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.c1547664536ivsdn1547664536abepi1547664536p@yra1547664536terce1547664536s1547664536 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.



The Battle’s Over

Pipe Bands Australia is participating in the international recognition and commemoration of the centenary of the Armistice of World War 1 on Sunday 11 November 2018 at 5.00pm.

Pipe Bands Victoria is encouraging all members to participate and engage in this international event. Apart from individual, band, or small group performances as registered with Pipe Bands Australia, additionally a massed band is proposed for the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne. This is open to bands or players not otherwise committed.

An indication of interest and availability is requested from those members and bands interested in participating at the Shrine, and is required no later than 30 August 2018. Please remit your availability to Vice Principal Dress & Drill, Chris Earl at ua.te1547664536n.dno1547664536pgib@1547664536msosu1547664536m1547664536

2018 Drum Major Practical Workshop & Junior Drum Major School

Please see attached information about our next upcoming training and practical workshop for Drum Majors on Saturday 13 October.

We are pleased to advise, that for the first time, Pipe Bands Victoria is offering a “Junior” Drum Major school. We invite all young and aspiring Drum Majors to come along to either begin or advance your journey, and become an active part of the next generation of leaders in our movement.

The attached form includes session details, and a registration section for participants.

Victorian Solo Drumming Championships 2018

Congratulations to all winners at today’s solo drumming championships at Scotch College. We thank all participants who helped make this a great day of drumming. Thank you also to our judges Dean Hall and Andrew Womersley and to Scotch College and their helpers for providing the venue and refreshments throughout the afternoon.
The results will be published on in the near future.


Contest Entries for the coming 2018-2019 contest season are now open.

As approved by Branch Council, Pipe Bands Victoria is moving to online entries. The electronic entry form is attached in PDF format. This can be completed, saved and returned via email, or alternatively, printed and returned via post. If you are unable to insert a photo of your band uniform on the Uniform Register page, please attach as a separate photo file with your form. If you have trouble opening the pdf form, right click with your mouse and download to your computer.

Payment MUST be made online via the Try Booking web portal. A small additional administration fee is applicable to each transaction. Below are links to contest entry pages for each band contest and the Drum Major Solo contests:







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Victorian Solo Drumming Championships Contest Draw

The Victorian Solo Drumming Championships will take place this coming Sunday 5 August at Scotch College, Morrison Street, Melbourne.
The contest draw has been published, and is attached below. A copy and further information can be viewed or downloaded from the solo drumming website at

There will be food and drinks available during the day, so come along and support Pipe Bands Victoria and our promoter, the Scotch College Pipes & Drums.

State & Branch Council Meeting, Sunday 5th August 2018

The August Council meetings of both the VHPBA and Pipe Bands Victoria will be held at the Scotch College, 1 Morrison Street, Hawthorn on Sunday 5th August, 2018.

All members are invited to attend. The meetings will commence at 1:00pm. A copy of the agenda is attached.

A full agenda with  relevant reports will be emailed to band secretaries and councillors, and is available to members from the Secretary upon request.

Please send apologies to the Secretary at moc.c1547664536ivsdn1547664536abepi1547664536p@yra1547664536terce1547664536s1547664536