Sunday, November 22, 2015

Annual General Meeting, Thursday 3 September 2015 - President's Report

The City of Elizabeth Pipe Band has had a very successful year in 2014/2015and has continued to build on the previous year’s successes on most fronts. We have finished 2014/2015 with more members, more engagements and a well presented and performing band.

The attendance of a few members is a concern – a combination of injury, illness, work and study commitments have kept a few members away from practices and engagements. Pipers and drummers do not grow on trees – we need to retain all our members to the best of our ability into the future.

            Fundraising Success:

The Band has conducted one fundraising event in addition to paid engagements over the past year. This was a Bunning’s BBQ on 28 March 2015, with the best profit so far from this activity.

        Members – new and losses

We have welcomed new members Jenni Goodwin, Kate Timmings and Rob McGregor in the past 12 months. Two members, namely Aaron Kogler and Matt Petroff are on leave from the band during 2015.

The Band members farewelled Kathy Park at the end of 2014. Kathy relocated to Newcastle, NSW.              


Jim Smith has continued to work tirelessly and conscientiously with his list of learner pipers. His efforts are greatly appreciated by the management committee.  Steve is also teaching our new learner tenor drummer.

Luka should soon turn out with the band and there are a number of new learners who have started this year.

The recruitment of Olav Goud in early 2014 for drumming tuition has already shown results. Olav said right from that start that his aim was to make his position obsolete. His attendance has reduced over recent months, but his input and expectations are very evident in the corp’s performances.

 Jonno McIntyre commenced duties as a Band Piping Tutor on August 2014 and his guidance and input with the pipe corp is obvious for all who listen.

        Pipe Bands SA

I have attended the meetings of Pipe Bands SA as a band representative this year and took up the role on the executive of Vice Chair late in 2014.

The State Branch continues to go through generational change with the recent retirements of very long term office bearers: Lindsay Chuck; Christine Gordon; and Rosemary Tully. The Treasurer position remains unfilled. Both the Secretary and VP-rules and admin have been filled at the recent AGM.

 A recent extra-ordinary meeting of the Council and College discussed the low support for the Branch activities by many member bands, the number of vacant office bearer positions and the need to build stronger links between the Pipe Bands SA branch and member bands. A plan was developed at the time, but has not been followed through with since. Colin Melville was identified as a possible candidate to eventually fill the vacant VP – Piping position.

Greg Gordon has also announced his retirement as the President of Pipe Bands Australia, a position he has held for 18 years, since the formation of the current national organisation.

Willie Dowie was a successful applicant for a Pipe Bands SA scholarship, which allowed him to attend the Summer School in Sydney in January 2015.

The Band participated in the 2 mini-band and solo competitions conducted by the branch and all members involved performed with credit in all sections. Two members, Monique Seymour and Shahnan completed their respective Preliminary Piping and Drumming Certificates in July 2015.

All band members are registered with Pipe Bands SA, to ensure all members are covered by their insurance policy.

        50th Anniversary Dinner:

2015 marked 50 years since the formation of the band in 1965. The dinner to celebrate the milestone was an enjoyable affair. At the dinner, 6 past and present members were made Life Members of the Band. They were: Angus Massie Snr; Angus Massie Jnr; Jim Smith; Peter Whitehead; David Pound; and Willie Dowie. All six have given terrific service to the band and have been instrumental in both the band continuing to survive and flourish.

        Thanks to Office Bearers and Tutor:

I would like to express a sincere thank you to all office Bearers for their endeavours and efforts over the past year.  The band is fortunate to have capable and conscientious band leaders. The Band and Pipe Corp continues to be ably led by P/M Willie Dowie and ably assisted by P/S Andy Thomson. The drum corp. has also been ably led by D/S Jeff Timmings. Their personal time commitment to the band and efforts are greatly appreciated by members.

Steve and Monique put many hours of work into their respective roles behind the scene and their efforts contribute to the sound administration of the band.

I have also appreciated the efforts of tutors Olav Goud and Jonno Macintyre, who bring their extensive knowledge, skills and experiences at the international level to this group.

I would also like to thank Jim Smith for teaching learner pipers. Jim willingly gives up his time twice a week to teach our learners. I know the learners really appreciate his abilities and patience. Also thanks to Steve for teaching the tenor drum to 2 learners during the past year.

        The next Year:

We can now look forward to a period of continued development of the band over the next 12 months. I look forward to hearing what our musical leaders have install for us all in the next year. Certainly, the band is playing better and sounding better than it did 12 months ago. I look forward to seeing what we can achieve in the coming year.

Jeff Seymour


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Invitation to the Dinner to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the formation of the Band in 1965

Dear past members,

The City of Elizabeth Pipe Band Inc. will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the formation of the band in Elizabeth in 1965, on Saturday 27th June 2015, commencing at 6pm at the Para Hills Community Club, Bridge Road, Para Hills.

You are invited to join us on this occasion to celebrations the landmark.

The cost of the dinner is $40.00 per head for adults and $18.00 per head for children aged under 12 years. The number of tickets available is strictly limited to the seating capacity of the venue.

If you would like to join us on this night, please RSVP ASAP to the band secretary, Steve Moore, by:

To secure your booking, payment for the dinner is required at the time of the RSVP. Payment can be made by:
  • posting a cheque payable to the City of Elizabeth Pipe Band to the secretary as above; or
  • Paying on line to the band’s bank account as follows: BSB: 735047  Acc No:  072578.

Guests with special dietary requirements are asked to advise Steve when booking your tickets.

Jeff Seymour 

20 April 2015 

Saturday, February 28, 2015

City of Elizabeth Pipe Band – 50th Anniversary Celebrations

The band management committee is currently working through a time-line of planning associated with the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the formation of the band, month by month. At this stage we are looking to make contact with:
  • Anyone with knowledge of or who know the whereabouts of original members of the CEPB for the period 1965 - 1970, or their descendants. Some original members were: Jim Mckinnon, Bill Grafton, Harry Leggett, Bob Cameron, Tony Mulligan, Ron Cairns, Sam Campbell, John Roberston and Jim Smith (we know about him); and
  • Ex-members in general.
Please email the president at if you can help us or if you would like more information.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

50th Anniversary of the Band

Planning is now underway to celebrate the landmark of the 50th anniversary of the band's formation in early 1965.

Preliminary organisation at this stage includes: the celebration will be in the form of a dinner in June 2015 - a venue and firm date are currently being explored; Past and present members of the band and other members of the South Australian Pipe Band fraternity will be invited to the event; the band history on the website will be updated, paying particular attention to the past 15 years; and significant service to the band over the past 50 years will be recognised.

Updates on the celebration will be added to this blog from time to time.

New Members

Jenni Goodwin (Piper) and Katelyn Timmings (Tenor) were made members of the band at the October committee meeting. Both are a very welcome addition to the band. Jenni played out with the band  for the first time at the Norwood Pageant and Katelyn at the Salisbury Pageant.

Monday, March 10, 2014

New Members!

At the committee meeting on Thursday 6 May, the committee passed to admit the following people as band members:  Patrick Muller(snare), Aaron Kogler (piper) and Peter Levitt (piper). Welcome to all three.

Jeff Seymour

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Ray Jones

It is with great sadness that I report that Ray Jones, an early and long serving member of the City of Elizabeth Pipe Band has passed away after a long battle with cancer.

Ray's funeral will be held at the Fulham Funeral House at 50 Midway Road, Elizabeth East at 1:30pm on Thursday the 6th of February.

Our thought our with Helen and the rest of the family at this time.

Helen and Ray Jones with their granddaughter Kendra (1977)

Helen and Ray Jones (2011)

Sunday, September 1, 2013

President's Report from the Annual General Meeting - Thursday 01 August 2013

First Year of new and compliant Constitution:

The new and compliant Band Constitution was passed at the 2012 AGM in April of that year. As President, I have endeavoured to follow the constitution to the letter and effect change to some of the ways the Band was administered in the past. Committee and General Meetings have been held regularly and in a formal way. This includes having the Financial Records audited by an independent person to be presented to this AGM.

Fundraising Success:

The Band has conducted a number of fundraising activities over the past 15-16 months. These have included: Olive Oil drives; the 2012 Social Night and associated fundraisers; Two Bunning’s BBQs; and a successful 2013 Playford Council Grant application. The Band also had a number of successful engagements.

New Items of Uniform and drums:

In mid-2012, the band purchased a new Andante Bass Drum and two Andante tenor drums. Their acquisition has been beneficial to the sound of the band, although the learning curve regarding tuning of these new drums has been a long and continuous one. (this is not a criticism)
Since December 2012, members have considered a range of matters related to the introduction of new items of uniform at a number of General Meetings called to consider these changes. These matters have included: removal of hose tops, spats and hair sporrans from the band uniform; the introduction of Ancient Blue long hose, short sleeve blue shirts and navy vests; the selection of two styles of dress sporrans (day and evening wear). The band also purchased new and matching glengarries and glengarry brooches and bagpipe bag covers for the band.

Members – new, losses and learner program

During the year we have welcomed Monique Seymour (drummer) and BJ Baird (piper) into the band. We have lost a number of members as well: Craig Dawson-moved to Canberra; and, James Feeney, David Pound, Leigh Brown; Claire Brown and Nicole Brown all resigned from the band over related matters.
Members are to be commended for their efforts in recruiting new learners. Learner Pipers include: Luka, Monique, Shannon and Steve. Learner and new Drummers include Will, Dan, Matt, Ben and Shahnan. We look forward to seeing these learners transition into the Band and become active members.


The purchase of the new mid-section drums was made possible by a successful Playford Council Grant in 2011. We have again been successful in obtaining $1200 in 2013 to purchase a set of bagpipes for use by learners. This purchase is currently under consideration by the committee.

Workshops for other bands:

The members of the Broken Hill Cameron Pipe Band and the Mildura District Pipe Band were appreciative of the efforts of David Pound, Willie Dowie and myself, when we conducted a successful weekend workshop for these Bands in Broken Hill in April. I had already completed a pipe maintenance weekend in Broken Hill in January.

The focus of the weekend was on sound and performance. The snare drummers were all learners. Good progress was noted over the weekend. A follow up weekend was discussed, but no plans are currently underway. There was also discussion related to the 3 bands working up some common tunes with the view that they might combine from time to time for significant engagements.

Thanks to Office Bearers and Tutor:

I would like to express a sincere thank you to all office Bearers for their endeavours and efforts over the past 15 months. 

The band is fortunate to have capable and conscientious band leaders. The Band and Pipe Corp has been ably led by P/M Willie Dowie and ably assisted by P/S Andy Thomson. The drum corp was also ably led by David Pound until recently and we look forward to seeing the results of Jeff Timmings’ work in the D/S role in the future. Certainly all the current signs are very good.

I would also like to thank Jim Smith for his tutoring of learner pipers. Jim willingly gives up his time twice a week to tutor our learners. I know the learners really appreciate his abilities and patience. So do we! Thank you to Jim!!


We can now look forward to a period of band growth and development over the next 12 months. All the current signs are good and we look forward to seeing a larger and strong band turning out at engagements later this year and in 2014 and beyond in particular. The band will pass a significant land-mark in early 2015, marking 50 years since it was formed. It goes to show that through thick and thin, a band with cooperative and hard working members can prevail.

Jeff Seymour

Saturday, August 31, 2013

GAWLER SHOW – New Snare drummers turn out in numbers

Well done to the 4 new snare drummers who turned out at the Gawler Show on Saturday 31 August 2013.
  • For Dan and Matt, it was their first public performance with any pipe band.
  • For Will, it was a return to the CEPB and after a break of 3.5 years.
  • For Ben, it was his second play out with our band and the first time he had responsibility as leading tip (in the absence of the D/S).
All four equipped themselves well and did us all proud. Well done.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Tanunda Competition 20/10/12

Excellent performance by all