KEEPING THE MUSIC GOING
Since the announcement last Friday that the 2020 Australian Pipe Band Championships were to be postponed due to the rapidly evolving coronavirus pandemic, the situation in Australia and around the world has continued to escalate and for us, cancellation of performances, events and competitions.
This ANZAC Day will be very different. Could I encourage all pipers to still put the pipes on the shoulder, no matter where you are on 25 April and at 11am play Amazing Grace – on the front porch, in the front yard or back yard even – to continue our annual tribute of thanks and respect for those who have served Australia in times of war and peace.
With new government directives on social distancing and advice they will be in place for at least six months, the 2020 Australian Pipe Band Championships have been officially postponed to April 2021.
An assessment of date options and consideration of government directives and advice in response to the coronavirus pandemic by Pipe Bands Australia, host branch Victoria and promoter Maryborough Highland Society concluded that proceeding with a deferred October date could not be guaranteed based on current government information and requirements for Australian people.
Pipe Bands Australia and its branches are constantly monitoring the evolving situation in relation to
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
As an organisation, Pipe Bands Australia is drawing directly on current advice and information
provided by Federal and State Government authorities including travel warnings and advisories
issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and updates by the Australian Chief Medical
PBA national fundraiser for bushfire recovery
Pipe Bands Australia has launched an initiative to raise funds for the national bushfire relief and recovery appeal established by the Bendigo Bank in partnership with the Salvation Army.