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December, 2013
Growing Numbers and a New Medley Ending as PBC Prepares for New Zealand
Improvements continued at Manlyís annual contest in September, at which PBC competed in an uncontested Grade 2. A couple of weeks later, despite some additional players in the ranks at Canberra, the altitude and conditions made for a challenging environment in which to find good tone. Nonetheless, the players held their composure and played tightly, thus completing the bandís first appearance at our nationís capital. Once again, this was an uncontested G2 contest.

Our new wooden MacCallum Chanters, kindly provided by our long-term sponsors MacCallum Bagpipes, were finally unveiled to the public and served the band well, providing a richness and clarity of tone that in combination with the Gannaway bags, has been missing from the PBC since inception.

Of note, Pipe Sgt Paul Hughes continued his excellent results and continued battle with top soloist Jason Craig, with an excellent outing that included many other PBC competitors in the Canberra Solo contest at the War Memorial. Paul continues to consolidate his reputation as one of Australiaís top players, and has become an integral member of the PBC. As an ex-member of Vale of Atholl and Lothian and Borders, not to mention his previous position as Pipe Major of WAPOL, Paulís expertise and enthusiasm has played no small part in the strong improvements shown by PBC in 2013.

The State Championships at Castle Hill presented the bandís last outing before heading across to Palmerston North. Again, the band showed ongoing improvement and secured yet another (uncontested) NSW State Champions title. With the only other Grade 2 band in NSW requesting to be regraded down, PBC remains the last bastion of upper echelon piping and drumming in an environment of long running NSW bands experiencing collapse, deterioration in quality and numbers, and general public interest in competitive pipe bands.

April, 2013
PBC Consolidates Form at Top of Grade 2
Following the official confirmation that PBC is now in Grade 2, the band took to the field at the annual Scots Bathurst contest, comprehensively defeating Liverpool Catholic Club with a pair of solid performances. With a notable improvement on the previous contest, the bandís leadership was satisfied with progress as PBC headed south for the Victorian Pipe Band Championships.

Against Ian Lyonsí large and well-regarded band from Morrabin as the main opposition, which included former members of the PBC, we knew we would need to play to our full potential to be in with a shot. Despite several mistakes, we managed to win the MSR, but narrowly lost the medley, and took 2nd place overall, with Hawthorne taking 3rd. Nonetheless, the improvement in sound and composure saw the band leave Melbourne on a high. Of note, Morrabin, who had been Grade 2 national champions, were subsequently promoted to Grade 1.


The PBC now looks towards the end of year contests: Manly Warringah (September), Canberra (October), the NSW State Champs (November) and Palmerston North Square Day, NZ (December).

March 2nd, 2013
PBC Returns to Circle at Southern Highlands Contest
In an important return to competition, The PBC fielded a solid band for the Highlands contest and acquitted itself well. This outing marked Scott Millerís debut as lead tip, and also the pipe corpsí first contest performance with the new Gannaway pipe bags. Furthermore, the NSWPBA used this performance to confirm their grading decision Ė which, as requested, sees the band return to Grade 2. Sadly, this leaves the NSW Grade 1 scene empty, however the bandís management felt compelled to allow the band a sensible rebuilding program without the rigours of the top grade.

The dozen pipers and ten or so drummers that represented the band delivered a more controlled performance than on previous occasions, and the new medley tunes were well received. The band now looks ahead to Bathurst, where they go head-to-head with LCC in the lead-up to the Victorian Championships

February 23rd, 2013
2nd Annual PBC Trivia Night a Great Success!
Once again, The PBC Trivia Night was held in the Bryan Weir Room at Mosman Rowing Club. Under the guidance of MC Brett Dyson, an enjoyable evening was had by all. Highlights included an excellent solo by young piper Fergus Barry-Corderoy as part of the bandís performance on the evening. The trivia was won by a dubious team of drummers with an excellent knowledge of movies, and Espie Watt won the auction for the cricket bat signed by Sir Don (generously donated by Kelly Crawford)! A huge thanks to Sue Robinson and her set-up team, and to all the committee members and band members who helped make the night a success. The band raised around $4000 from the evening which will go towards the purchase of new equipment later in the year.

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