The Queensland Irish Association Pipe Band (QIAPB) is a social band of amateur pipers and drummers from a range of backgrounds and levels of experience. We play under the leadership of Pipe Major Bruce Grice, Pipe Sergeant Stuart McLeod, Drum Sergeant Colin (Buzz) Ennis and Drum Corporal Mark Kindness.

QIAPB wears Ancient Urquhart tartan as part of our iconic green uniform.

The current band has around 35 active members, with several other social members who wear the green on special occasions or trips away.

On the first Friday of every month (roughly) we play a regular show in the Queen Street Mall and at Mick O’Malley’s Irish Pub in Brisbane City, and also play at a few other venues around town and beyond. Check out our calendar for current information about upcoming rehearsals and gigs.

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Festivals and Parades

QIAPB regularly travel to and play in festivals and parades, both in Australia and internationally. Festivals that we regularly attend include:
  • Queensland Irish Festival and St Patrick’s Day Parade (Brisbane, around 17 March every year)
  • ANZAC Day (Brisbane, and sometimes Tweed Heads, 25 April)
  • Glen Innes Celtic Festival (Glen Innes, first weekend in May)
Overseas trips are part of the fun too. The band has played at the following international locations and festivals over the last few decades:
  • Festival Interceltique de Lorient, France: 1985, 1999, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2014, 2016
  • Rose of Tralee Festival, Ireland: 1998, 2008
  • World Championships, Scotland and Ireland: 1978, 1981, 1985
  • New Zealand: 1988, 1990

Competitions

At the moment QIAPB is mostly a social band but several members take on more practices to prepare March-Strathspey-Reel (MSR) sets and music selections for competitions. Currently we have one Grade 4 band that enters competitions.

The band attends the Maclean Highland Gathering annually at Easter and sometimes plays at other local competitions such as the Brisbane Boys College Highland Gathering competition held annually in March.

In the past QIAPB was far more competitive, sometimes with two or three bands at the same time. For a time in the 1980s this included two Grade 1 bands.  Read our history for more information.