Band Officers – 2020 / 2021:
Pipe Major – Vic Groenhout
Pipe Sergeant – Bob Cumming
Pipe Corporal – Bonnie Chapman
Drum Major – Rod Tamblyn
Drum Sergeant – Trevor Kuhle
Drum Corporal – Joe Smith
We currently have around 20 playing members of all ages, plus several learners and suppot members.
We are a non-competing band, where young people are encouraged to participate, and new members are especially welcome. Some of our members compete with other bands or are members of the Victorian Piper’s Association as solo pipers.
We have two uniforms: a number 1 for formal and cold weather performances and a hot weather uniform. Players have a specially issued uniform.
In 2011 the band completely replaced its kilts, plaids and jackets. After about thirty years of fundraising towards the substantial cost of the replacements, our Chief Macintosh-Castlemaine (Clan Chattan) tartan was replicated in Scotland. New kilts, plaids and jackets were tailored. Other items of the uniform were also replaced, such as woollen half hose, spats and belts, feather bonnets, sporrans, badges and metalwork for the belts.
Our sponsors, including the Stoneman Foundation, Castlemaine Debutante Ball Committee, Castlemaine Rotary Club and numerous individual contributors were very generous. The members of the Castlemaine Highland Pipe Band would like to convey their special thanks to all of our sponsors and supporters for their contributions and help during the uniform renewal appeal and their continued financial support.
At the end of 2017, the band purchased a new set of RG Hardie polypenco chanters from Scotland and chanter reeds from James Murray in Western Australia, as part of their continuing musical and tone development.