New Contest Supervisors

Congratulations to Karen Wallace and Mick Ryan on completing their Advanced Certificate in Rules & Administration and being accepted in to the Australian Pipe Band College.

Pictured are Karen and Mick with Ross Connolly (centre), Vice Principal of Rules & Administration presenting their certificates during the recent Branch Council meeting. Well done Karen and Mick, and we look forward to your assistance during the coming contest season.

Contest Regulations 2019

Pipe Bands Australia has today published the updated Contest Regulations 2019.

A copy of the Contest Regulations can be downloaded from the Pipe Bands Australia website

St Arnaud Solo Drumming Contest

The 2019 Victorian Mini Band Championships will be held in St Arnaud on Saturday 12 October as part of a celebration to mark the 70th Anniversary of the St Arnaud NSM Pipe Band.

This event will include a Street March, Massed Band, Solo Drumming, and aggregate Mini-band contest (Grade 2, 3, 4A & 4B) as well as a solo drumming contest to replace the cancelled PLC contest.

The link for solo drumming entries is

Playing requirements can be found at or as per the attached list of playing requirements.

World Pipe Band Championships 2019

Congratulations to Inverary & District Pipe Band, 2019 World Champions.

Pipe Bands Victoria congratulates Hawthorn Pipe Band on their solid qualifying performance in their very first venture to Scotland, but whilst the band played very well, in an extremely strong field, the band unfortunately didn’t make the final.

Pipe Bands Victoria also congratulates The Pipe Band Club from Sydney placing third in Grade 2.

Australian Solo Drumming Championships 2019 | Canberra

The 2019 Australian Solo Drumming Championships will be held in conjunction with the ACT Solo Piping & Drumming Championships on Sunday 13 October in Canberra.

Entry forms for band events on the Saturday, and solo events on the Sunday are attached.

VHPBA & PBV Annual General Meetings & October Council Meetings

The Annual General Meetings and October Council meetings of both the VHPBA and Pipe Bands Victoria will be held at the Maroondah Sports Club, Corner Mt Dandenong and Dublin Roads, Ringwood East on Sunday 20th October, 2019.

All members are invited to attend. The AGM will commence at 1:00pm. Council meetings will commence following conclusion of the AGM’s.

Meeting notices are attached below. A full agenda and relevant reports are available from the Secretary to members upon request.

PBV Council Meetings

The August State Council of VHPBA and Branch Council meeting of PBV will take place on Saturday 31 August 2019.

The meetings are scheduled to commence at 2.30pm in the upstairs room at the Watsonia RSL, 6 Morwell Avenue, Watsonia, 3087.

All welcome.

Please remit apologies to the Secretary via email at moc.c1568570077ivsdn1568570077abepi1568570077p@yra1568570077terce1568570077s1568570077

Victorian Solo Drumming Championships 2019 | Contest Draw

Please find attached the draw for the Victorian Solo Drumming Championships. Due to the association allowing an influx of late entries, there has been insufficient time to allocate individual performance times.

The order of play will generally be as follows, but may be altered on the day due to availability of adjudicators and variances in entries between element 1 and 2 in some grades. The contest will commence at 1.00pm. All welcome to attend and support our solo drummers.

• Novice Tenor

• D Grade Tenor

• B Grade Tenor

• A Grade Tenor

• D Grade Bass

• Beginner Snare

• Novice Snare

• D Grade Snare

• C Grade Snare

• B Grade Snare

Victorian Solo Drumming Championships 2019 (updated)

The 2019 Victrorian Solo Drumming Championships will be hosted at Scotch College on Sunday 4 August commencing at 1pm – a showcase event for our drummers. Entries will close via the try booking link on Thursday 1 August.

Online entries are now open at

Melbourne Tartan Festival Street Parade 2019

Thank you to all those who turned out to support our bands in the centre of Melbourne on Sunday 21 July for the massed band leading the Melbourne Tartan Festival parade. A massed band of more than 130 PBV drum majors, pipers and drummers paraded down Collins St Melbourne for the final day of Melbourne Tartan Festival. Thanks to City of Melbourne, Old Scotch, Ambulance Victoria, Scotch College, Haileybury, 5/6 RVR and Ringwood bands and representatives from Watsonia, Maryborough and Victoria Scottish..