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Pipe Bands Foundation

See the Foundation page for important updates and a revised application form.

SummerSchool 2016

Registrations foir SummerSchool 2016 (10-15 Jan 2016) are now open.  Principal tutors are Jack Lee and J Reid Maxwell of Simon Fraser University Pipe Band, BC Canada. Enrol before 1st November 2015.  Nine registrations from one band - the 10th is free!  See the Education page for enrolment details,

Foundation Youth Pipe Band 2015/16

Applications for auditioning for Foundation Youth Pipe Band are now open.  Go to the Education page for the applicatioin form.

Contest Results

See the CONTESTS page for all results from the Neslon 2015 contest.


Nelson 2015

Please note the following, updated schedule of dispensations for playing-up :
RNZPBA Playing Up Applications 2014-2015 season

Contest timetable - the changes are in times for Saturday's G1 and 3 street march, G1 music events and the display :
Nelson 2015 Timetable 12 Feb 2015

College of Piping & Drumming

Please see the COLLEGE page for updated information and revised syllabuses

Contest Rules - 2015

Updated Contest Rules are available for download from the Management page, and include changes based on the 2014 Remits. 

The following remits were successful:
No 1: Rule 2.3.4 - Permits
No 2: Rule 6.5.2 - Appointment of National Contest Judges
No 3: Rule 2.3.1 - Permits
No 4: Rule 5.4.4 - The Contest
No 6: Rule 4.13 - Playing on or off
No 8: Rule 5.2.5 -Judging (St March)
No 11: Rule 4.1.3 - Composition and Membership of Bands
No 12: Rule 4.1.7 and 4.1.8 - Composition and Membership of Bands
No 13: Rule 4.1.6 - Composition and Membership of Bands

NZ Pipeband magazine SUBSCRIBERS

NZ Pipeband magazine subscribers - if you've just received a subs renewal notice in the mail, please note the bank account details should read :
03 0855 0204287 00
Don't forget to include your M(xxxx) number as a reference when paying online.

Major Championships - 2014/15

The Royal New Zealand Pipe Bands' Association is delighted to confirm three major championships for 2014/15:
1. The RNZPBA South Island Championships will be held in conjunction with the Otago/Southland Centre’s Provincial Championships on Sunday 22th February 2015 at the Octagon in Dunedin.

2. The RNZPBA North Island Championships will be held in conjunction with the Central North Island Centre Championships on Saturday 28th February 2015 at the Village Green Lake Front Rotorua.

3. The RNZPBA New Zealand Championships on Friday 13 and Saturday 14 March 2015 at Nelson

Association Directory

RNZPBA, Centre and Band contacts, updated
9 Jan 2015.  See the MANAGEMENT page.

2015 Mentor Programme

Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 Mentor Programme for bands.  Download the application form from the Education page.

NZ Pipeband Magazine

August edition of NZ Pipeband magazine has been posted.

2014 Remits  

Remits that have passed the first round (approval at Centre level) have been distributed.  These will be fully discussed at the RNZPBA Conference in Wellington on Saturday 13th Sept.  Download the remits here, and review the Remit process here

Foundation Youth Band

The RNZPBA Foundation Youth Band is currently in Canada.  Follow their progress and adventures at https://www.facebook.com/#!/fypbnz

2015 NZ Pipeband Champiosnships - Nelson

Newsletter #1 for Nelson 2015 is available on the Contests page

Band Regrading

The re-grading recommendations from the RNZPBA Grading Advisory Panel after the 2014 National Championships held at Tauranga are:


* Whangarei & County Pipe Band – to go up a grade from G3 to G2
* ILT City of Invercargill Highland Pipe Band  #2 -  to go up a grade from G4A to G3
* City of Sails Pipe Band - to go up a grade from G4A to G3
* Auckland Police Pipe Band  - to go down a grade from G3 to G4A


The Bands have until 30th June 2014 to make a submission, either supporting the recommendation or suggesting they not be re-graded, but they are not obliged to make a submission

RNZPBA Management

At the Annual General Meeting of the RNZPBA on Friday 7th March, the following management positions were ratified:

President : Allister Macgregor
Board Members : Iain Blakeley, Penny Wilson
Group Leaders :
Administration and Finance : Murray Venables
Contests : Kerry Marshall
Education : Sherran Hancock
Promotions : Grant Carroll
Publication & Communication : Chris Stevens

See the CONTACTS page for full details

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Foundation Judges funding application  

Visit the Pipe Bands Foundation of NZ page for a funding application form, to support Foundation Judges at contests

Non-music Judges Guideline

The Non-Muisc judges guideline is available for download here

RNZPBA Tutorial Series

The tutorial series prepared by Greg Wilson (Principal - College of Piping) has resumed.  The latests and all previous tutorials are available for download here

Band Secretary's Year Planner

The RNZPBA Education Group has prepared this year planner for all band secretaries. If your band has not received your copy, please download from here