On behalf of all Pipe Bands NSW members and bands I would like to extend to you a very warm welcome.
Young or old, novice or expert, bandsman or soloist, PBNSW offers you a range of services and activities to suit every possible interest! Most recently a very successful tuition weekend was arranged by PLC Sydney, in conjunction with the branch and The NSW Pipers Society, a great educational initiative and a fantastic solo competition. Our VP’s have further education initiatives for both metropolitan and regional NSW members and details of these are rolling out both here and on Facebook.. Be a better player ! Never stop learning!
Our 2017 band and solo contest calendar is looking pretty healthy and as at early April we are close to reaching agreement for a new and revitalised NSW State Championship event on the beautiful NSW Central Coast, scheduled for Sunday 5th November. Please save the date and keep an eye out for further announcements soonish, probably on Facebook.
Many of us have been greatly concerned about recent financial irregularities within the National Management Commitee. As you might expect, this has prompted a great deal of agonised soul searching. On the upside however, the organisation remains viable, an enhanced cloud based accounting system is already in place, a new Code of Conduct has already been adopted by Council, and a variety of other measures is in development. Together these improvements have had a transformative effect on transparency, accountability and compliance within Pipe Bands Australia. Very importantly, the financial support package negotiated in Victoria appears at this point unlikely to impose any significant financial burden on NSW members. Rest assured we are working overtime to ensure things remain that way!
A number of members attended the recent National AGM and Council meetings that were teleconferenced and we encourage you all to familiarise yourself with current tasks, projects, problems, and endeavours from the National arm of the association. Please ask your Band Secretary to keep you informed about upcoming meetings and USE your opportunity to participate!
It’s coming up for insurance renewal time, please ensure you review your band’s insurances 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.
In closing please join with me in wishing The Pipe Band Club and Governor Macquarie Pipe Band every success in this year’s Scotland campaigns. They have put thousands of hours into their preparation and we all want them to play well and prosper!
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