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Queensland Pipe Band Championships 2017 - Grade 3 and 4 Results
Pipe Bands Australia Queensland unreservedly apologises to the bands affected by the changes to results at the Queensland Championships on Saturday 10 June. Two unfortunate errors led to:
1. the erroneous recording of results in the Master Sheet; and
2. then subsequent announcements of those erroneous results.
The bands affected were Greater Springfield, Emmanuel College Highlanders, BBC Old Collegians and Brisbane Boys College No 1
Given that there has also been some social media commentary around the issue, I thought it would be useful that I clarify that the changes of the master sheet occurred solely because of a recording error. Contrary to some conjecture, at no point were any changes made to judging sheets or rankings after they were submitted.
PBAQ is reviewing the variety of factors which contributed to the error and we will expand on the these at the next Council meeting on 18 July 2017. I would encourage all Bands to send representatives to raise any concerns you have fully.
NOTE: Full results of the contest can be found at this link.
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Revised date for 2018 Australian championships
The 2018 Australian Pipe Band Championships will be held
at Brisbane Boys’ College, Toowong on
Saturday 7 April
following a review of planning for the nation’s premier event by host branch Queensland and consultation with Pipe Bands Australia national management committee.
The championships were originally planned for the Gold Coast in September 2018. However, the branch had met challenges in securing a suitable venue to showcase performances by an estimated 40 bands from across Australia.
Queensland branch chairman Andrew Roach said the partnership with Brisbane Boys’ College would provide capital city exposure for pipe bands.
“The new venue will also bring the experience of both the branch and BBC in presenting successful contests to the organisation of the 2018 Australian championships,” he said.
“The new date provides an opportunity for bands to attend the Maclean Highland Gathering, one of Australia’s oldest Scottish events, the previous Easter weekend as a build-up to the national championships.
“We will shortly announce details of special price accommodation options in Brisbane for the championships that will fall during the Commonwealth Games being held further south on the Gold Coast.”
PBA president Chris Earl welcomed the partnership between the Queensland branch and BBC.
“The BBC venue reminds us of the wonderful work now being done in so many schools to engage new generations in piping and drumming,” he said.
“At our last championships in 2016, a real highlight was the larger number of youngsters in bands contesting the juvenile title and the amazing quality of performances they put in at the event.
“We have no doubt that the energy and enthusiasm of young players at our 2018 championships will further strengthen the ongoing dedication of all players in all our bands as we celebrate people, music and performance.”
Pipe Bands Australia will again assist the host promoters with support for livestreaming of the championships, banners for the champion band in each grade and medallions for their players.
Further announcements will be made on the championship website www.tartanspectacular.com.au and the
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Solo Grades for 2017 have been updated following feedback on the list published earlier.
Click on THIS LINK to see the amended list.
Gradings that have changed are indicated by asterisks.
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