Extra Practice Session 22/11/15

An extra practice session for band members is scheduled for Sunday 22nd November from 10am to 2pm.  There is a rumour going around that some lunch may be provided too.

This extra practice session is mainly aimed at performers playing the at the Healesville St Andrews Dinner on 28th November and the focus will be on these tunes.  Having said this, all playing members are welcome to attend.

see you there.

Announcements for Band Practice Oct 7, 2015

Maroondah Festival

Interactive Grant approved: $500.

Performance details now known:

Performer/Organisation: Ringwood Highland Pipe Band
Space: Aurrum Stage
Performance Time: 12.50pm
Performance Duration: 20 minutes

  • Need to complete application with stage plot, requirements and performance brief (Pipe Major) by Fri 23rd.
  • (Person TBA) Need someone to attend meeting 5:30PM next Thursday 15-Oct. Location: Keystone Hall, Civic Square, Croydon
    • Extra car passes
    • Own Marquee
    • Larger (double space) requested

Remembrance Day (Ringwood RSL)

We are short on numbers for this play out.  Ian and Callum on Side Drums, Uwen on bass, Rhonda and Kylie on Tenor and three pipers.  Call for more players.

Pipe bands Vic Meetings next weekend

  • A.G.M.
  • Delegates meeting
  • Secretaries Meeting
    • PW: Can’t attend, have kids that weekend


Pipe Bands Australia Newsletter



Scots of Victoria AGM

Ian usually goes but can’t make it this year.  Peter can’t make it either. Cost is $25 (includes lunch). Someone from the band should attend.

Sunday 26th October 2015, 9:30am to 2:30pm

Register by Friday 16th.

Ian and I have the details.

Frankston Scottish afternoon tea

Sun Nov 15 1:30pm at Frankston RSL

$28 a head

bookings at Frankston RSL


Announcements for band practice April 15, 2015

Ringwood RSL ANZAC Service

  • This Sunday
  • Meet at the Target car park as always
  • 9:30AM
  • Confirm attendees

Mini-Band Wednesday next week

  • Ringwood Lake
  • Confirm attendees

ANZAC Day performances

  • Highland Cathedral has specific scores
  • On PBV website and received via email
  • March details received
  • Tune list
    • Waltzing Matilda (16 bars of music repeated)
    • Scotland the brave / Badge of Scotland
    • Highland Laddie / Barren Rocks
    • Bonnie Dundee / Hundred Pipers
    • Highland Cathedral

Scouts medallion

Catholic Regional College Sydenham
380 Sydenham Road
Sydenham VIC 3037

9 May arrive 9am (there until about 12PM)
We need Min 4 pipers , 1 Bass & tenor if available
and 2 Snare Drummers.

Piping Recital, Scotch College

  • Saturday 18th April
  • Graeme Bryce, Jamie Hawk
  • 7PM start
  • Auditorium of Scotch College, 1 Morrison Street
  • $10 entry fee per adult

Drum Major’s Workshop

  • 31 May 9am-5pm
  • GEELONG RSL 50 Barwon Heads Rd, Belmont
  • $25
  • Interest?

Berwick RSL – call for pipers ANZAC day

  • On ANZAC Day
  • Anyone?

Playout Inquiries – need to reply

  • Dandenong Scottish Heritage Day
    • 31 May 2015 @ 12PM
    • Greaves Reserve, Bannet Street
    • Mini-band (4 musicians)
    • Finish about 1PM
    • Performance about 30 minutes
  • Anniversary
    • 24 December 2015 @1PM
    • Bundoora
    • 30 mins

Drum tutoring – tenors

  • Possibility of engaging matty mann


  • Working?

Scottish Night

  • Locked in for 22-August 2015
  • Ringwood Bowls Club
  • Brochure being prepared by committee members

 New prospective members

  • Keyan on drums
  • Wayne Blair on pipes

Warrandyte Festival Cheque

  • Should come to Ian


Announcements for band practice March 11, 2015

Playouts this weekend

  • St Judes Church and school fete George Street Wantirna South.  This Saturday. Meet 12:30pm
  • ANZAC Commemoration rehearsal at the Shrine. This Sunday 10:30 to 11:45 at the Shrine (Meet at the Birdwood Avenue side)
  • Formula 1 Grand Prix – Ringwood’s involvement has been rejected this year by PBV.

Confirmed up and coming playouts

  • Warrandyte Festival 21 March.
  • Ringwood Highland Gathering 29-March.  Need to confirm numbers
  • ANZAC Day – TBA.  I have now submitted the paperwork (received only last week).

Warburton touch-light

  • Confirmed.  30-May.  March at 6:30pm and also solo piper a bit earlier for plaque unveiling (4:30pm)

Sir Rupert Hamer Award

  • Received notification too late. Won’t be able to nominate a member at this time.

Rats are interested in purchasing hair sporrans

  • Request from Mick ryan to the band

Anzac Parade with Ringwood brass

  • Progress?

Video footage of CFA lightworks show

  • Sally Gerdan email.  Any ideas?


Coming Events in Feb to May from PBV

Information on this page has been drawn from the Pipe Bands Victoria website.  A useful summary of their 2015 calendar can be found here.

8 Feb – State & Branch Council meeting

Councillors are reminded the next meeting of State & Branch Council is scheduled for this Sunday 8 February 2015 at 1:00pm. The meeting will be held downstairs at the Melbourne Pipe Band Hall in A’Beckett Street, Melbourne (opposite Flagstaff Gardens). The agenda and attachments will be circulated this week. All welcome.

14 Feb – Scots Day Out Bendigo

The Scots Day Out in Bendigo is a free community event in Rosalind Park, starting with a pipe band parade in View Street at 10am.  More information can be found here.

  • Scottish and Celtic Music
  • Dancing and singing
  • Pipes and drums
  • Scottish cuisine and drinks
  • Scottish storytelling
  • Learn to speak Gaelic
  • Clan tents
  • Scottish stalls
  • Traditional children’s games

22 Feb – Ballarat Highland Gathering

The Ballarat Highland Gathering will be held at Lake Wendouree on Wendouree Parade & Nursery Drive on the 22 Feb, 2015.

1 Mar – Geelong Highland Gathering for 2015

The 2015 the Geelong Highland Gathering will be at Deakin University Waurn Ponds Campus. The Campus is a wonderfully picturesque location with plenty of trees, parking as well as our usual enthralling attractions. It is also easily accessible for non-Geelong people as the campus is located right at the end of the Geelong by-pass.

As part of being at Deakin University, the Gathering will move away from its usual date to be on the first weekend in March. For 2015, this means the Sunday 1st March 2015.

Entry prices are: Adults: $15. Concession: $10. Children 5-16 years $8. Children under 5 free.  Family Ticket (2 adults, 2 children): $40.

For more information visit: http://www.geelonghighlandgathering.org.au.

15 Mar – Centenary of ANZAC Rehearsal

PBV bands have been requested by the Victorian Centenary of ANZAC Committee to provide a special tribute at Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance in 2015 that expands on the traditional massed band march-past that has been a feature for many years.

The Committee Chairman, the Hon Ted Baillieu, who is also our chieftain, has been working with PBV for almost 12 months on the concept and we are now inviting all bands in Victoria to be part of the presentation.

The day’s concept is:

  • Participation in the march along St Kilda Rd to the Shrine of Remembrance and all bands who have traditionally marched in the Melbourne parade are invited to again do so in this special year.
  • The massed band presentation will have a revised format in this special year with the entry to the forecourt, moving into a formation on the “transept cross” before reforming and retiring through the flagpoles. The music to be performed will be – Scotland the Brave (entry), Highland Cathedral (static) and Waltzing Matilda (retirement). It is requested that for the Centenary of ANZAC, all bands where possible include a drum major.

To achieve a professional presentation and performance music to a high standard, a special rehearsal will be held on Sunday 15 March in Melbourne (venue to be confirmed, likely to be the Shrine). Additionally, Highland Cathedral and Waltzing Matilda have been included in massed band repertoire for the competition season.

29 Mar – Ringwood Highland Gathering

The Ringwood Highland Gathering will be held at East Ringwood Reserve, East Ringwood.  For more information visit their website: http://www.ringwoodhighlandgames.org

5 Apr – Council Meeting

Location TBA.

10-12 Apr – South West Coast Piper Drummer Dance

SWCPDD is three days of piping, drumming and dancing, learning and fun with tuition from experienced international and national instructors with an emphasis on identifying key areas of
improvement and developing strategies to enhance performances. Topics may include basic and advanced exercises, practice techniques, music selection for solo and band performances, music theory, maintenance, tuning and preparation for competition. A Dress & Drill component is included in the program for Drum Majors and other interested persons.

For more information refer to these posts on the PBV website here for general details and here for details of the tutors.

31 May – Drum Major Workshop

A one-day course covering practical and theoretical preparation to proficiently perform the role and duties of drum major.  includes the Australian Pipe Band College Dress and Drill elementary examination, course information pack and refreshments.

Course fee $25.

More information here.