The Old Scotch Pipes and Drums (OSPD) was established in 2009, incorporating former students of Scotch College who came together to resurrect their piping and drumming skills in a friendly and enthusiastic band setting. Many of those original members are still playing with the band, which has now grown to encompass multiple generations and a broad community of players, whilst still retaining the welcoming and encouraging values that the band was founded on.
OSPD competes at Grade 4A level in local and interstate competitions with recent successes including being placed first at the 2022 Daylesford Highland Gathering and second at the 2023 Victorian Championships. The band also plays in support of several charitable organisations and community events around the state as well as a variety of OSCA and Scotch College functions.
We are delighted that we have created a culture that encourages new generations of players to join our band, and this has presented us with the opportunity to advance our repertoire and musical standards. To this end, the band has set out a number of ambitious goals for the next year, which includes competing once again, in the Australian Championships and potentially traveling to Scotland to compete in the World Pipe Band Championships in 2024. These goals are combined with our continual quest to develop the musical standard of our band and, above all, to celebrate the camaraderie, fun and enjoyment of band membership.
OSPD includes members from, as well as beyond, the Old Scotch fraternity and welcomes all those who share our interest in playing good pipe band music and contributing to the growth of our band within an environment that is welcoming, friendly and respectful.
The band is based at the Pipe House, Scotch College, Morrison Avenue, Hawthorn, with practice taking place on selected Wednesday evenings from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. During the competition season, practices are also scheduled on Sundays from 1.30pm to 3.00pm. We invite you to learn more about the band by visiting the OSPD Web page and Facebook page: www.oldscotchpipesanddrums.com.au