A very warm welcome
from all of us here at PIPEBANDS NSW
Whether you are young or old, novice or expert, bandsman or soloist, you will find plenty of interest here about the many services and activities on offer from PBNSW.
Your executive for 2016/17 is Steve Patterson (Secretary), Simon Hobson (Treasurer), Adam Wishart and Craig Mills (Vice Chairs) and myself (Chairman).
2016 draws to a close with another successful State Solo Championship at Scots College in November. It was very pleasing to be able to combine the prize giving with the presentation of Pipebands NSW College Certificates for courses we ran successfully throughout the year including a PBA Piping Adjudication Certificate to Paul Hughes.
The Combined Scottish Societies have found a new venue for their NSW State Solo Contest which will be held in Parramatta around July or August 2017. Record entry numbers are again anticipated so keep your eyes open for further details as they are announced !
A new workshop event is to be staged by PLC Croydon in April 2017. At this stage (Dec 16) it looks likely to run on a Saturday. Great to see the PLC reaching out and joining hands with NSW pipe band folk! Accent will be on advancing your musical knowledge and ability so that you can apply it in whatever setting most appeals to you- band or solo, social or contest. Similarly we hope to have published soon the 2017 dates and locations for Elementary and Intermediate certificate courses. Advanced Certificate training in Piping and Drumming will begin early 2017. We have a healthy list of interested candidates, but it's not too late to express your interest !
Remember – most workshops are aimed at improving your playing abilities!! How you choose to use your new found skills is entirely a matter for you!
Before I close I would like to stress the importance of reviewing your band’s insurances annually to ensure they continue to meet your requirements. Policy premiums negotiated on your behalf by Pipebands Australia can save your band as much as $1500 per annum in comparison with rates on offer out in the general market place. Contact RSM (Tom Richards 0438 880 410) and/or AON (Milinda Summers 4920 3724) for an up to date estimate.
It’s been a huge year for NSW what with our activities during Anzac week, workshops, training, plus solo and band contests including of course the big one - the biennial Aussie Championships in Sydney last October. I’m sure all of us in the NSW pipe band community will benefit from a very welcome change of pace, as we relax and enjoy the approaching festive season with friends and loved ones.
ATTENTION ALL NSW PIPERS AND DRUMMERS
PBNSW will be conducting a series of workshops in 2017 designed to help you improve your overall musicianship, and also prepare interested players for PBA Certificate Examinations.
Dates of these workshops will be published in 2017