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July, 2015
The Pipeband Club’s final Australian performance before The Worlds

On Saturday 4th July, the band will attend Aberdeen Highland Games in the NSW Hunter Valley, as a final hit-out before departing for Scotland. The band will be performing between 3pm and 4pm on the grounds of Aberdeen Golf Club. This is a lovely community event that has been running for some years now, and never fails to draw decent crowds. For anyone wishing to come along and see the band in action, event details are here:

www.aberdeenhighlandgames.com

June, 2015
Alex Hunt announced as Leading Tenor

The band is pleased to announce the appointment of Alexandra Hunt as our leading tenor. Alex, who hails from Tamworth in northern NSW (now living in Sydney) is a tenor drummer of the highest calibre and has been a member of PBC for some time now. Her two brothers, Ben and Jamie, have recently become part of the squad for the band’s pipe corps, and are aspiring to play with us in Glasgow this August. We are excited to see her work with her colleagues to ready the middle section for the World Championships. Congratulations Alex!

Alex Hunt – PBC’s new Leading Tenor

Alexandra Hunt

June, 2015
Drum Sgt Scott Miller wins 2014 Most Valuable Player award

In a close poll, Scott Miller was the winner of the 2014 MVP, joining a prestigious list of former winners who have all been instrumental in the band’s success. Scott is a tireless worker for the band, and has made some incredible sacrifices in order to build what is one of the southern hemisphere’s premier drum corps. It is thus very pleasing to be able to announce this award and to formally thank Scott for everything he has and continues to do for the band. Congratulations!

Scott Miller runs the corps through its paces.

Scott Miller

June, 2015
PBC wins Queensland Pipe Band Championships

Featuring the largest band we’ve fielded since 2010, The Pipeband Club headed up to Ipswich in Queensland to once again compete against local rivals, St Andrews, as both bands prepare for the 2015 World Championships. Unlike at Maclean, however, we were able to produce much stronger performances and came away with straight 1s to take a comprehensive win.

PBC tunes up at the 2015 QLD Pipe Band Championship

QLD Champions

March, 2015
PBC Competes at 111th Maclean Highland Gathering

In pouring rain, the band travelled to the NSW far north coast in our first ever trip to one of Australia’s oldest pipe band contests, the Maclean Highland Gathering. This was our first competitive outing for 2015, and we were pitted against ‘local’ favourites, St Andrews Pipe Band of Brisbane.

We drew our #2 MSR for the first time, and the lack of confidence certainly showed. The band did not play to our usual standard and we were unsuccessful on the day, with St Andrews able to produce a better sound in testing conditions. Nonetheless, it was an enjoyable trip and an important step in the preparations for the major events of 2015. We were also able to debut several players which was pleasing. Congratulations are due to St Andrews and we look forward to a rematch in June!

December, 2015
PBC Bass Drummer Ken Maltman announces retirement

After a long association with the band in both the current iteration and previously under The Band Club banner, Mr Ken Maltman sadly announced his retirement from the playing ranks due to ongoing health concerns. Ken was brought back onto bass in 2010 when Angus Roberts took over leadership of the band, and has been an integral part of maintaining the top quality middle section the band has had since then. Ken was not only a majestic percussionist, but also a repository of knowledge and experience in all aspects of tuning drums. Whilst he will be sorely missed in the circle, the band is lucky to have Ken still assisting and mentoring our younger mid-section players.

Given the looming World Championships, the band has selected Bronwyn Martin (NSW Police Pipe Band) to replace Ken for the 2015 trip after which the band will seek a permanent member to take over the “big fiddle”.

Ken Maltman

November, 2014
2014 NSW Pipe Band Championship

On Sunday 2nd November, The Pipeband Club hosted the state championships for the first time. Held at Picken Oval in Croydon Park on a beautiful sunny day, the contest was a spectacular success with twelve bands in attendance and a strong turn-out of vendors and spectators.

Of particular popularity was the beer tent being in close proximity to the contest circle, the digital live-screen which featured band information as they performed, and the well-organised event management.

  • Juvenile Champions: The Scots College #1
  • Grade 4 Champions: Knox Grammar School #1
  • Grade 3 Champions: LCC Southern Cross
  • Grade 2 Champions: The Pipeband Club
  • Grade 1 Champions: *no entries*
  • Champion Drum Major: Doug Hall of Sydney Thistle

The band would not have been able to run the event without the support of Magpie Sports and we would like to publicly acknowledge their ongoing assistance.

November, 2014
PipeBand Club to host NSW Pipe Band Championship for 2014

The PipeBand Club is pleased to announce that it will be hosting the NSW Pipe Band Championships for 2014. The Contest will be held on Sunday 2nd November from 10:00am at the Picken Oval in Croydon Park NSW.

NSW Pipe Band Chamionship 2014

June, 2014
2014 Annual General Meeting finally takes place

Whilst the players had been enjoying a well-deserved break from practice since winning our grade at the nationals(!), the band's administrative machine has continued operations - he top priority was to hold this year's AGM. This took place on Thursday 12th June at the band's home in the Magpie Sports club, resulting in the following elections and re-elections:

President: Stephen Donnelley
Vice-President: Bryan Weir
Secretary: Susan Robinson
Treasurer: Espie Watt
Property Officer: Mitch Eaton
Committee Members: Brett Dyson, Bryce Corderoy, George Harper
Pipe Major: Angus Roberts
Drum Sgt: Scott Miller

And the following re-appointments:

Pipe Sgt: Paul Hughes
Drum Cpl: Keith Tombs
Pipe Cpl: Nicholas Robinson

The AGM was very well attended, and it was pleasing to see so many band members taking an interest in the administrative management of the band. The committee was expanded from 9 to 10, in anticipation of a higher workload for the 2014/2015 period. We have every confidence in their ability to steer and support the band to greater heights, and it is wonderful to have the dedication of these generous volunteers!

May, 2014
PBC takes a comprehensive victory in Grade 2 Australian Titles
Following months of hard work, a large PBC contigent of nearly 40 bandsfolk travelled down to Ballarat for the 2014 Australian Championships. The four day venture saw all forms of weather, making sound and instrument set-up an interesting challenge! Nonetheless, the band prepared according to plan, then executed two solid performances in order to take out the grade over St Andrews (QLD), Hawthorne (VIC) and City of Adelaide (SA).

In the MSR, the band achieved a perfect score of 1,1,1,1, and on the next day, 1,2,1,2! Needless to say, the band were ecstatic and celebrated in style well into the next day...

It was particularly pleasing that we were able to achieve this result without having to resort to importing foreign talent to fill the ranks, a prevalent feature of many bands in the upper grades.

This marked a maiden victory as Pipe Major in the Australian Championships for Angus Roberts, and a maiden Aussie title for many of our players on the day. Having been on the brink of collapse in 2010, the band has not only saved itself from fading into obscurity, but has established a claim as the leading Grade 2 band in the southern hemisphere - a band on the rise! This is a credit to all involved, not only on the day, but in the preceding years to get to this point. My gratitude goes to everyone who has made this possible.

As our player numbers continue to grow, and as our good results in Grade 2 continue to flow despite the absence of any bands to play against in NSW, the Pipe Band Club now looks towards playing a greater role in the local scene by hosting the NSW titles in 2014 at our home ground in Croydon Park. We are also nearing a decision-point on attending the World Championships in 2015. Exciting times ahead for this energetic and hopeful young pipeband!"

January, 2014
PBC Finds Form at Palmerston North Square Day
The Pipeband Club returned to Palmerston North in December to compete at Square Day, a contest with which the band has a significant history. Having struggled in 2011 to compete against the strong NZ Grade 1 scene, it was with high hopes we crossed the Tasman to redeem ourselves. Thanks to the accommodating contest organisers, it was arranged that whilst the PBC would compete alone in Grade 2, we were also to be measured against the Grade 1 competitors – comprising all the NZ Grade 1 bands!

The band began with its MSR, putting in a solid and composed performance of which we were quite happy. Against the Grade 1 bands (total field of 6 inclusive) we managed 5th and 6th in piping, 3rd in ensemble and 5th in drumming, leading to a 5th place overall! Overcoming City of Invercargill, a band which had recently won the NZ nationals in Grade 2 and were subsequently promoted, was a huge achievement for the PBC!

Our medley was also commendable, although perhaps not quite as tidy as the MSR. We again took a 5th and 6th in piping, but this time with a 5th in ensemble and a fantastic 3rd place in drumming! Needless to say, Scott and his corps were ecstatic with this result, as was the entire band.

On aggregate we took 5th place overall in Grade 1 – a fantastic achievement to knock over a top grade band. As a highlight for the band’s competitive activities since entering Grade 2, the tour group celebrated in style well into the evening!


(Overdue) MVP Announcements for 2011/2012
It is with great pleasure that we can belatedly announce Espie Watt as the Most Valuable Player of 2011 and Nick Robinson as the Most Valuable Player of the Development Band. Espie has been a long term member of the band and our esteemed treasurer, and his tireless devotion to the band is an inspiration to us all. Nick Robinson, who travelled with the band to Scotland in 2010 and played in his first Grade 1 contest at Bridge of Allen, subsequently took on the task of Pipe Major of the PBC Dev band. His efforts here were exceptional for a young man still fresh out of his school pipe band, and his MVP award is testament to this.

With relatively greater punctuality, we now also announce snare drummer and PBC icon James Walsh as the 2013 Most Valuable Player. James, affectionately known as “The Nut”, was something of a keystone during the challenging transitional period in late 2012. His devotion to training the drummers of the Dev band, and his admirable consistency in the No. 1 band saw James secure his MVP award by a clear margin. James is now one of the longest serving members of the band, having begun his time when we were still based out at St Marys. He is the popular larrikin and mad scientist that every band needs!

Congratulations to our MVP winners, who join a prestigious roster of former winners.

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    World Pipe Band Championship (Scotland)