NSW Pipe Band Championships

Pipe Bands NSW together with the City of Gosford Pipe Band are delighted to present the NSW Pipe Band Championships as part of the Central Coast Scottish Spectacular. After a successful championship event in 2017, Pipe Bands NSW have granted the Central Coast Scottish Spectacular the rights to host the NSW Pipe Band Championship again in 2018 and 2019.

The Central Coast Scottish Spectacular aims  to incorporate both competitive and display Pipe Band activities into a bustling family friendly format. We envisage the possibility of a number of small performance spaces interspersed with public areas away from the main contest circle area.  With this in mind, all bands PBA registered or otherwise, are invited to participate in the event, have a great day out, help make it memorable for members of the public and above all help raise public interest and participation in music and dance as expressed through Scottish Heritage and Culture. 
Pipe Band events will include:
  • The Scottish Spectacular Piping Solos
  • The Drum Major John McFarland Memorial Drumming Challenge
  • NSW Championship Band Contest (March, Strathspey & Reel, Musical Selection, Selection of Marches)
  • NSW Championship Juvenile Band Contest (Selection of Marches, Musical Selection)
  • Juvenile Drum Major Contest
  • Open Drum Major Contest
  • Best Dressed Band
  • Massed Bands
In addition to the NSW Pipe Band Championships, a variety of opportunities also exist for bands, small groups (duo, trios, quartets, quintets and mini bands) to participate in busking, display, novelty, and traditional musical and drill activities on a non-competitive basis.

We are very proud to announce that Bob Worrall has accepted our invitation to the Central Coast Scottish Spectacular being held at the Entertainment Grounds on the fourth of November 2018. Well known around the Globe as a piper, judge, ensemble expert and commentator of the World Pipe Band Championships, Bob will be a busy man as a judge for the contest and a few special roles throughout the event and surrounding days
 
We hope we will see you there to help make it a great day!












NSW Pipe Band Championships


Syllabus and entry conditions for the NSW Pipe Band Championships are available at the link above.

Online entry form for the NSW Pipe Band Championships are available at the link above.











The Scottish Spectacular Piping Solos


Syllabus and entry conditions for the Scottish Spectacular Piping Solos are available at the link above.

Online entry form for the Scottish Spectacular Piping Solos are available at the link above.













The Drum Major John McFarland Memorial Drumming Challenge

The Central Coast Scottish Spectacular will see the reintroduction of the Drum Major John McFarland Drumming Challenge as part of the NSW Pipe Band Championships 2017. First presented in 2012, the competition honours the memory of John McFarland whose career spanned over 60 years in which time he continuously served the Pipe Band movement as a Drummer, Drum Major, Adjudicator and Administrator.

John’s early playing career was with bands on the Central Coast these being Gosford Caledonian and Brisbane Waters Pipe Band which merged to become the Gosford Pipe Band. In 1959 John was asked to join the Grade 1 Northern Suburbs Pipe Band as their Drum Major and in 1967 became their Leading Drummer. During this time he was an active member of the Pipes & Drums of the 17th Btn. Royal New South Wales Regiment where he achieved the rank of Sergeant. From 1975 through to 1989 when it was disbanded John was a member of the Grade 1 NSW Police Pipe Band. After this John and his family moved back to the Central Coast, he then re-joined Northern Suburbs as Leading Drummer, then moving onto be a founding member of the Toukley RSL Pipe Band, then again moving to City of Gosford Pipe Band.

In an administrative capacity John had been the State Vice Principal of Dress & Drill for the Australian Pipe Band College as well as serving for 8 years as the National Principal of the College Dress & Drill Division. He was elected President of the NSW Pipe Band Association in 1998 and served in this capacity until 2002. John was awarded Life Membership of both the New South Wales Pipe Band Association Inc. and the Australian Pipe Band Association Inc. New South Wales Branch in August 2007 for his life long commitment to pipe bands.

John was actively involved in the teaching and adjudication of both Drumming and Dress & Drill right up to the time he lost his 11-year battle with cancer in 2011.

The Drum Major John McFarland Drumming Challenge is proudly presented by McFarland's Down Under the Kilt.


Syllabus and entry conditions for the Drum Major John McFarland Memorial Drumming Challenge are available at the link above.

Online entry form for the Drum Major John McFarland Memorial Drumming Challenge are available at the link above.