News 2012

October 6th, 2012
Review of Band Operations Prompts Overhaul – Scott Miller to be New Leading Drummer
The PBC has undergone a review of operations and is pleased to announce some major changes:
• The Development band will suspend operations, with most existing players to move into the No. 1 band.
• The No. 1 band will apply to be downgraded to Grade 2 to undergo a thorough recruitment and rebuilding drive. We will continue, however, to “play up” in Grade 1 where allowed.
• Dean Hall has stepped down as Leading Drummer and has been replaced by PBC drummer Scott Miller. Scott brings a wealth of experience and is known and respected by the band, having come from the ranks.
• The repertoire will be overhauled to implement some improvements to the medley in particular.
• Pipe Major Paul Hughes has joined the band, having returned to Sydney to take on the Head Tutor role at The Scots College. Despite Paul’s ongoing commitments to Manawatu Scottish, he has had an immediate impact on the pipe corps, and his experience with Gannaway bags will be instrumental to the transition away from our current synthetic bags.
• The band will resume competitions from February 2013, including Moss Vale, Bathurst and The Victorian Championships in Melbourne.

April 17th, 2012
PBC Struggles at Australian Championship
With an understrength and inexperienced band, The PBC sought to win a third consecutive championship in Grade 1. Alas, it was not to be, with a strong WAPOL band led by ex-member Paul Hughes taking the title. Nevertheless, the team had worked hard and are to commended on their efforts.

February 28th, 2012
Inaugural PBC Trivia Night is a great success!
A beautiful Friday night saw the Mosman Rowing Club host the PBC fundraising Trivia Night, attended by around 150 guests. Quizmaster Andrew Blow did a quality job running the festivities and an enjoyable night was had by all. Through the Trivia Night and some associated donations, the band managed to raise it's goal of $6000 to secure the ownership of our current set of drums. A big thanks to all those who worked in preparation for the function, to our President Bryan Weir for arranging the use of an excellent venue, and to the band members who performed on the evening and assisted throughout.