The City of Brisbane Pipe Band was founded in 1950. It belongs to the military tradition of bagpipe and drum bands first formed for the British Army Scottish regiments in the 19th Century. Our stirring music and inspiring sound is heard on street parades, and at fairs and sporting events in our city of Brisbane.
Since the early days the Band has always been fortunate to have eminent Brisbane figures as Patron, including Lord Mayors Sir John Chandler, Alderman Frank Roberts, Alderman Clem Jones, and Alderman Frank Sleeman. Lord Mayor Clem Jones gave permission for the Band to display the crest of the City of Brisbane on its drums and in 1976 the Band paraded in front of the City Hall, where Alderman Sleeman formally presented the drums. The Band’s current Patron is Lord Mayor Graham Quirk.
Since the 1990’s the Band has played regularly as part of the City Parks Programme, performing in Brisbane’s Parks on Sunday afternoons. It was also a fixture for many years at the Woodford Folk Festival. The biggest march of the year is always Anzac Day, and on Labor Day for a number of years the band played for the Maritime Union of Australia. The Band has performed at the Glen Innes Celtic Festival and the Stanthorpe Apple and Grape Festival in recent years.
Currently the band has 10 pipers and 8 drummers on its books and is active on both the competition circuit and playing for entertainment around Brisbane. The band has as its focus entertainment and is framing its music to fit that aim. The members look to gain satisfaction in bringing attractive music to Brisbane social events.