Melbourne Tartan Festival Street Parade 2019

Our bands will be to the fore in the centre of Melbourne on Sunday 21 July for the massed band leading the Melbourne Tartan Festival parade down Collins St at 2pm.

All welcome to turn out and support not just our Victorian bands, but celebrate Scottish Culture.

The parade will be along Collins Street from near Spring Street and concluding near Swanston Street.

2019 Victorian Mini Pipe Band Championships | St Arnaud


















The 2019 Victorian Mini Band Championships will be held in St Arnaud on Saturday 12 October as part of a celebration to mark the 70th Anniversary of the St Arnaud NSM Pipe Band.

This event will include a Street March, Massed Band, Solo Drumming,  and aggregate Mini-band contest (Grade 2, 3, 4A & 4B).

A celebratory ceilidh is planned for the Saturday evening following the conclusion of the day’s events.

The link for mini-band entries is

The link for solo drumming entries is

Please complete and submit the entry form for band entries to moc.c1563659391ivsdn1563659391abepi1563659391p@yra1563659391terce1563659391s1563659391


PLC Solo Drumming Cancelled – Replacement Contest Announced

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The solo drumming competition planned for this Saturday has unfortunately been cancelled by the promoter. However, a replacement competition for solo drumming will be held as part of the 2019 Victorian Mini Band Championships in St Arnaud on 12 October.

The link for entries is

Vale Garry Minne | funeral details added

Pipe Bands Victoria is sad to advise of the passing of Garry Minne.
Garry’s family have advised for those members who may wish to know the funeral details are:
Funeral Service for Garry Minne
Friday 28th June 2019
Horsham Uniting Church 
10 Pynsent St, Horsham VIC 3400
Garry followed in the footsteps of his father as a leader and tutor with the Horsham City Pipe Band, and this included ongoing family involvement with both his children who have also spent many active years in pipe bands. Garry was always willing to share his enthusiasm for drumming, and throughout his life, made a significant contribution to not just the Horsham Pipe Band, but the wider pipe band community, encouraging involvement of young and old. For those who knew Garry, he was always willing to help.
In recognition of his lifelong contribution, Garry received the Peter Clohesy Award for services to highland drumming.
Garry was a stalwart in the Wimmera and will be sadly missed. Pipe Bands Victoria has conveyed its condolences to Garry’s family.

Jonathon Welch AM

Pipe Bands Victoria wishes to acknowledge the achievements of a former member, Jonathon Welch AM.

Jonathon has achieved much in music over a 40 years, and in 2008 was recognised as the “Local Hero” in the Australian of the Year Awards.

He has had a distinguished career as a professional musician, culminating in recent years as the founding Artistic Director of the “Choir of Hard Knocks”, a position he held for 12 years. After 40 years in the industry, including the award winning ABC television series “Choir of Hard Knocks”, Jonathon retired from that choir this month, expressing it to be a “refirement” not a “retirement” as he is proceeding to work nationally with various choirs and in various ways into the future.

The choir focused on raising awareness of the social issues of homelessness, depression and addition through the television documentary, and for many, demonstrated the power of singing as an avenue to renew confidence for many individuals.

Over his career, Jonathon achieved much for music, choirs and the underprivileged. He was for 10 years a drummer with the Moorabbin City Pipe Band, years of disciplined training and experience which helped inspire his life as a professional musician.

We wish Jonathon well in the future.

PBV June Meetings

The June meeting of State and Branch Council will be held at Altona RSL 31 Sargood Street, Altona on Sunday 23 June 2019 commencing at 1:00pm.

A College meeting will be conducted prior to the Council meetings commencing at 10:30am. Copies of the College agenda have been distributed to Vice Principals and Panel members.

Haileybury Solo Drumming Results

Congratulations to all winners and participants at the Haileybury solo drumming contest on 8 June. Full results can be found at our solo drumming site at

Albury Solo Drumming Contest Results

Congratulations to all winners and participants at the Albury solo drumming contest on 25 May. Full results can be found at our solo drumming site at

We also congratulate the winners of the Young Drummer of the Year.

Haileybury Solo Drumming Contest – date change

The Haileybury solo drumming contest has been brought forward by one day to Saturday 8 June 2019 and will commence at 12 noon. Further details for entries, registrations, and playing requirements can be found at our solo drumming site

Results of PBA Ballot of Bands

Please refer to the attached memo from Pipe Bands Australia summarising the outcomes of the recent “ballot of bands” for proposed changes to the Pipe Bands Australia contest rules.

Pipe Bands Victoria apologises for the delay in circulating this to bands, but an issue with the branch email software has hampered recent distributions to bands.