Victorian Youth Pipe Band | Belfast Tattoo Preparations Continue

Well done to our Victorian Youth Pipe Band on a fantastic weekend of piping and drumming. The band has just completed a very successful and rewarding weekend or rehearsal culminating in a very polished evening performance at the Maryborough Highland Society.

A special thanks to Maryborough Pipe Band who allowed the use of their band hall, provided lunches for the youth band members, and assisted with organising the Saturday evening performance at the Maryborough Highland Society, our promoter for the 2020 Australian Pipe Band Championships.

Our Victorian Youth Pipe Band is growing in size each week as preparations for its appearance in the Belfast International Tattoo this September continue.  The trip will also include a performance in concert with the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland and other activities to enhance the learning and performance experience.


The band now has only a few vacancies ahead of the historic trip – four pipers, two snares, three tenors and a bass – where it will provide two files for the Tattoo massed pipes and drums. Contact the youth band tutors to apply for a spot.

Daylesford Highland Gathering | Results Master Sheet

Please see attached the results master sheet from the Daylesford Highland Gathering held Saturday 1 December 2018.

Brett Staley wins Peter Clohesy Award

At Daylesford Highland Gathering on 1 December, Brett Staley was announced as the 2018 recipient of the Peter Clohesy Memorial Shield for services to highland drumming.

Brett has played drums throughout much of his life, including City of Melbourne, Geelong RSL, and Victoria Police and is a long serving music adjudicator. Brett also has a long track record of teaching and fostering drumming throughout his career.

Congratulation Brett!

December PBV & VHPBA Council Meetings (Updated)

The December meeting of Pipe Bands Victoria and the VHPBA will be held on Sunday 9 December 2018 at 10:30am at Watsonia RSL, 6 Morwell Avenue, Watsonia, 3087.

A copy of the meeting agenda is attached. All members welcome.

For those wishing to stay for lunch, meals can be purchased from the Club Bistro following the meeting.

College Members: Please note that due to the success fo the recent PD night, the College meeting has been postponed until 2019.

Drill & Dress Information to assist bands

Ahead of the new pipe band competition season, the Drill and Dress Panel has prepared a brief information sheet to assist bands in further refining their performances in the dress, march-off and street march events at our competitions.

Please refer to the attached memorandum to assist and guide with presentation for the upcoming season.

We look forward to our first competition at Daylesford this coming Saturday (1 December 2018).

Daylesford Draw Mk 5 (latest version)

Attached is the latest version (Mk 5) of the Daylesford draw for Saturday 1 December.


The Daylesford Contest will be held on Saturday 1 December with the Street March commencing at 09.20 and upon completion of the Street March element the contest will move to Victoria Park Daylesford.

VYPB Tutor Appointments

Pipe Bands Victoria is pleased to announce that the two female tutors that will accompany the Victorian Youth Pipe Band to Belfast have been selected and accepted their appointments.

We welcome Merran Moir from Warrnambool and Sara Hamza from Victoria Scottish to assist Vice Principals Scott Nicolson and Andrew Womersley with tutoring and mentoring the youth band. Merran and Sara are both professional teachers and have many years experience in their respective discipline of piping and mid-section drumming.

A practice for the Youth Band is scheduled for January 2019 in Maryborough where the band will also engage in a public performance. The young people who have joined the Youth Band come from a number of our bands from across Victoria. There are still some piping vacancies and expressions of interest from young members are always welcome.

Band Contest Entries 2018-2019

Bands and Band Secretaries are reminded that entries for Daylesford Highland Gathering close on 5 November. Late entries will only be accepted up until 12 November 2018.

The link to the website page is

Vale David Ramsay

It is with sadness we acknowledge the sudden passing of David Ramsay. David ran the Scottish Shop “Celtic Affairs” with his wife Anne and other family members. David was a quiet achiever and supporter of bands and highland activities and sponsored many events over several years. David was also a member and at times Pipe Major of several bands in Melbourne, including City of Melbourne and Ringwood after he emigrated from Scotland.

David’s wife Anne, and family members have advised funeral details as follows, and have been requested bands’ people to wear kilts, uniforms and bright colours as David liked these.

Funeral Arrangements for:- David McCutcheon Ramsay

11.30 am Thursday 18/10/’18

Tobin Brothers Chapel

41 Old Plenty Road

South Morang    Vic. 3752

Following the chapel service the burial will be at the Yan Yean Cemetery, 2265 Plenty Road, Whittlesea