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, 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.

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

Saturday 28 July
• VPA Solo Piping Championships, Scotch College

Sunday 5 August
• State & Branch Council Meeting

Friday 17 & Saturday 18 August
• World Pipe Band Championships

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

Sunday 18 November
• College Meeting

Saturday 1 December
• Daylesford Highland Gathering*

Sunday 9 December
• State & Branch Council Meeting

Tuesday 1 January
• Maryborough Highland Gathering

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

ANZAC Day March 2018 | Melbourne

Results for 2018 ANZAC Day March through Melbourne to the Shrine of Remembrance are as follows:

Juvenile Bands
Haileybury Pipe Band
Monivae College [ non pipe band ]
PLC Pipe Band

Pipe Bands
Watsonia Pipe Band
Old Scotch Pipe Band
Rats of Tobruk Memorial Pipe Band

We acknowledge and thank all our bands who participate in all ANZAC Day marches through Victoria, and even interstate in some instances.

We also congratulate our Pipe Bands Australia Chieftain, long serving member of Hawthorn City Pipe Band, and original “Rat of Tobruk” Bob Temple OAM BEM on the honour of being one of the guest speakers this year in Canberra as part of ANZAC Day commemorations.

Terry Tully Recital – Friday 20 April 2018

Pipe Bands Victoria is pleased to advise that the Victorian Pipers Association has a major Piping Recital being held this coming Friday 20th April, featuring one of the greatest pipers of our time, Terry Tully from Ireland.

Terry Tully is a Highland Piper, based in Ireland who lead his band to win the 2010 World Pipe Band Championships. He has published five collections of bagpipe music, and such compositions as “Tommy Tully’s Air” and “The Pumpkin’s Fancy,” have quickly earned places among the best Highland Pipe tunes written. His skills have earned him renown and such honours as performing with The Chieftains in Carnegie Hall in New York. He has appeared on three of the group’s albums.

Time & Location:
Friday 20th April – Richmond Union Bowling Club
2 Gleadell St
Richmond 3121
Doors open 6:30pm, Piping from 7:15 onwards.

$20.00 – tickets available at the door, or via reservation (booking link below)

Meals available.
Terry will be supported by local Victorian pipers, Craig Sked and Simon Blackshaw.

ANZAC Day 2018 | Melbourne March

Please see attached memo detailing massed band arrangements immediately following the march to the Shrine of Remembrance on ANZAC Day.

Vale Kelly Wagener

Vale Kelly Wagener
14/3/71 – 2/4/2018

It is with deep regret that Pipe Bands Victoria advise the sad passing of Kelly Wagener.

Kelly was an enthusiastic and talented member of our pipe band community. Kelly started her drumming life as a young girl with the Footscray City Highland Pipe Band, becoming an extremely competent drummer and teacher. Kelly was a valued member of several bands, including, Melbourne, Hawthorn, and a current drummer with the Moorabbin City Pipe Band. Kelly was also Head of Pipes & Drums at Presbyterian Ladies’ College.

Pipe Bands Victoria extends their deepest condolences to Kelly’s two children, her family, her students and her extended pipe band family.

2020 Australian Pipe Band Championships (updated)

Pipe Bands Victoria is pleased to announce that the the promoter for the 2020 Australian Pipe Band Championships is the Maryborough Highland Society. The Championships will be held in Maryborough at Princes Park on 4 & 5 April 2020.

The CEO and President of the Highland Society were delighted to receive the advice their application was successful, and look forward to promoting a strong and successful event in regional Victoria. Following the launch, the Society has immediately commenced forward planning, and representatives from the Society will attend the upcoming Australian Championships in Brisbane. PBA President Chris Earl and PBV Chairman Tim McLeod attended the launch and are photographed with representatives from the Maryborough Highland Society.

We would also like to thank the members of the Maryborough Highland Pipe Band who made themselves available to participate in the launch at this morning’s press conference.

The following link will take readers to the 9 News Central Victoria facebook page for the news report of the launch.
9 News Central Victoria

The attached memo provides some further details, and additional information will be published as it comes to hand.

Victorian Youth Pipe Band Application Form

Please find attached the new online application form for the Victorian Youth Pipe band.

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

Warrnambool Workshops 2018

The 2018 annual South West Coast Piping Drumming Dancer workshop will be held from 13-15 April 2018.

Terry Tully, former Pipe Major of the World Champion St Laurence O’Toole Pipe Band is the key international tutor this year, and will be performing at the tutor’s Showcase with other local talented pipers and drummers.

There is still time to register, and registration forms can be downloaded from the Warrnambool Pipe Band website at via the drop down link to SWCPDD.