2016 AGM Results!

THE AGM

Is now over with new members elected to the Executive Committee.

In case you’ve forgotten who was elected, here is the list:

President                 Barry Prater

Vice President       Heather MacMillan

Sec/Treasurer        Erin Allenby

Pipe Major              Angus Beath

Pipe Sergeant        Carl Rogalski

Drum Sergeant     Elyse Hudson

Elected member  Frank Brisolin

As the newly elected President I would like to welcome the new members to the Exec. I would like to thank the outgoing members for their support over the years.. Thank you Milton Mann and Roger Buck and Jimmy McNair

The role of the Exec and the band is to steer it in a positive direction with the intent to provide a harmonious musical place to come to, as well enjoy the music the band provides not just to the band members but to the general public.

All members of the exec are approachable at anytime to help deal with any situation that may arise. Please do not hesitate to contact if you need help with anything.

I would like to thank all members who demonstrated their democratic right to vote/ nominate for the various positions that became vacant on the band. In some cases a vote needed to be taken to produce a result.

2016 Band Information Day

The weather was a nice crisp 6c at 8am in QE2 Square this morning. The band broke the silence at 9.45 with a nice round of stirring tunes under the direction of Pipe Major Angus Beath near the Entertainment Centre. A small crowd had gathered to witness the event. At approximately 11am the band reformed near the Dean St end to play another round of stirring tunes. A wonderful exhibition by one of the local radio stars having his first ever attempt at ‘playing’ the pipes and the drums kept the crowd and the band entertained until ‘Olly’ ran out of puff! A big thanks to Tom and Olly for promoting the band on the day!

The drum corps also entered the fray with a fine display of drumming. At 1pm the band commenced its final play out in front of a large crowd of delegates who were emerging from the Emergency Services Conference at the Entertainment Centre. The crowd showed their appreciation by taking photos accompanied with applause. We thank our band members who turned out to support our day. Some fourteen brochures were handed out to the public. We also thank the volunteers who manned the table and handed out brochures.

2016 Scots School Albury Highland Gathering

The band was involved in this inaugural event. We started with a street march through the centre of Albury, culminating in an impromptu performance in QEII Square. A retired member – Graeme Flood – took these photos of the prep beforehand, with the band under the control of Pipe Sergeant Roger Buck and Pipe Corporal Carl Rogalski:

 

After a break, a group of the pipers from AWPD then competed with the Scots School Albury Pipe Band, achieving a respectable 3rd place in Grade 4. We lined up to play for the Drum Major’s contest as the Highland Gathering Duty band. Our very own Barry Prater stepped out for his first ever contest. Barry has been tutored by World Champion Drum Major Brian Wilson over the last week and he put in a very solid performance.

Here is some video of the Drum Majors in action – featuring our very own Barry Prater!

The massed bands in the Tattoo saw AWPD step out again and this time our very own Pipe Major had a chance for a tune by himself, playing the solo for Amazing Grace:

A huge thanks to Andrew Falconer for these photos – he does the band a great service and we really appreciate it.

ANZAC Day 2016

Another  ANZAC Day has arrived and been commemorated by the band. With soloists heading to Albury, Wodonga, Howling and other regional areas for dawn services, the men and women of AWPD have done us all proud.

The band led the Albury street march this year, proudly stepping up to an enormous crowd along Dean St. Weather conditions were a bit more pleasant this year – indeed it was a magnificent day.

Some images from the street marches:

 

The Wodonga street march was much of the same and the band went from there to the SS&A Club for a quiet recovery beer (provided by the club – Thank You!) and a tune, then onto the Commercial Club where we finished up with sandwiches and a couple more beers. Thank you to both clubs for their generosity.

A big well done to the band for their hard work during the day and all the prep work before hand.