The Pipes and Drums
Scotch College Melbourne - A History

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In October, 2007 the Pipes & Drums launched a book on the history of the Band since its inception in 1946. The Book titled "The Pipes & Drums of Scotch College Melbourne: A History" was written by Mr Stephen Mathews and Dr David Kemp and is available from the School Accounts Office. The book is a must for any student, or family considering being part of the Pipes & Drums and in general is a very worthwhile addition to any home library.

Look inside the book.

Currently all orders will be processed through Scotch College Accounts Office. Payment options include Cheques, Visa and Mastercard. Postage and handling costs will be calculated on each order and advised prior to the orders completion.

Please feel free to contact the Auxiliary or the School to place an order.


Stephen Matthews

Stephen Matthews

Stephen was destined to have some involvement with pipe bands, having a long Scottish heritage through his mother, including a Black Watch piper during the Crimean War. He learned drums at Haileybury College from the age of 12, and then continued as a drummer in the Army Reserved. He began teaching drumming at Scotch whilst still undergoing his teacher training, which included major studies in history - for which the basis of this work was written. He still plays with the University of Ballarat Pipe Band, as well as adjudicating at contests. He has written over ten books across a variety of topics, continues as a teacher at Ballarat Grammar, and lives in Buninyong with his wife and three daughters (hopefully all future drummers... or perhaps pipers)

David Kemp

David Kemp

David has one son (a piper) in the Pipes and Drums and another (a drummer) who is now in the Old Scotch Collegians pipe band. The family's Scottish ancestors include McLeods, Campbells, Macarthurs, Turnbulls, Macintoshs, Wilsons and, of course, Kemps (from Penicuicks). As a student he was co-editor of the Scotch Collegian, a cadet under-officer, and dux (aeq) of the school. He went on to be a Professor of Politics at Monash University and Federal Cabinet Minister. He is a member of the School Council and the Melbourne Scots. He enjoys writing history as a hobby, and hopes his sons (and others) will enjoy the book