & Branch Council Meeting (either Melbourne or if on 23 Feb, Ballarat)

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