2019 Solo Drumming Season

Entries are now open for the Pipe Bands Victoria 2019 solo drumming season. All entries are to be submitted and paid online. For the contest dates, music requirements and entry links visit our solo drumming website solo drumming.info

Ballarat Contest Draw (Updated)

Please see attached the updated Mark II version of the contest draw for the Ballarat Highland Gathering on 24 February 2019.

This versions reflects some amendments to timings for Grade 3 and Novice A and also includes:

  • City of Melbourne No 2 in Grade 4 – original draw had time break but not the Melbourne line
  • Late entry from Watsonia RSL

Bands and Band Representatives are requested to note the sign in and performance times, and carefully read the appended notes relating to other contest matters, and the assembly of the Finale Massed Band. Massed band tunes are also listed in the appended notes.

Band Contest Entries 2018-2019 (Updated)

Contest Entries for the coming 2018-2019 contest season remain open for Bendigo, Geelong and Ringwood. Late entries for Ballarat are about to close.

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:

Ballarat https://www.trybooking.com/VMLF

Bendigo https://www.trybooking.com/VQZN

Geelong https://www.trybooking.com/VQZQ

Ringwood https://www.trybooking.com/VRAF


DM solo https://www.trybooking.com/VQZX

PBV February Meetings

The February meeting of State and Branch Council has been postponed. The next meetings are scheduled for Sunday 28 April 2019.

The venue and meeting time will be confirmed closer to the meeting date.

Australia Day Honours 2019

Pipe Bands Victoria is extremely pleased to congratulate Dr John Menzies OAM who has made a significant and life long contribution to the communities of south-west Victoria. He is also a member of the Robert Burns Festival organising committee, the Robert Burns Club of Campberdown and a long-time piper with Warrnambool and District Pipes and Drums. In years past, John and his wife Carolyn also organised the Wuurong Music Festival at his home just out of Camperdown. This cultural event also ran for many years.

An article about John appearing in the Warrnambool Standard can be viewed via the following link:


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).