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2018 Great Ryrie Primary School Fete

Great Ryrie 2018 Fete Flyer

A number of pipers and drummers from the Ringwood Highland Pipe Band will be entertaining the public this coming Saturday at the Great Ryrie Primary School Fete.  if you are in the area, come along and enjoy some traditional Scottish highland pipe band tunes.

Date: 10 Nov 2018 (Sat) Start Play: 1:00 pm
Band Arrival Time: 12:15 -12:30 pm
Estimate Finish: 1:20 pm
Band Meeting Point: Small Oval south of the school
Transport: Own
Band Size: Mini-Band
Status: Confirmed
Venue: Great Ryrie Primary School
51A Great Ryrie St, Heathmond
Website: Link
On street.
Some parking near school may be available.

Please see below a map of the location.  We will meet on the oval south of the school between 12:15 pm and 12:30 pm.


Performers confirmed as playing:

  • Luke
  • Jenny B
  • Don
  • Iain C
  • Anthony D
  • Scott
  • Damien
  • Dave
  • Mick
  • Walter
  • Ian S
  • John
  • Pam
  • Angus
  • Rhonda (Tenor Drum)
  • Peter (Bass)
  • Brynn (Side)

Thanks to all band members participating.

2018 Ainslie Parklands Primary School Fair

A number of pipers and drummers from the Ringwood Highland Pipe Band will be entertaining the public this coming Saturday at the Ainslie Parklands Primary School Fair.  if you are in the area, come along and enjoy some traditional Scottish highland pipe band tunes.

Date: 27 Oct 2018 (Sat) Start Play: 12:00 pm
Band Arrival Time: 11:15 -11:30 am
Estimate Finish: 12:20 pm
Band Meeting Point: Small School Oval
Transport: Own
Band Size: Mini-Band
Status: Confirmed
Venue: Ainslie Parklands Primary School
Hinkley Avenue, Croydon
Website: Link
On street.
Try to park on Eden St

Please see below a map of the location.  We will meet on the school oval between 11:15 am and 11:30 am.  This is a smaller oval alongside the school, not the larger Ainslie park oval.

Performers confirmed as playing:

  • Luke
  • Don
  • Anthony D.
  • Dave
  • Mick
  • John
  • Pam
  • Ian S (Side Drum)
  • Peter (Bass)

Thanks to all band members participating.

2018 Notice of Annual General Meeting

Dear Band Members,

The Annual General Meeting will take place at Croydon Primary School, Crn. Kent Ave. & Croydon Rd. , Croydon 3136 on Wednesday the 15th, July 2018 commencing at 8.30pm.

The purpose of the meeting is to receive the Annual Reports and to elect the Committee for the ensuing Year 2018/2019.

Only fully financial members are eligible to vote. Junior Members under the age of 16 years cannot vote. Junior Members under the age of 18 years cannot hold a position on the Committee.

The Committee is to be comprised of :-

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Administrative Officer
  • Quarter Master
  • Pipe Bands Victoria Councillor’s (1 & 2)
  • Ordinary Members:

Note:- the number of ordinary members as decided by resolution of a general meeting of the band.

Ex-officio Committee members :-

  • Pipe Major
  • Drum Major
  • Drum Sergeant

All current Committee positions will be declared vacant and the above positions be filled from the successful nominations.

If more than one person is nominated for a position, then a secret ballot will be conducted to resolve the successful candidate.


Each Financial Band Member is entitled to one personal vote or one vote by proxy submitted prior to the AGM.

*** Note:- Learners Practice will be conducted from 7.00pm. to 8.00pm.***

Ian K. Stewart,       21/07/2018

Secretary/ Treasurer   –   Ringwood Highland Pipe Band (Inc.)


Please find at the following links:

2018 July Committee Meeting date Moved

A quick note for committee members.  During our last meeting we scheduled our next meeting at the Ringwood RSL to be on the Tuesday the 10th July.  The meeting room at the RSL is no longer available so the meeting has been put back 1 week.

The committee meeting is now scheduled for Tuesday 17 July 2018 at 7:30 PM.



2019 Maryborough Highland Gathering

Maryborough Highland Society Logo

The band has been invited to participate in the Maryborough Highland Gathering on Tuesday January 1st 2019.

The day commences with a street march at 11 a.m. with formation at the city square (post office) at 10:45am. The march finishes at Princes Park where lunch and drinks are provided.  We will then get a 10-15 minute window of time to perform on the main oval.  There will be free play areas elsewhere around the ground.  At 4pm there is then a massed band display.

For more information:

Entry is free for band members in uniform and there will be small number of complimentary passes available for family and friends.

This is a paid performance so it is a good opportunity to raise some money as well as have a great time performing with the band.

Members please pencil this date into your diaries and we will soon be asking around to get numbers of those that can attend.


IMPORTANT – Band Practice Venue Change # 2

This post contains important information for all band members.

The East Ringwood Hall was a lovely Venue but it was a little too small for us and it meant with 15 -20 pipers it was extremely loud inside!

The committee has secured a new practice location from 8-Aug-2018 until further notice.

The new venue is:



CROYDON 3136 Mel.Ref. Map 50 J 3

Enter Car-Park via Croydon Rd.(50 metres up on left from the intersection)
Croydon Railway Station is a only short walk away).

Building is:- ” BER” just up the slope from the Car – Park.

Practice times remain unchanged.

We are very sorry for the inconvenience this move is causing but hopefully we will all settle into our new facilities over the coming weeks and we can focus on our music again!


2018 ANZAC Day March

ANZAC day 2016

The Ringwood Highland Pipe Band is honoured to again be performing during the RSL ANZAC day Commemoration March from the Melbourne CBD to the Shrine of Remembrance on Wednesday 25th April 2018.  Please join us for this solemn yet enjoyable event.

We are scheduled to step off from the corner of Flinders St and Swanston Street at 10:35 am.

Information for band members

Mini-bus transport

We will be running a mini-bus from the band hall into the city for the march this year.  If you are interested in getting a lift on the bus please let John Wicks and Peter Watson know.  Their email addresses and phone numbers will be emailed to you all separately.

The bus will depart the band hall at 09:00 am sharp

We expect the bus to arrive back at the Ringwood RSL at approximately 3:00 pm.  Please understand that this is a rough guide to timing as thing can change during this hectic day.  If you must be somewhere else by a set time you may want to make your own arrangements.  If you need to arrange to be picked up a call when we leave to return to Ringwood would be prudent.

Arrival Time in the city

Band members traveling to the city themselves lease be ready with your pipes and drums to tune up no later than 10:00 am. Please allow extra time to find a parking space and to walk to our marshaling point when planning your trip into the city.


At this stage, please bring your jackets – the long range forecast is for warm weather… but this is Melbourne.  We will confirm this detail closer to the day.


  • Meet at 09:00 am in the Ringwood PB hall (if taking the bus)
  • Meet at Marshalling area no later than. 10:00 am
  • Step-off time is 10:35 am
  • March completion atapprox 11:00 am
  • Refreshments are served at the shrine (water, coffee, tea).
  • We will then meet up and travel or other engagements in the city area.
  • Travel back to Ringwood band hall from approx 02:30 pm
  • Arrive at the band hall at approx 3:00pm
  • Take own transport to the Ringwood RSL
  • Perform at the Ringwood RSL from approx 3:15 pm  for 15-20 minutes

City meeting point



2018 Ringwood RSL ANZAC Commemoration

Ringwood Clock Tower

The Ringwood Highland Pipe Band is honoured to again be performing during the annual Ringwood RSL ANZAC Commemoration ceremony on Sunday 22nd April 2018.  As per previous years the band will meet at Ringwood Square at 0900 to march to the Clock Tower where the commemoration ceremony will be held.  Please join us for this solemn ceremony.

Arrival Time

Band members please be ready with your pipes and drums to tune up at 09:00 am.


Please bring your jackets – if its warm there will be cars in the car park where we can leave them if need be.  Better to have them with us.


There is ample parking in Ringwood Square (corner of Maroondah Hwy and New Street Ringwood).

Some band members will be parking their cars in the Ringwood Railway Station car park just opposite the Ringwood RSL.  I will be running a pseudo shuttle service for pipers and drummers, so if you’d like your car to be at the end of the march please look out for me to give you a lift.  Also, if you do take up this offer, please look out for band members that may need to walk back to the march start and offer to give them a lift to their cars.


  • Meet at 09:00 am in the Ringwood square car park
  • Form up on Seymour Street approx. 09:45 am
  • Step-off time is 10:00 am
  • Commemoration and wreath laying at the clock tower from 10:30 am
  • Reform at 11:00 am and march to the RSL where refreshments are provided.

More information is available from the Ringwood RSL website.

Meeting Point


Route Map Key (click on the map for a larger view):

  • Orange star = meeting point
  • Red line = main march route
  • Blue Square = Clock tower – location of service
  • Green line = reform and march to the RSL
  • Maroon star = finishing location
  • P in a circle = parking locations at the start and end of the march












Hope to see you there!

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2018 Rotary Maroondah Schools ANZAC Service

The Ringwood Highland Pipe Band will be performing during the Rotary Maroondah Schools ANZAC Service on Wednesday 18th April at Ringwood Lake.

More information can be found here:

Some key details follow.  If you want to know a little more about this one please contact Ian Stewart or John Wicks.

DATE Wednesday 18th April 2018
START 1:00pm
FINISH 2:10pm
PLACE Ringwood lake, Ringwood
MEET Meet 12:15 pm to tune up
TRANSPORT Members make their own way to the band hall and walk to Ringwood Lake.  Alternatively there is car parking “in” the park area behind Castello’s Daisey’s Hotel.
AFTERWARDS Sausage Sizzle for those interested

2018 Warrandyte Festival – CANCELLED


Update 15 March 2018 Due to extreme fire risk all activities on Saturday 17th March, including the parade, have been cancelled.

The Warrandyte Festival is an annual celebration of community, participation and friendship that is held on the banks of the Yarra in March. A major part of the festival is the street parade held on Saturday morning where performers and members of the community travel along Yarra Street from central Warrandyte down to Stiggant’s Reserve. The Ringwood Highland Pipe Band is pleased to be a regular participant in the Warrandyte festival and we will again be participating in 2018.

Band Members; its a good idea to work together to have some cars up the top of the walk (where we start) and some parked down at Stiggant’s reserve so we can then ferry people to their cars prior to and at the end of the march as it is a bit of a walk otherwise 🙂  I will be parking down near Stiggant’s Reserve so if anyone needs a lift back up to the start after the March let me know!

Date: 17 March 2016 Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm
Band Arrival Time 9:30 am Band Transport Own
Venue 207 Yarra Street
Warrandyte, Victoria 3113 Australia