News and Notices
Tuesday August 27th, 2019
It is with profound sadness that the PPBSO notes the passing of Lifetime Member and former President Bob Allen. Bob was a friend to many in our community both in and outside of Ontario, and he will be missed. Our deepest condolences go out to his friends and family.
The full funeral details can be found here, but there will be two visitations this Thursday, August 29th at Erb & Good Funeral Home in Waterloo, Ontario from 2 – 4 PM and again from 7 – 9. The memorial mass will be held on Friday, August 30th at 10 AM Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Waterloo.
Monday July 22nd, 2019
A couple of important announcements regarding Maxville. The first is a reminder that the band meeting for the Grade 5 bands at Maxville will be on Friday, August 2nd at 11:00.The band meeting for all other grades will be on Saturday, August 3rd at 11:00.
As well, we’d like to take this opportunity to remind our members (and our guests) of some of the requirements regarding solo events:
- Please report to the stewards before the beginning of the event. Failure to do so may result in disqualification.
- A competitor shall play at his or her assigned or adjusted time or position, or when required to play by the Steward for the event.
- For pipers, if there is a conflict between your playing times for your light music and your piobaireachd events, let the stewards know right away. The piobaireachd event will usually take priority over the light music (since light music events are shorter), but this is up the discretion of the steward.
- Again for pipers, tuning time is limited to three (3) minutes for light music and five (5) minutes for piobaireachd. Exceeding your tuning time may result in disqualification.
- Please check in with the stewards regularly to ensure that you know when your turn to play will be.
If all competitors can keep these rules in mind, the events will go much more smoothly and will be to the benefit of all involved.
Thursday July 4th, 2019
The band meeting for Kincardine this Saturday, July 6th will be held at 10:00. The exact parade time is TDB but it’s expected to start between 10:45 and 11:00
Saturday June 1st, 2019
Georgetown is only one week away and we have several exciting announcements. We’re always looking for additional Drum Majors to assist us during the games. Having your Drum Major at the games helps with the organization of the massed bands and makes everything run more smoothly. We understand that not all band Drum Majors may be comfortable in a massed bands environment, so we pleased to announce that Drum Major Shannon Brooks will be offering a seminar during the afternoon for all Drum Majors. This is a great opportunity for all the Drum Majors out there to develop their drill skills, discuss strategies, and work commanding both a single band and a wave. This will be the first of several seminars (including at both Cambridge and Fergus). All interested Drum Majors should attend the band meeting at 11:00, and a discussion about the seminar will follow.
We’re also pleased to announce that in conjunction with the Georgetown Highland Games, we’ll be offering a Dress and Deportment prize. This prize is completely separate from the musical competitions throughout the day, and will be awarded to the best band across all grades who demonstrate the best dress and field discipline during massed bands. The winning band will be awarded a cash prize. The full details of the prize and the evaluation criteria will be discussed during the band meeting.
Finally, we have a full list of competitors for our CPA graded contests on Friday night at 7:00. In our Silver Medal qualifier, we have 10 highly skilled competitors playing for a spot in the Silver Medal contests. All are encouraged to come and watch. The full orders of play and location details can be found on our contest page.
See everyone at Georgetown next weekend!
Tuesday May 28th, 2019
Band passes for all games except Maxville are now being sent out. Please consult the list to see if and when passes for your band were mailed out. This list will be updated periodically.
Wednesday April 17th, 2019
The Pipers’ & Pipe Band Society of Ontario is pleased to announce the first annual Silver Medal Qualifier contest open to CPA members with a B grading to be held in Georgetown, Ontario (exact location TBD) on Friday, June 7, 2019 at 7:00pm. This qualifier event will provide the winner with entry into the Silver Medal events at both the Argyllshire Gathering and the Northern Meeting in 2020.
In addition to the Silver Medal Qualifier, the PPBSO is also pleased to offer a separate contest for CPA members with a C grading. Any non-registered CPA open level players who are interested in competing can enter the C Grade contest. Preference will be given to C Grade players and then to Open level players based on the date of their registration.
This event will also run in Georgetown, Ontario (exact location TBD) on Friday, June 7, 2019 at 7:00pm. Entry forms for both events can be found at https://ppbso.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/PPBSO-Silver-Medal-Entry-Form.pdf.
The deadline to enter is Friday, May 24, 2019. Entry fee is $30.00. Entries must be submitted to the PPBSO either via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via regular mail at:
50 Steeles Avenue East
Please direct any questions to email@example.com or 905-878-3000. Updates to contest details will be made to the contest page as additional information becomes available.
Sunday March 3rd, 2019
The PPBSO is pleased to announce two additions to our 2019 competition season. Starting in May, solo competitors will have the opportunity to attend one of two branch events to compete for Champion Supreme points – the Kiwanis Festival in London, and the Ottawa Branch Indoor Games in Kemptville. Both of these great events will be held on May 4th.
Monday November 26th, 2018
An updated copy of the solo upgrade request form has been posted for members who wish to request an upgrade. The one change we’ve made for this year is that we’re now requesting a video submission from any member requesting an upgrade. Over the past couple of years the Music Committee has found video submissions to be incredibly helpful when they evaluate a request. By including it in the standard request submission, we’re hoping to be able to streamline the process.
The new form can be found at http://ppbso.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/PPBSO-Solo-Grading-Request-Form-2019.pdf.