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Pipes and Drum Band


Overview

The Pipes and Drums of Scotch College, Melbourne have become one of the icons of the school, beloved of whole Scotch Family. The band is one of the most readily recognisable symbols of Scotch College, both among present and former Scotch Collegians and parents, as well as in the wider Victorian community. Established in 1946, the band's history over the last sixty years has been a colourful part of the school's development, and of its contribution to maintaining awareness of the Scottish contribution to our culture.

The Scotch College Pipes and Drums was formed as a part of the school cadet corps in 1946 under the direction of Danny MacPherson, a seventy-five year old ex-Pipe Major of the 1st Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders. Danny continued teaching the pipers until the end of 1957 and was followed by other outstanding teachers including Bill Brown, Ross Campbell and the current Teacher-in-charge Mark Saul. Mark is assisted by Scott Birrell teaching drums, Kyle Warren teaching bagpipes and several part-time teachers.

The band has its share of competitive success over the years and is the current Victorian and Australian champions in the Juvenile and Grade 3 divisions. In 2014 the band travelled to Scotland to compete in the World Championships where they achieved third place, the highest ever placing for any Australian school band. This speaks well for the consistency of the high standards set by generations of Scotch College pipers and drummers.

The Pipe Band is available for hire for any occasion dressed in full uniform. In addition to full band performances, the band is also able to provide smaller bands and solo pipers and drummers to suit your specific requirements. All enquiries to the Teacher-in-charge