Please refer to the attached letter of apology from the VHPBA Inc. to Andrew Womersley dated 13 July 2021.

Please see attached the results from the Haileybury Inter-School band contest held Sunday 16 May 2021.

Haileybury Mastersheet_160521

Please see attached the contest draw for the Haileybury contest for school bands to be held on Sunday 16 May 2021. COVID safe practices will apply, and this contest is limited to school bands only which at the time of planning, were subject to different COVID requirements from community bands.

We wish all the competing bands well, and are pleased that competitions in a limited format have been able to resume. It would be wonderful to offer spectator support to the 3 participating schools and you are most welcome to come along during the afternoon.

Food vendors and parking are available on site – see map attached – plus PBV QR code registration on entry.

PBV and Haileybury Inter School Contest Draw MK 2

Pipe Bands Victoria is pleased to advise that the postponed Ringwood Highland Gathering will take place at Eastfield Park, Eastfield Road, Croydon on Sunday 3 October 2021. The gathering committee has intimated they have some exciting announcements as they emerge from hibernation in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and these will be publicised by the promoter in due course.

Further details will be provided as and when they become available from the promoter. Pipe Bands Victoria is working on a a COVID Safe Plan to meet Government health requirements, and continues to monitor health advice to ensure the environment in which our members perform meets current guidelines relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pipe Bands Victoria acknowledges the support and dedication of all our bands who were able to participate in ANZAC Day parades and services around Victoria this year. After the lockdown of 2020 preventing active participation, this was the first event at which many of our members and bands were able to perform in public in over a year. Attached is a photo sent in by Haileybury Pipes & Drums after their performance at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne.

It is with great sadness that we inform our community of the passing of Grace Neal, wife of former President of the VHPBA and Haileybury Drum Tutor, Bruce Neal.

Grace’s contribution to our community was considerable, serving as an active member of the Ladies Committee for many years and also fundraising for the VHPBA. She is also remembered for her support during Bruce’s involvement with both Haileybury and Melbourne.

On behalf of PBV, we extend our deepest sympathy and offer our condolences to Bruce, Grace’s family and friends.

The Ringwood Highland Gathering has released a statement to stakeholders including Pipe Bands Victoria to advise that their committee has decided to postpone this year’s event scheduled for 28th March 2021 until early October 2021.

The Gathering Committee have postponed the Ceilidh until early October as well. Precise dates and venue are under negotiation with the local council and further information regarding the date and venue will be forwarded by Pipe Bands Victoria as and when it comes to hand from the Gathering Committee.

Please refer to the attached statement from the Ringwood Highland Gathering Committee, and we invite all members and friends to support them with the virtual gathering in July, and rescheduled gathering in October 2021.


Ringwood Highland Games communication

The Sir Rupert Hamer Award

The Sir Rupert Hamer Award is awarded annually in honour of our inaugural V.H.P.B.A. Chieftain, Sir Rupert Hamer AC, KCMG, ED.

Nominees should be persons who have made a significant personal commitment in support of the objectives of Pipe Bands in Victoria and the V.H.P.B.A. over a period of many years. The nominee’s support can be as a piper, drummer, drum major, tutor, administrator, or a combination of musician/administrator.

Nominations are now open and close on the second Friday of March each year. Please refer to the nomination form for additional details.

Pipe Bands Victoria is delighted to announce the winner of the 2020 Sir Rupert Hamer Award is Tom Troup.

Tom has been involved in pipe bands and snare drumming since he migrated to Australia in the 1960’s. He learnt to play snare with the Boy’s Brigade in Dundee, Scotland but did not play with a band until he migrated to Australia which include Scottish Ex-Service, The Rats of Tobruk Memorial Pipes and Drums, The Royal Caledonian Society and Moorabbin City Pipe Band. Whilst with Moorabbin, the band was regraded into Grade 2 and won the Grade 2 Australian Championships in 1976 and 1978.

During his time with the Rats Of Tobruk Memorial Pipes and Drums as Drum Sergeant, Tom was a major impetus for the band performing at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo in 1988 and was liaison with the tattoo organisers. The band was the first civilian band to have their own performance (outside of massed bands) at the tattoo.

In the late 1980s, Tom moved to the City of Melbourne No. 3 band, assuming leadership of the drum corps and was responsible for the tuition of their learners and up and coming snare drummers. In the 1990s, Tom then moved on to the Hawthorn City Pipe Band, where he was originally a corps drummer, but moved on to bass, whilst also taking on the roles of Drum Sergeant and secretary. Some highlights with Hawthorn were winning the New Zealand Championships in 2002 (clean sweep) and 2003; competing at the Jakarta Highland Gathering in the open grade and being crowned best bass drummer, beating out 2 Grade 1 bass drummers.

Currently, Tom is a member of Frankston RSL Pipes and Drums, initially as tutor, but then as a corps drummer, ultimately becoming drum sergeant whist continuing to tutor.

Tom’s contribution to other bands as tutor has also included the Ringwood, St Andrews Ladies, and Sale pipe bands.
Tom has continued his interest and has been Pipe Bands Victoria and VHPBA councillor for a number of bands. A drumming colleague Tom’s has quoted:

“Tom has been instrumental in starting and inspiring the career of many pipe band drummers.” This includes two of his children, Alex becoming a world class snare drummer, and Caroline becoming a world class tenor drummer. Tom has also been a mentor for those taking on roles within bands, whether it was as Drum Sergeant or an administrative role.

Congratulations Tom on being awarded the 2020 Sir Rupert Hamer Award.

The Annual General Meeting of Pipe Bands Victoria took place via Zoom on 16 December 2020. Pipe Bands Victoria was very pleased to be joined by our Chieftain, The Hon. Ted Baillieu, former Premier of Victoria who spoke to the meeting prior to reading the citation for the 2020 Sir Rupert Hamer Award.

During the meeting, Office Bearers were confirmed as:

• Chairman Tim McLeod

• Vice Chairman (x2) Mick Ryan & Chris Bouwmeester

•Treasurer Tim Bodey

• Secretary Karen Wallace

• Assistant Secretary Jason Blake

Pipe Bands Victoria acknowledges and thanks retiring Vice Chairman Chris Earl, who has served on the Executive since 2014, for his services and contribution to the Executive team.
Thank you to all members who attended the meeting, and we take this opportunity to wish all members and bands Seasons Greetings.