BBC Pipe Band on the World Stage

At Brisbane Boys’ College our spirit is our defining difference and our Pipe Band embodies it all. Our College may be located in Australia but our tartan speaks of our origin, the drum line our heartbeat, the bagpipes our voice.

BBC Pipes and Drums take over Brisbane airwaves

On Thursday 6 September BBC Pipe Major, Fearghas Russell and Drum Sergeant, Cameron Lawson were interviewed on ABC Brisbane radio where they shared memories of their recent Scotland Tour and Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo performances. Click here for the full interview.

Aussie teens wow with tear-jerking bagpipe rendition of ‘Waltzing Matilda’

World Pipe Band Championships

This weekend saw our boys travel to Glasgow to compete in the World Pipe Band Championships.

Members of our two bands continue to give their all in performances and recognise the privilege of competing in such prestigious events.

Our Novice A Band were awarded third place with our Novice B Band awarded 12th place on the world stage. This is an achievement that the boys and our entire College community can be truly proud of.

Thank you to all our parents, family and friends, some who have travelled over 16,000km to cheer on our boys.

Following the Championships our boys headed back to Edinburgh for their Royal Edinburgh Millitary Tattoo performances.

Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

The Tattoo runs from Friday 3 August to Saturday 25 August and will consist of 25 performances over a 21-day period, conducted in the evening (Monday to Saturday) with two performances conducted on Saturdays.

Click here to view our boys in the Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2018 - Massed Pipes and Drums - as they perform Scotland The Brave/The Black Bear (second row from right of screen).

Click here to view a special rendition of Waltzing Matilda performed by our boys at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

REMT story-teller, Alasdair Hutton spent his formative years in Australia, and in fact went to school in Brisbane! During the Tattoo he was able to spend some time with the boys from BBC and swap anecdotes. Click here to view image.

Click here for additional information on the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Drumming Results from Scotland

This week, many of our Pipers performed at Pipers Live before the entire student and staff cohort supported two of our drummers, Sebastian and Cameron, in a very popular Drumming event.

Seb won best bass drummer for his performance which was somewhat avant garde, inclusive of his composition of electronica and the MC congatulated BBC on the standard of our drumming program.

The group's excess baggage allowance will be tested with the bass drum prize and numerous trophies and awards collected on this tour. Congratulations boys.


Results from the North Berwick Highland Games

Once again our boys gave their all and produced a wonderful set of performances at the North Berwick Highland Games.

Novice A Band - First place in Novice Juvenile A
Novice B Band - Third place in Novice Juvenile B

Drum Major Competition
Izaak Dove - Second
Hamish Naylor - Third

Results from the Bridge of Allan Highland Games

Our boys enjoyed a successful day at the Bridge of Allan Highland Games, with both Bands playing well in their respective grades. After a gruelling week of Tattoo rehearsals and performances, we are extremely happy with the performances of both our bands.

Novice A Band awarded 2nd place (1st in drumming)

Novice B Band awarded 4th place

Drum Major, Hamish Naylor awarded 4th place in the Juvenile Drum Major competition.

Results from the Scottish Pipe Band Championships

A huge congratulations to our boys who competed in the Scottish Pipe Band Championships last week.

Our Novice B Band were awarded 5th place and our Novice A Band were awarded 4th.

It is an honour and true testament to the hard work of our musicians to have both our bands place in the top six, especially as our boys only stepped off the plane on Thursday and jumped straight into practice.

What a wonderful start to the Pipe Band Tour!

Scotland Bound 

The BBC Pipe Band is a prominent and impressive icon of the College. At every significant moment in the life of BBC, our pipers and drummers are there, reminding us of the brilliant cultural heritage of our great school.

On the eve of their departure we wish all members of the BBC Pipe Band Tour safe travels and happy memories as they take their invitation to perform at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and represent the College on the world stage. Click here to read more about the tour and their preparation


School pipers to play crowd of 217,000
Brendan O’Malley
Westside News
25 July2018 
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