Australia Highlanders Pipe Band

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The Australia Highlanders Pipe Band is a grade one pipe band, based in Nunawading, Victoria, Australia. The band has been successful in the Australian competition for numerous years, and was placed 11th in the final tables of the World Pipe Band Championships in 2006. The band is led by Pipe Major Danny Boyle and Drum Sergeant Alistair Boyle, and is a member of the Victorian Highland Pipe Band Association.


The Nunawading Pipe Band, as it was then known, started in 1956. After three decades of local competition, the band ventured abroad to New Zealand, where they won the 1989 national championships in grade two. Under a year later, Nunawading also received first place in the Australian and South Pacific Championships, which earned their promotion to grade one. After several years in this division, the band took another overseas trip, this time to the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. In the home of the Great Highland Bagpipe, the Australian contenders placed 18th. While this was a commendable effort, the band went into decline for much of the decade, until it was taken over by Danny and Alistair Boyle, the pipe major and drum major, in 2001. After this changeover, Nunawading went from grade three to grade one in the space of a single season. To fill the void left by regrading, and make space for an influx of new members, a second band was created. Nunawading No. 2 competes in grade four to this day. Nunawading again travelled to New Zealand in...
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