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News and Notices

Cobourg Band Changes

Wednesday June 14th, 2017

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we’ve had to make some changes to the band circles at Cobourg this weekend. The new band contest start times and judging assignments can be found at http://ppbso.org/cobourg-highland-games-5.

We thank you for your understanding and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Announcing the Teacher Database

Thursday June 1st, 2017

If you’re a piping, snare, tenor, or bass drumming teacher, we want to know! In conjunction with our Let’s Try the Bagpipes! pilot project, we are reviving our database of teachers.

The database will be published on the PPBSO website and any PPBSO member is welcome to be included. Simply complete and return the Teacher Information Form to us by email, fax, or regular mail. The form can be found in the “Forms” section of the PPBSO website.

While the database will include teachers of all levels, to start we’re particularly seeking teachers with experience and/or special interest in teaching beginners. We will be directing interested learners to the database at Let’s Try the Bagpipes!

Want more information? Contact Ellen Mole at teaching@ppbso.org.

Let’s Try the Bagpipes!

Thursday June 1st, 2017

Let’s Try the Bagpipes! is a pilot project of the PPBSO at the Georgetown Highland Games and the Fergus Scottish Festival in 2017.

The idea is to stimulate curiosity and spark a desire to learn by allowing members of the public to handle instruments, try them out and get all their questions answered. We will have a booth in the vendors area displaying practice chanters, various types of bagpipes, reeds, music and assorted gear.
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Tom Brown (1976 – 2017)

Wednesday May 17th, 2017

Pipe Major for the Air Command Pipes and Drums and PPBSO Adjudicator Thomas (Tom) J. Brown passed away, peacefully, on May 16, 2017.
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Reay Mackay

Thursday March 16th, 2017

The PPBSO is profoundly saddened by the passing of lifetime member Reay Mackay. Reay was a highly respected adjudicator, instructor, Pipe Major, and former competitor. He will be greatly missed, and our deepest condolences go out to Reay’s family and friends.

2017 Solo Grading Deadline

Monday March 6th, 2017

As a reminder to all members, please note that the deadline for submitting applications for solo upgrades is April 1st. After that date, no applications will be accepted for the upcoming season. For all members wishing to request an upgrade, please submit the form found on our website at http://ppbso.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/PPBSO-Solo-Grading-Request-Form.pdf.

2017 Rule Book and Contest Registration

Sunday February 26th, 2017

Registrations for the 2017 season are now open and the master entry forms are available online. As well, the 2017 Rule Book is also available.

A few notes about some changes for the upcoming season:
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Geoff Neigh

Sunday February 5th, 2017

Geoff Neigh passed away this morning as a result of his long struggle with ALS. Geoff was a long time member of the Society, an accomplished judge, and a volunteer who committed countless hours as a member of the Music Committee and as its Chair a few years ago. Geoff’s influence on piping in Ontario and the PPBSO has been tremendous, and its absence a loss for us all.

On behalf of the PPBSO, we give our deepest condolences to all of Geoff’s friends and his extended family.

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PPBSO Office

President: Chris Buchanan
Vice President:Charles MacDonald
Secretary: Michele Curtis
Treasurer: John Allen

Administration

Administrator: Sharon Duthart
Chief Steward: Glenn Covert
Ombudsman: Ken Eller

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