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.

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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.

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ANZAC Day 2017

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

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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.

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Grade 3 & 4 Awards 2017 | Sponsored by Access Parts Pty Ltd (updated)

Congratulations to the bands who won the annual awards sponsored by Chris Hosking of Access Auto Parts. These awards are for the the highest aggregate points for the season in Dress & Drill, and combined piping & drumming.

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

Duncan MacLennan MBE Memorial Cup – Aggregate Grade 4 Piping & Drumming.
The Band with the highest points is Golden City (Bendigo)

The Ernie Cartwright Memorial Cup – Aggregate Grade 3 Dress & Drill
The Band with the highest points is City of Melbourne Highland Pipe Band

This year the Bill Bruce Trophy is being awarded in Grade 3 – Aggregate Grade 3 Piping and Drumming
The Band with the highest points is City of Melbourne Highland Pipe Band

Thank you to all bands who participated throughout the year, and thanks to Access Parts Pty Ltd for their ongoing sponsorship of these awards.

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PBV | State & Branch Council Meetings

Please be advised the next State and Branch Council meetings will be held at 1:00pm on Sunday 9 April 2017 at the Maroondah Sports Club, Mt Dandenong Rd, Ringwood East.

Agenda and reports will be circulated to Councillors and Band Secretaries in the near future.

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Les Hardy, Sir Rupert Hamer Award winner 2017

Congratulations to Les Hardy, formerly of the Federation University (Ballarat) Pipe Band who won the Sir Rupert Hamer Award for 2017.

The Award for outstanding services to the Pipe Band movement is presented annually at the Annual Ringwood Highland Games and recognised the first chieftain of the VHPBA from 1963 to 2004 – Sir Rupert Hamer AC, KCMG, ED. The award is the highest honour bestowed on a person by the VHPBA with the exception of Life Membership.

Les has made a significant personal commitment supporting pipe bands throughout his lifetime including tutoring, and other leadership roles. Les recently retired from playing with the band, but continues to support the band where and when he can.

Les was unable to be in attendance at Ringwood on Sunday when the award was announced, but a formal presentation will be made when a suitable opportunity becomes available.

Well done Les, you are a very worthy winner of the Sir Rupert Hamer Award.

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Ringwood Highland Gathering 2017 | Contest Mastersheet

Attached is the master sheet from the Ringwood Highland Gathering, the final contest in the 2016-17 Victorian Pipe Band contest season.

We are also pleased to advise that the Promoter has notified Pipe Bands Victoria that the gathering will continue in 2018.

Thank you to all members for your cooperation throughout the season, especially in often warmer than expected conditions. Where possible, it was attempted to assemble massed bands in the shade and expedite massed bands and prize giving ceremonies, and we also thank our promoters for accepting these changes.

We look forward to seeing you next year.

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Stolen Bagpipes at Geelong Contest

A young member has requested we publish a post regarding a theft which occurred yesterday at the Geelong highland gathering.

The bagpipes were placed in the Watsonia RSL band tent and appear to have been stolen around 11:00am. The pipes are a set of Grainger and Campbell’s in a bagpiper case back pack.

If you hear of anything please contact the Pipe Bands Victoria Secretary via email at or contact Victoria Police.

The person who has had the pipes stolen has requested we remind members to be extra vigilant to keep their valuables safe during public events so it doesn’t happen to others. Unfortunately, an opportunistic person has taken advantage of the situation.

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Victorian Pipe Band Championships (Geelong) Mastersheet

Please find attached the Mastersheet from yesterday’s Victorian Pipe Band Championship contest at Geelong.

Congratulations to the winning bands, there were a number of close results on the day, so certainly a very competitive day.

We thank everyone for their cooperation when assembling the massed band, and during the wheel on to the oval. This decision, whilst it may have compromised the marching presentation to the public, was taken in the best interest of members to enable bands to enjoy the shade during assembly rather than standing in the hot sun in the middle of the oval.

We look forward to seeing everyone at Ringwood next Sunday. A reminder to bands to please read the appended contest notes to ensure all members are able to fully cooperate with instructions on the day to minimise delays and assist personnel in expediting activities.

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