The Queensland Irish Association Pipe Band (QIAPB) is one of the oldest pipe bands in Queensland, and the oldest Irish pipe band in Australia. Despite existing in many forms during the late 1800s, the band was first officially formed as the QIAPB in 1898, and has been an institution in Brisbane ever since.
Festivals and Parades
Festivals, parades and overseas trips have always been part of the fun of being part of QIAPB. The band still travels regularly and plays in festivals both in Australia and internationally.
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
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. Notable wins for QIAPB have included:
Grade 1, Australian Championships: 1976, 1980 and 1986.
Grade 2, World Champion Overseas Band 1978, 1981 and 1985
Grade 3, Australian Championships: 1963 and 1970
In Australia QIAPB has also won in Grades 1, 2 and 3 at the New South Wales, Queensland, East Coast, and National Championships too many times to list here.
Internationally QIAPB has won Grade 1 in New Zealand, results as high as 2nd in Scotland and Ireland, won Grade 2 in Scotland, Ireland and New Zealand and won Grade 4 in Scotland.
The QIAPB were affiliated with the Queensland Irish Association (QIA) on Elizabeth Street in Brisbane, Queensland where we practiced every Wednesday night until the closure of the Queensland Irish Club in 2015.
The QIA was formally established on March 23rd 1898, following the en Masse resignation of the members of the six companies of Queensland Irish Volunteers in the Queensland Land Defence Force. Ex- volunteers combined with the H.A.C.B.S. to found the new Association. The inaugural Secretary was Major P.J. Stephens, former Commandant of the Irish Volunteers. Although there is no direct relationship, the Association can be regarded as a descendant of the Queensland Hibernian Association which was founded in 1871. The principles of this earlier Association are embodied in the QIA’s Constitution.
Irish Heritage is a photographic and written journey of the Queensland Irish Association Dancers and the Queensland Irish Association Pipe Band. While this booklet is by no means a definitive history it does provide a fascinating insight through the memories and photographs and information that it brings together.