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On Saturday 29 July at the 2023 Scottish Pipe Band Championships, Scotland, Scots Pipes and Drums A and B Bands enjoyed exceptional results. The A Band secured third place, against some of Scotland and the United Kingdom’s top juvenile bands. This may be the highest result Scots Pipes and Drums has ever achieved.

The B Band achieved an impressive seventh place overall – only one point away from the ‘top six’ prize list! The judges were extremely positive about the band’s performance. Well done boys!

These outstanding performances are a testament to A and B Bands’ passionate dedication, and Scots staff’s devoted support and encouragement.

Congratulations to Bandmaster, Mr Paul Hughes and College staff, Head of Drumming, Mr Christopher Johnston; Snare Drum Assistant, Mr Keith Tombs; Deputy Principal – Head of Senior Campuses, Mr Ryan Smartt, and, Pipes Tutor, Mr Aidan Bestwick, for guiding the boys towards this impressive achievement at the 2023 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.


The Scots College is a proud member of the following associations.

The Presbyterian Church (New South Wales) Property Trust T/A The Scots College, Sydney Australia
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William Elder


Mr Alan Elder was born in Scotland and migrated to Australia with his parents at a young age. He attended The Scots College for all his schooling, graduating in 1944. He played 1st XI Cricket and was a member of the College Cadet Unit. After leaving school Mr Elder studied accountancy and retained a life-long love of the College, especially the Pipes and Drums. Mr Elder never married, however the significant bequest he left will allow his Scots family to remember him through the Lang Walker Business Centre.