Our Pipe Bands Australia chieftain Bob Semple, in his 100th year, passed away this morning in Melbourne after a short illness.

Bob will be remembered as a great Australia who unselfishly served his nation and the pipe band community with dignity and amazing commitment throughout his life.

For 75 years a member of the Hawthorn band, Bob was seven times Australia champion drum major and was Principal Drill and Dress for a decade from 1977.

A life member of Pipe Bands Australia and inaugural inductee into the Hall of Fame, Bob was appointed chieftain of Pipe Bands Australia in 1998. In this role, he provided wisdom and strength to movement and was constantly sought out by members of our movement who received his encouragement freely delivered with hope and optimism.

Bob was a veteran of World War Two and one of the few surviving Rats of Tobruk. He enlisted in the Victorian Scottish Regiment in 1936 and served throughout War War Two in the Middle East, New Guinea and Borneo, rising to the rank of sergeant.

Through the Rats of Tobruk Association, of which he was at the time of his passing the Victorian president, Bob devoted many hours to speaking with school groups and other organisations. When the association sold its Melbourne hall, the proceeds were donated to the Royal Children’s Hospital.

In 2017, Bob was guest speaker at the Australian War Memorial commemoration on ANZAC Day.

Bob was also a member of the Rats of Tobruk Memorial Pipes and Drums, formed in 1961 as a living tribute to the Rats. He performed as a piper with the Rats on several overseas tours including the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and the Middle East.

In additional to being an accomplished piper, Bob was also proficient on violin and took that instrument with him during World War Two.

The legacy and memory of Bob Semple will live through the performance of music and the coming together of people to share music and fellowship. As pipe bands we are, as Bob would always say, in the entertainment business.

Last September, Bob again attended the biennial conference of Pipe Bands Australia where he was applauded for amazing commitment to our movement.

Bob Semple lived respected. We celebrate the wonderful life of this great Australian and for being able to share time with him.

Bands are advised that the promoter, the Maryborough Highland Society, in consultation with Pipe Bands Australia, has decided to extend the closing date for registration for the 2020 Australian Pipe Band Championships. This decision was made due to the devastating fires that are currently sweeping our country and the realisation for many, there is greater priorities at this time. Our thoughts are with all affected during this time of national crisis.

 

Entries must be made online and the link to the entries page for the championships is https://www.australianpipebandchampionships.com.au/bands-entries

Additional updated information provided by the promoter regarding entries, prize money, sponsors, travel and accommodation can be found via the link to https://talkbox.impactapp.com.au/communications/view/Email/ewEifHmu8jYgmfLSR5o0YA==/l43W

Bands are reminded that entries for the 2020 Australian Pipe Band Championships which opened 1 January 2019 will close on 4 January 2020.

Entries must be made online and the link to the entries page for the championships is https://www.australianpipebandchampionships.com.au/bands-entries

The championships will be the second to be held at Maryborough and are promoted by the Maryborough Highland Society. The society also promotes the annual Maryborough Highland Gathering held on New Year’s Day.

We also take this opportunity to wish all our members a safe and happy new year.

Please find attached the master sheet for the band competition for the Daylesford Highland Gathering held Saturday 7 December 2019.

Please see attached the Mark 3 version of the contest draw for the Daylesford Highland Gathering to be held at Victoria Park, Daylesford on Saturday 7 December 2019. The Street March will commence in Vincent Street from 9:30am.

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. Massed band tunes are also listed in the appended notes.

The promoter has requested that all players be in highland dress and have their wristbands attached prior to entering the ground.

We look forward to seeing you all at Daylesford.

Pipe Bands Victoria has been notified by the Warrnambool Pipe Band that the South West Coast Pipe Drummer Dancer Workshops will again be held in Warrnambool in 2020. Please note change of date for 2020 from April with the workshops scheduled for 3-4 October 2020.

Further information will be provided as it is progressively released by the promoter.

If you have any enquiries, please contact the promoter directly via email at 

Please see attached the Mark 2 version of the contest draw for the Daylesford Highland Gathering to be held at Victoria Park, Daylesford on Saturday 7 December 2019. The Street March will commence in Vincent Street from 9:30am.

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. Massed band tunes are also listed in the appended notes.

The promoter has requested that all players be in highland dress and have their wristbands attached prior to entering the ground.

We look forward to seeing you all at Daylesford.

It is with sadness we have received news of the passing of David Brown.
David was an active drumming adjudicator for many years, and was a member of Hawthorn Pipe Band. All his family were involved with the St Andrew’s Ladies Pipe Band where David was also drumming tutor.
In more recent years, both David and his wife June were actively involved with the Wangaratta Pipe Band where they both enthusiastically tutored. David also assisted and tutored the then City of Shepparton Pipe Band for a period as well, now the Goulburn Valley Pipes & Drums.
At this time, the family has requested privacy for June and that she not be contacted just at the moment.
 
A celebration of Davids life will take place on Monday 25 November at 2:00pm at Altona RSL, Sargood Street, Altona.

At the Annual General Meeting of the VHPBA Inc. held on Saturday 16 November 2019, following the close of the election ballot for positions on the executive committee the following were declared elected:

President, Tim McLeod

Vice Presidents, Chris Earl & David Telford

Secretary, Tim Calderan

Assistant Secretary, Helen Dilks

Treasurer, Tim Bodey

Thanks were recorded for retiring members from the executive team, Anthony Sell OAM, Mick Ryan, and Ross Connolly. Upon being re-elected, the President acknowledged all candidates and congratulated all who were elected.

The next State Council meeting of the VHPBA will be on Sunday 15 December 2019 immediately after the PBV College Meeting and immediately prior to the PBV Branch Council meeting.

Contest Entries for the coming 2019-2020 contest season are now open. Entries close four weeks prior, and late entries close three weeks prior to each contest.

Please note that as approved by Branch Council, Pipe Bands Victoria has moved 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:

Daylesford https://www.trybooking.com/BFRKP

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

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

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

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

 

DM Solo https://www.trybooking.com/BFRMU

 

2020 Australian Pipe Band Championships

The link for band entries is https://www.australianpipebandchampionships.com.au/bands-entries