Brisbane Boys College

The Brisbane Boys’ College Pipe Band was originally a Fife and Drum Band, formed as part of the Cadet Corps in 1939.  Pipes were introduced in 1940 when Lance-Corporal Robert Lawrie, a Piper, introduced his skill to the College community.  Dressed in kilts of the Red Cameron tartan, the Band performed predominantly accompanying the Cadet Corps, until 1945, after which date no band featured again in College life until a reformation in 1959.  Wearing Ancient Hunting Sinclair tartan kilts (1960 to 1977), the band once again added colour to College and community life with their high degree of ability and dedication to practice.

The current band tartan of Ancient Hunting MacLean, incorporating the College colours green, white and black was introduced in 1976 by a newly formed band committee.

The band is required to play at a variety of events throughout the College as well as representing Brisbane Boys’ College and providing a service to the wider community. Performances includes school assemblies, sporting events, church services, Grand Concert, Sounds of Scotland Concert, College Open Day, Competitions, Speech Night and many various community events as well as ANZAC Day parades and services.

In recent years there has been significant growth and interest in the Brisbane Boys’ College Pipe Band program with currently over 80 boys learning or playing in the band.  In 2013, the formation of our second level feeder band, the BBC Pipe Band Number 2 Band occurred, which was a fantastic step along on our development pathway. Such is the strength of interest in playing pipes and drums, that this year has seen the next level created, with the formation of our third-tier band.

In 2014 and 2016 the band travelled overseas to Scotland to compete at the European Pipe Band Championships in Forres gaining 6th place and 7th place in Novice Juvenile Grade respectively, which is a fantastic achievement. Also in 2016, our Number 1 Band was crowned Australian Champions for Grade 4, a proud moment in our Band’s history.

To be back in Scotland is always exciting, but we have been especially looking forward to 2018.  It is a special privilege for our boys, not only being in Scotland, but to be performing at the world famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, The Piping Live Festival as well as completing at the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow.  This is a lifelong dream of our members and we are thrilled to have this opportunity.

Over the years, every bandsman, whether a piper or a drummer, has been equally important to the development and continuity of Brisbane Boys’ College Pipe Band and again the band is very thankful to Robert Lawrie for his intuition to form the band.  We are sure he would be proud of our achievements and certainly proud of our participation at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

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