News and Notices
Sunday November 13th, 2016
Online membership renewals for 2017 are now open through the PPBSO website (https://ppbso.org/secure_html/). Memberships must be renewed by December 31st to avoid late fees.
While you’re renewing your membership, please take a moment to review your profile and contact information (including your address) to ensure that they’re accurate and up-to-date.
Sunday October 23rd, 2016
The material for the PPBSO’s Annual General Meeting is now being mailed out to all members at their last address on file with the office. In order to ensure that all members see the material for the AGM, we are also posting it online. Continue Reading
Friday October 21st, 2016
Throughout September the Music Committee and the Grading Subcommittee met and recommended the following upgrades to the Board of Directors. The Board approved the recommendations at its October meeting, and they are as follows:
Sunday October 16th, 2016
On November 12th, the PPBSO will be hosting its annual Highland Gala. At the gala, we’ll be presenting awards to our solo and band Championship Supreme winners. A number of our winners have submitted biographies. Please take a few minutes to learn more about some of your fellow members and their accomplishments, and join us at the gala on the 12th in Brantford following our AGM.
Tickets for the gala can be purchased at the door or from the Niagara-Hamilton branch.
Sunday October 9th, 2016
On Saturday, the PPBSO’s Board of Directors met to discuss the grade 4 band musical requirements. On the recommendation of the Music Committee, the Board has approved a change to these requirements. Starting with the 2017 competitive season, the grade 4 mini-MSR will be replaced with a March Medley.
As in previous years, the contest requirements in grade 4 will alternate from contest to contest in a given year. At any given contest, grade 4 bands will be required to play either one of medley of 3 to 5 minutes duration or one march medley of tunes, played in quick time, of 2 minutes 45 seconds to 4 minutes 30 seconds duration.
Although there will be those who are disappointed with the change, we firmly believe that the previous requirements we proving too onerous for bands making the transition from grade 5 to grade 4. It is our hope that by making this change to the requirements, that both grades 4 and 5 will become strongly competitive for all bands within the grade.
The PPBSO will continue to monitor the performance of these grades and the progression of bands from grade 4 to 3, and will make any necessary adjustments in the future necessary to continue to promote the health of our bands and the proper promotion of bands through the grades as appropriate.
Saturday September 24th, 2016
General Meeting season is upon us with the first branch AGM this weekend. These meetings are a great opportunity to find out more about what’s happening in the PPBSO and your local branch. All members are welcome and encouraged to attend and participate.
Western Branch AGM
Sunday, Sep 25th 2016, 7 PM
22 – 535 Topping Lane, London, ON
RSVP to: Kim at 519-432-0199 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Email submissions welcome
Niagara-Hamilton Branch AGM
Friday, September 30th, 7:00 PM
Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 163
Toronto Branch AGM
Saturday, October 1st, 3:30 PM
Moss Park Armoury
Ottawa Branch AGM
Friday October 7th, 7:30 PM
HMCS Bytown Naval Officers’ Mess
Saturday August 13th, 2016
Thank you to all of the solo competitors, bands, and supporters who came out to Fergus today. Unfortunately, the band contests were cancelled due to weather.
The solo events were completed, and the full results will be posted on Sunday.
Friday July 22nd, 2016
As a reminder to all contestants, the amateur piping and snare drumming solo contests (grades 1 through 5 and amateur Piobaireachd) at Maxville will be held on Friday, July 29th. All Professional solo contests and all tenor and bass contests will be held on the morning of Saturday, July 30th.