Daylesford Contest Draw Mk 4 (Latest Version)

The latest version of the Daylesford Contest Draw. Please Note there have been some changes to the timing of the various elements.


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

Annual General Meeting & Council Agenda

The Annual General meeting and October Council meetings of both the VHPBA and Pipe Bands Victoria will be held at Geelong RSL, Barwon Heads Road, Belmont, on Sunday 14th October, 2018. All members are invited to attend.

The Annual General Meetings will follow a short forum presented by Pipe Bands Australia as part of the structural review. This forum will  commence at 11:00am, with the AGMs to follow immediately after. The State and Branch Council meetings are scheduled to commence at 1:00pm following a lunch break. A copy of meeting agendas are attached.

Notices of the Annual General Meetings were distributed to Councillors and to Band Secretaries for disbursement to members on 14 August. A full agenda with  relevant reports has been emailed to band secretaries and councillors, and is available to all members from the Secretary upon request.

Please send apologies to the Secretary at moc.c1542792683ivsdn1542792683abepi1542792683p@yra1542792683terce1542792683s1542792683

Vale Stuart Evans (Updated)

Stuart Evans, a stalwart of the City of Melbourne Pipe Band has suddenly passed away after a short battle with cancer. We extend our deepest condolences to Stuart’s family, and the members of the City of Melbourne Pipe Band. Stuart has been a member of the band for many years, and this included leading the No. 2 band as Pipe Major, assisting with learners, and other roles within the band.

For funeral details when finalised, please visit the City of Melbourne Pipe Band facebook page which has announced funeral details as:

Thursday 4th October 2018 1pm – 4pm
Barwon Edge Boathouse (plenty of parking available)
40 Windsor Road, Newtown, Geelong.

Victorian Youth Pipe Band | EOI Belfast Tattoo Tutor/Chaperone

Expressions of interest are being sought for a female to join the upcoming Belfast International Tattoo trip in September 2019. This is an exciting opportunity for a person with the relevant skills to help showcase the Victorian Youth Pipe Band on an international stage.

The Belfast International Tattoo experience will run from the 31stAugust to the 12th September 2019. It will involve the students performing each night of the Tattoo as well as other performances around Ireland. Accommodation will be provided by the Belfast International Tattoo committee.

In order to apply for this experience, you will need to send an email outlining interest and experience. There may be a short interview process involved and you will be expected to attend the Tattoo simulation occurring in the near future and Band camp weekends.

Expressions of Interest via email to Pipe Bands Victoria Secretary, Ross Connolly at moc.c1542792683ivsdn1542792683abepi1542792683p@yra1542792683terce1542792683s1542792683 marked to the attention of Scott Nicolson and Andrew Womersley are due by Friday 31stAugust 2018.

Pipes & Drums Concert | Scotch College, Old Scotch & Hawthorn

The Scotch College, Hawthorn and Old Scotch Pipes and Drums bands will be performing a concert on Saturday 1st September at 7:30pm in the Geoffrey McComas Theatre at Scotch College. The concert will showcase the talents of current Scotch boys and Old Boys who continue to play beyond their school years.

We encourage all to attend what promises to be an exciting and entertaining evening of Scottish music. Ticket are just $5 for students and $20 for adults and are available from this TryBooking link:

A flyer is attached. Please come and be amazed at what music our pipe bands are capable of!


VHPBA Pipes & Drums | NYD 2019

Please see attached a memo detailing opportunities for members of Pipe Bands Victoria to participate in another paid performance at the Maryborough Highland Gathering on New Years Day 2019.

Bands and players wishing to participate in this event are requested to email the secretary no later than 31 October 2018.