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The sound that won the Victoria Police the World Pipe Band Championship in 1998 and five titles for Simon Fraser University is the aim of the Australia Highlanders after their decision to move to Sinclair chanters. The band had played McCallum chanters since 2005.
The sponsorship agreement with Sinclair was accompanied by news of several other deals that the band has struck with various manufacturers and dealers, including a three-year endorsement contract with Wallace Bagpipes of Scotland. According to Australia Highlanders Pipe-Major Danny Boyle, the band will work with Wallace Bagpipes to develop their drones and a new pipe chanter. The company has given two sets of drones to be played by band-members.
The band will be performing at the “Piping on the Clyde” concert put on by Wallace Bagpipes in Glasgow on August 10th. In addition to the World’s, the Australia Highlanders will compete at the Ulster Championships in Newcastle, Northern Ireland, and perform at George Square and the International Quartet Competition as part of the Piping Live! Glasgow International Festival of Piping.
When asked about the switch to Sinclairs, Boyle said, “We have had a terrific partnership with [McCallum Bagpipes] and really enjoyed working with them. We were just after a change and looking forward to the band going forward.”
Boyle was a member of the Victoria Police when the band won the World’s.
The band also said that its existing sponsorship arrangement with Premier Percussion is continuing, and that it has secured a deal with DNA Pipe + Drumline and Ozscot Bagpipe Supplies, which are distributors and retailers for Wallace Bagpipes and Premier drums in Australasia.