Pipe Bands Victoria has commenced preparations to organise a Youth Band for the benefit of younger members and to promote bands. Expressions of interest have been called for key personnel, and further planning is progressing.

For further information, please visit the youth band page.

Pipe Bands Victoria is delighted to announce that The Hon. Ted Baillieu MLA, Premier of Victoria and Minister for the Arts has accepted the position of Chieftain of both the VHPBA Inc. and APBA Inc. Victoria Branch. It is hoped to be able to conduct a presentation at a suitable occasion in the near future.

Premier Baillieu is only the second appointment as Chieftain, the first being Sir Rupert Hamer. The position has remained vacant since the death of Sir Rupert in 2004.

The 2012 Peter Clohesy Shield for acknowledgement of outstanding services to pipe band drumming was awarded to Ian Bouch at the Daylesford Highland Gathering.

Unfortunately, the finale was rained out, but the presentation was made in the pavilion in front of an enthusiastic crowd. Congratulations Ian.

It has come to the attention of Pipe Bands Victoria that an overseas website has incorrectly reported on a Notice of No Confidence in the administrative direction of the APBA proposed by Pipe Bands Victoria. The aforementioned website has alleged mismanagement of aspects of the duties associated with the Principal of Piping, Brett Tidswell. Pipe Bands Victoria advises that at no time has it alleged any mismanagement by Mr Tidswell.

Pipe Bands Victoria provided a massed band for the Prime Minister’s Olympic Dinner at the Melbourne Convention Centre on Saturday 23 June. Musicians from all over Victoria participated, and helped raise the profile of pipe bands as well as farewell our Olympians. A big well done to all who participated. A few issues arose due to the size of the venue, but the promoter was extremely pleased.

Nick McLeod and Dougal McConnell received their Advanced Drumming Certificates from the Australian Pipe Band College at the June Branch Council meeting. The certificates were presented by Branch Chairman Tim McLeod, and Vice Principal of Drumming, Rob Bennett commended Nick and Dougal on attaining their certificates.

Ross Batest presented with the award by Sue McLeod
Congratulations to Ross Bates, Pipe Major of the Williamstown RSL Pipe Band and winner of the Sir Rupert Hamer Award announced at the Ringwood Highland Gathering. Ross has contributed to many bands as a tutor, and was a former player with the Victoria Police Pipe Band. Ross pictured right with Sue MacLeod presenting the award, has dedicated himself to improving pipe bands over many years, and we congratulate him on winning this prestigious award.

At Haileybury on Sunday 25 March, the Victorian Pipe Band Championships were hotly contested. Congratulations to Moorabin City Pipe Band, Williamstown RSL Pipe Band, University of Ballarate Pipe Band No. 2 and Haileybury Pipes & Drums who were successful in their respective grades. Full results can be downloaded from the results page.

Congratulations to Moorabbin City Pipe Band who won the Grade 2 title at the New Zealand National Pipe Band Championships at Tauranga.

The APBA Summer School concluded on Friday 20 January after a week of fun learning & quality instruction. Key tutors were PM Brett Tidswell, Jack Lee, PM Donald Blair, Reid Maxwell, Scott Nicholson, Tam McGirr, Dean Hall, Rob Bennett & Greg Bassani. The piping & drumming recital took place at Latrobe University on Thursday 21 January. Congratulations for a job well done by the APBA Inc.