The pipers are calling
The bands are coming to Scots Day Out 2020 - pipes playing, drums beating and kilts swirling their way down View Street in the opening parade on Saturday 29 February.
And then in Rosalind Park, the bands will be in competition from 11am on the Band Arena before the stunning and spectacular massed bands at 4.30pm to close Bendigo's special day of Scottish celebration.
There are 18 bands for SDO this year from across Victoria and also NSW. For many, Scots Day Out is part of preparation for the Pipe Bands Australian Diamond Jubilee Year Australian Pipe Band Championships in Maryborough on 4 and 5 April.
Here are the bands to come along and cheer, follow their journey to the championships and marvel at their music.
HAWTHORN Pipe Major: Matthew Fraser Drum Sgt: Stephen Shedden Tartan: Mackenzie
MOORABBIN Pipe Major: Simon Blackshaw Drum Sgt: Alexis Ferguson Tartan: William Bruce
CITY OF MELBOURNE Pipe Major: Campbell Wilson Drum Major: Benjamin Casey Drum Sgt: Dean Hall Tartan: Logan Maclennan
VICTORIA SCOTTISH Pipe Major: Ross Bates Drum Sgt: Tim Calderan Tartan: Robertson
FEDERATION UNIVERSITY BALLARAT Pipe Major: Neil Macdonald Drum Sgt: Tim Bodey Tartan: Ancient Caledonia
GOLDEN CITY Pipe Major: Helen Dilks Drum Major: Nola Blake Drum Sgt: Stuart Johnson Tartan: Royal Stewart.
HAILEYBURY No 1 Pipe Major: Angus Evans Drum Sgt: Christian Van der Merwe Tartan: Haileybury
OLD SCOTCH Pipe Major: David Forbes Drum Sgt: Scott Diener Tartan: Gordon
ST ARNAUD Pipe Major: Lin Postlethwaite Drum Major: Blair Michael Drum Sgt: Briony-Anne Pearce Tartan: Cameron of Erracht
ALBURY WODONGA Pipe Major: Angus Beath Drum Major: Barry Prater Drum Sgt: Milton Mann Tartan: Ancient Caledonia
BALLARAT GRAMMAR Pipe Major: Rory Barnett Drum Sgt: Ben Jones Tartan: Modern Holyrood
CITY OF MELBOURNE No 2 Pipe Major: Chris Bouwmeester Drum Major: John Harvey Drum Sgt: Gabriella Periera Tartan: Logan MacLennan
HORSHAM Pipe Major: Michael Stewart Drum Major: John Fatchen Drum Sgt: Anthony Munro Tartan: MacQueen/Wallace
HAILEYBURY No 2 Pipe Major: Oliver Perry Drum Sgt: Jonathan Panetta Tartan: Haileybury
MARYBOROUGH Lead piper: Hamish Hare Drum Major: Jack Hodges Lead drummer: Ella Hodges Tartan: Hunting Stewart
WATSONIA Pipe Major: Ian Gray Drum Major: Len Northmore Drum Sgt: Adam Hamilton Tartan: MacBeth
BENDIGO HIGHLAND Pipe Major: Brenton Hayward Drum Major: Peter Heritage Drum Sgt: Greg Fawcett Tartan: MacPherson
CASTLEMAINE Pipe Major: Vic Groenhout Drum Major: Tony Mathers Drum Sgt: Trevor Kuhle Tartan: Chief McIntosh