ANZAC Day Dawn Service - 2019 Queenscliff Dawn Service & Street March

24 Apr 2017

New Years Day - 2019 Highland Gathering

Pipe Major Craig Spriggins take a ride on the fire truck. Thats one way to do the march a second time

31 Dec 2016

New Years Day - 2019 Highland Gathering

It was great for the band to perform as a stand alone act. New Years Day, Highland Gathering in Maryborough was a great street march. Thanks to everyone who came along.

31 Dec 2018

New Years Day - 2017 Highland Gathering

A great day was had by all at the New Years Day, Highland Gathering in Maryborough. Thanks to all the guys from the Newtown Pipe Band who came along and marched with us under the Original band name Common Na Feinne

31 Dec 2016

Pipe Band Break Up

Members of Newtown Pipe Band and Geelong Highland Pipe Band are invited to attend the Common Na Feine, for Xmas Breakup.

Belmont - Sunday Market

The band will be busking at the Sunday market as it prepares for the New Years Day street march and oval performance at the Maryborough Highland Gathering. Come and see the band perform and drop a gold coin in the hat.

The band will be playing two half an hour sets from 10:00am to 10:30am, then 11:30 to 12:00 noon.

The band will be busking so your donations would be greatly appreciated to help maintain the uniform and equipment the band requires.

Gala Day Street Parade

The Gala Parade will be a visual spectacular, creating a fun and enchanting atmosphere igniting children’s imaginations with glittering lights, LED parade floats and performers - all themed around the centenary of the Parade.

Scots to do battle at Bannockburn again!

The Battle of Bannockburn Timeline Festival will now be an annual event. The next one will be on the weekend of 29-30 October 2016. Head along to www.timeline.org.au for further details.

Battle Of Bannockburn

Held at Bannockburn Golf Club Annually, the event includes bands, reinacment groups and displays,

Scots to do battle at Bannockburn again!

The Battle of Bannockburn Timeline Festival will now be an annual event. The next one will be on the weekend of 29-30 October 2016. Head along to www.timeline.org.au for further details.

ANZAC DAY - Dawn Service

The Queenscliff Dawn Service begins at approximately 5:45 am, In the carpark near the white lighthouse.

24 Apr 2016

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ANZAC Day Parade - Queenscliff / Point Lonsdale

Come and see the band lead the parade from the Main Street at Point Lonsdale, upto the cenotaph and back again. Step off approximaely 8:45 am

24 Apr 2016

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New Years Day - Maryborough

A great day was had by all at the New Years Day, Highland Gathering in Maryborough. Thanks to all the guys from the Newtown Pipe Band who came along and marched with us under the Original band name Common Na Feinne

31 Dec 2015

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Band Still Piping Hot

The Geelong Highland Pipe Band will celebrate it's 80th anniversary on Sunday at the Commo Hotel

18 Jul 2015

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Learn To Play In The Band

FRIENDLY MEMBERS, HIGH QUALITY TUITION.

We offer a positive learning environment and a high standard of tuition in both piping and drumming - ideal for beginners and also those looking to improve their skills.

Our band actively teaches the bagpipes and drums with learners and players from all walks of life. Age and previous experience are not obstacles to playing in a pipe band - all you need is enthusiasm and a willingness to learn.


Pipe bands don't just do street marches, but also put on concert type performances and play in competitions as well. Not only are pipe bands a unique and specialised hobby, but also a social outlet and a great way to meet new people.


Each pupil receives a combination of one to one tuition and group practice. All tuition focuses on correct technique, musical expression, tone and tuning.

 

TUTORS

The tutor of the band is Craig Spriggins. The band has a number of pipers who teach learners, all of whom are highly experienced. 

Drum tuition is provided by experienced drummers from within the band and also guest tutors.

 

COSTS

  • Learners: require a practice chanter to start lessons with a cost of approximately $120

  • Lessons are conducted by the Pipe Major - Craig Spriggins, 30 min per lesson. First 5 lessons are free. 

  • Uniform: Members use a band issued uniform. But Shoes and socks are purchased by the player. These items are not required at the early stages.

 

GETTING STARTED ON THE BAGPIPES

To get started, prospective pipers will need to purchase a practice chanter. This is a smaller, quieter version of the bagpipe chanter. These are used right throughout a pipers career, both for the initial learning stages and for practicing new tunes. Prices start at around $120 for a quality instrument. All documentation and learning material is provided free of charge by the band.

The learning program is structured to help pipers begin to play simple, recognisable tunes as soon as possible. Eventually, when you have progressed to the right stage, the purchase of a set of bagpipes will be necessary.

 

GETTING STARTED ON THE DRUMS

Prospective side drummers need only to buy a pair of sticks and a practice pad. Prospective bass and tenor drummers use practice sticks or beaters, in addition to the lamb's wool sticks actually used with their respective drum. The band owns a complete set of matched drums that the drummers use.