News and Notices
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.
Saturday November 3rd, 2018
Based on the recommendation of the Music Committee, the Board of Directors has approved the following band and solo upgrades for the 2019 season.
Grade 3 to 2
Grade 4 to 3
Grade 5 to 4
Peel Regional Police
Guelph Pipe Band
Solo Piping – Light Music
Grade 2 to Grade 1
Grade 3 to Grade 2
John David Mitchell
Grade 4 to Grade 3
Grade 5 to Grade 4
Practice Chanter to Grade 5
Solo Piping – Piobaireachd
Intermediate to Senior
Junior to Intermediate
Novice to Junior
Solo Snare Drumming
Grade 5 to Grade 4
Please note that due to a timing issue, the Bass and Tenor upgrades are awaiting final approval. These will be announced after they’re approved and the members affected notified of their upgrade
Thursday October 4th, 2018
On behalf of both the Board of Directors and the Music Committee, I’m pleased to announce that Lynda Mackay has been appointed as the new Chair of the Music Committee. Lynda has been an active member of our community for decades. She competed in several bands and as a soloist at all levels for almost 30 years (including as the Pipe Major of the former Strathnaver Pipe Band). She has taught both piping and drumming at The College of Piping in Summerside, PEI, and has been an active teacher of piping for almost 25 years. For the past decade Lynda has been a certified PPBSO Judge for both solo piping and bands, and has been an active member of the Music Committee for the past several years.
The Board and the Music Committee are both excited to see Lynda take on this new role.
For more information on the current membership of the Music Committee, please refer to the Music Committee page on the PPBSO website.
Saturday September 29th, 2018
After a busy outdoor summer season, the PPBSO and its branches are moving ahead with a full calendar of events over the fall and the winter. The first event of the off-season starts tonight in Ottawa with the branch AGM and its first knockout contest for 2018/2019. Please check the local branch websites or the PPBSO event calendar (http://ppbso.org/events) for upcoming events and dates.
Please also check the dates and locations for your local branch AGM and the PPBSO AGM, which is on December 8th in Milton. All members are encouraged to attend in participate in these general meetings, elect Branch and PPBSO officers and Directors, and to make your voice be heard.
Wednesday September 12th, 2018
2018 Highland Gala
November 3rd, 2018
Champion Supreme Bands and Soloists
Best Western Brantford Hotel and Conference Centre
19 Holiday Drive, Brantford, ON
For map to hotel, please click ON THIS LINK
This year’s Highland Gala dress code will be
Semi-formal or Highland Dress
Absolutely NO jeans
The bringing in of externally purchased food and alcohol is strictly prohibited!
Tickets are $25.00 per person at the door
or $20.00 until November 2nd using the PayPal through the Niagara-Hamilton Branch.
A limited number of rooms are being held for the event, and can be booked at
the Best Western online booking site. Rooms will be held until Friday, October 5th.
Tuesday July 24th, 2018
This is a reminder that the band meeting for the grade 5 bands at Maxville will be on Friday, August 3rd at 11:00. The band meeting for all other grades will be on Saturday, August 4th at 11:00.
Thursday July 5th, 2018
A couple of questions have been asked about the opening parade at the Kincardine Scottish Festival this weekend. Bands are to form up at 10:45 for an approximate 11:00 start. All bands are required to participate except for those grade five bands explicitly excused due to their placement in the order of play. The list of bands excused will be posted on the PPBSO board as per usual and will also be announced at the band meeting.
Tuesday July 3rd, 2018
The band meeting for Kincardine this Saturday, July 7th will be held at 10:00 instead of the usual time.