International adjudicators Mark Faloon, Gordon Parkes, Brian Swatilla and Brian Wilson have been announced for the 2020 Australian Pipe Band Championships in Maryborough, Victoria, on 4 and 5 April.
The championship will be a major celebration in the Diamond Jubilee year of Pipe Bands Australia and sees the nation’s showcase event return to Maryborough with the town’s highland society as host for a second time. The inaugural championships were promoted by the society in 1961.
Adjudicators for 2020 were announced by Maryborough Highland Society at the biennial conference of Pipe Bands Australia this weekend. The society in collaboration with Pipe Bands Australia and its Victorian branch approached leading international judges last year as planning commenced for the 2020 event. The society requested their inclusion on the PBA list for selection of adjudicators.
Mark Faloon was last year appointed principal of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association Northern Ireland Branch School. Mark is a renowned Piper, Tutor, Pipe Major and a former member of Field Marshal Montgomery having won every major title with the band. Mark is also a Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association Adjudicator holding all the RSPBA qualifications having recently achieved his Pipe Band Musicianship qualifications.
Gordon Parkes was leading drummer of Field Marshal Montgomery from 1981 to 1998. During that time FMM with his brother Richard as pipe major, began its rise to being one of the most acclaimed bands in the world winning the first of many major championships, including the Worlds, on multiple occasions.
Brian Swatilla is a two-time world champion bagpiper from New Zealand, a former member of the Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band and a former piper with the Canterbury Caledonian Pipe Band.
Brian Wilson MBE is a former world champion and Australian champion drum major from Northern Ireland.
All are members of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association adjudication panel and Pipe Bands Australia has invited branches to host the adjudicators for workshops and seminars across Australia following the championships.