COMMENT(S): 24 Piping and Drumming Hours In . . . Melbourne
|Published: August 06, 2011|
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|Thanks for that Mark! It's good to see my hometown promoted in a way related to our art (and my adopted hometown of Ballarat too!). I think you give a good summary of Melbourne's significant place in the history of things. I might add, that if my ongoing research is anything to go by, Victoria (Ballarat again) was home of the first 'Australian Pipe Band Championship' for many years - from 1907 - and one of the earliest major pipe band contests anywhere, in or outside Scotland. It's also worth mentioning that Melbourne is where the Victorian Highland Pipe Band Association started in 1924; the first and oldest pipe band association in the world. Finally, I was amazed at the state of James Center's grave. Perhaps those of us in the piping and pipe band community in Victoria should do something to renovate it?
Thanks again Mark -- Stephen Matthews|