Daylesford Highland Gathering – CANCELLED

Pipe Bands Victoria has just received advice from the Daylesford Highland Gathering that the entire gathering scheduled for Saturday 2 December 2017 has been cancelled.

The promoter apologises for any inconvenience, but due to severe weather forecasts and in the interests of safety, a number of participants and other stakeholders have withdrawn and the committee determined the gathering was no longer able to proceed.

Daylesford Highland Gathering Arrangements

Due to the recent imminent weather forecast for inclement weather, in consultation with the Daylesford Highland Gathering, a contingency has been put in place to ensure the safety and comfort of all participants.

Please refer to the attached memo for the proposed changes to the program should the weather determine alternative arrangements are required. Bands are to note that a final decision will be made at 8.00am on Saturday 2 December, and bands are requested to have their band representative aware of the need to attend this briefing and communicate the decision to their band.

Should the wet weather contingency be enacted, a new draw will be promulgated to Band Representatives on the day.

Victorian Youth Pipe Band | Update & Briefing of new structure

Pipe Majors, Drum Sergeants, Drum Majosr (or other representative) of each Victorian band are invited to attend a brief meeting during the lunch break at the Daylesford Highland Gathering.

The meeting will be held at, or adjacent to the Scorers’ tent at 1:00pm, immediately prior to the official opening. If this isn’t suitable on the day due to inclement weather, then the meeting may be convened in the nearby pavilion.

The briefing will take approximately 10 minutes.

Please refer to the attached flyer for information.

Scots Day Out 2018

Please see attached the band entry form for Scots Day Out 2018. This contest will be held on Saturday 3 March 2018.

Bands entering are requested to submit entries by the due date to avoid a late fee and more importantly, to enable the contest draw to be planned and promulgated in a timely manner prior to the contest.

Performance Opportunities for Pipers, Drummers & Drum Majors

Please refer attached memo regarding opportunities for performance. These opportunities are constantly under exploration by Pipe Bands Victoria with a view to enabling members from all bands to perform at events where their own band may not be able to attend, and to be paid for that performance.

New Massed Band Assembly Instructions

Bands are requested to familiarise themselves with the attached instructions for the assembly of massed bands for the upcoming contest season commencing at Daylesford Highland Gathering.

Daylesford Contest Draw 2017

Please see attached Daylesford Contest Draw and Order of Play.

Attention is drawn to the appended notes for general information for bands and players.

PBV Annual General Meeting & 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 15th October, 2017.

All members are invited to attend. The AGM will commence at 11:00am followed by a short lunch break. Council meetings will commence from 1:00pm.

Please find attached the agenda and reports for the AGM, and agenda for the Council meetings.

A full agenda with meeting times and relevant reports is available to members from the Secretary upon request.

Vale Cyril (Syd) Bell

It is with deep regret we advise the sad passing of Cyril (Sid) Bell. The father of drummer and adjudicator Ian Bell, Sid was an enthusiastic drumming tutor in several bands and was responsible for teaching and inspiring some of todays teachers including several on the current PBV Drumming Panel.

Our deepest condolences to Ian and the Bell family.

Funeral details:

BELL. A Service Celebrating the Life of Mr Cyril Bell will be held at the Le Pine Ferntree Gully Chapel,
1096 Burwood Hwy (cnr Brenock Park Dr) Ferntree Gully on THURSDAY (Oct. 5, 2017) commencing at 10.00 a. m.
Private Cremation No flowers by request, donations to Peter MacCallum Cancer Research would be appreciated.
Envelopes will be available at the Chapel.

Matt Fraser’s Interesting People | interview with Bob Semple OAM BEM

Recent advice has been received of a fascinating interview with Pipe Bands Australia Chieftain, RJK “Bob” Semple OAM BEM.

For those interested in Bob’s story, the following link is to an interview conducted earlier this year. Matt Fraser’s Interesting People is an online podcast, and in this interview, Bob tells the story of his life dating back to his early days as a WWII war veteran.

The link is