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.