Please refer attached memo for members regarding nominations received for the Annual General Meetings.

Pipe Bands Victoria has been invited by the Shrine of Remembrance to provide a massed band for the Flag Lowering Ceremony at the Shrine on 11 November at 5pm, the final act of commemoration on Remembrance Day.

The requirements would be:

• Arrival at 4pm for briefing and preparation 

• Music: The Battle’s O’er and Waltzing Matilda

• Finish 5.15pm

Bands and individual players are requested to register their interest through the secretary by email no later than 27 October.

A practical training workshop for Drum Majors will be conducted on Sunday 3 November in Melbourne.

Please refer to the attached registration form. Cost is $40 per person, and payment is via Try Booking link https://www.trybooking.com/BFPQO and registered participants are requested to complete and return the registration form to Vice Principal Dress & Drill, Chris Earl.

Please see attached the contest draw and relevant information for the upcoming Victorian Mini Band Championships on 12 October at St Arnaud.

Entries are still open for the St Arnaud solo drumming contest but will close this Friday 4 October . All entries are to be submitted and paid online.

The link for solo drumming entries is https://www.trybooking.com/BEBJY

Music requirements can be found at our solo drumming website solodrumming.info or as per the attached list of playing requirements.

Entries to the band contest have closed, and the contest draw for the Mini Band Championships will be published shortly after circulation to the participating bands.

Congratulations to Karen Wallace and Mick Ryan on completing their Advanced Certificate in Rules & Administration and being accepted in to the Australian Pipe Band College.

Pictured are Karen and Mick with Ross Connolly (centre), Vice Principal of Rules & Administration presenting their certificates during the recent Branch Council meeting. Well done Karen and Mick, and we look forward to your assistance during the coming contest season.

Pipe Bands Australia has today published the updated Contest Regulations 2019.

A copy of the Contest Regulations can be downloaded from the Pipe Bands Australia website http://www.pipebandsaustralia.com.au/rules-handbooks

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) as well as a solo drumming contest to replace the cancelled PLC contest.

The link for solo drumming entries is https://www.trybooking.com/BEBJY

Playing requirements can be found at solodrumming.info or as per the attached list of playing requirements.

Congratulations to Inverary & District Pipe Band, 2019 World Champions.

Pipe Bands Victoria congratulates Hawthorn Pipe Band on their solid qualifying performance in their very first venture to Scotland, but whilst the band played very well, in an extremely strong field, the band unfortunately didn’t make the final.

Pipe Bands Victoria also congratulates The Pipe Band Club from Sydney placing third in Grade 2.

The 2019 Australian Solo Drumming Championships will be held in conjunction with the ACT Solo Piping & Drumming Championships on Sunday 13 October in Canberra.

Entry forms for band events on the Saturday, and solo events on the Sunday are attached.