Bendigo's Golden City Pipe Band crowned champions

BENDIGO'S Golden City Pipe Band has been crowned 2014 Victorian champions.

The band won the Grade 4 championship on Sunday in Melbourne, taking out the aggregate, best drum corps and, winning the march-off and dress inspection.

The victory followed a third consecutive win at the Geelong Highland Gathering earlier this month and success in Ballarat last month.

Band president and drum major Chris Earl said players were ecstatic with the clean sweep of the state championship.

"The results are a credit to the musical leadership of pipe major Helen Dilks and drum tutor Tom Mewett and the many hours of preparation by all members," he said.

"We have a good balance of performing in our local community, presenting events like Scots Day Out and representing Bendigo at major championships and celebrations around Victoria."

The band has a busy few weeks ahead as it prepares for the final pipe band competition of the Victorian season at Ringwood Highland Gathering on Sunday before leading the opening march at Bendigo's Relay for Life on April 4. 

The band will perform at the 2014 Australian Pipe Band Championships in Ballarat the following week. 

"We were pipped by just two points at the last Australian championships in 2012 and are hoping to go one better this time," Mr Earl said.

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