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PPBSO Announcements

Reminder: 2017 AGM

Monday December 4th, 2017

As a reminder for all our members, the 2017 Annual General Meeting is this Saturday, December 9th at the Milton Legion (21 Charles Street, Milton) at 1:00. All members should have received their notice of the meeting as well as supporting documentation at their last known address on file with the office. For those who missed the mailer, the agenda, branch motions, and two by-law amendments from the Board are listed below for your convenience.

As well, we’d like to take this opportunity to remind all our members that membership renewals for 2018 can now be done online at or by downloading the membership form at

We hope to see everyone at the AGM on Saturday.
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Tom Brown Cup Awarded

Friday November 24th, 2017

This Saturday, November 25th, the Ottawa Branch of the PPBSO will dedicate a new trophy in memory of Tom Brown.

The Pipe Major Tom Brown Memorial Cup, will be presented as part of this month’s Knockout and Branch Awards ceremony. It will be awarded to “The Most Successful Pipe Band, Eastern Ontario – All Grades”. The trophy has been donated by the members of the RCAF Pipes and Drums, Ottawa, with generous support from their alumni. The award features insignia from all six bands that Tom had competed with from Grade Four through Grade One. The inaugural recipient is the Glengarry Pipe Band – Grade Five, under the leadership of Pipe Major Erin Bell and Lead Drummer Jim Bush. The “Tom Brown Cup” will be presented by Tom’s wife Michele, and their daughter Abigail.
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George Sherriff Memorial

Wednesday November 15th, 2017

Countdown until the 23rd Annual George Sherriff Memorial Invitational Competition this coming Saturday at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, 70 James St. S., Hamilton, Ontario.

6/8 March event starts at 10 a.m. The Piobaireachd competition starts at 12:30 p.m.. The evening March, Strathspey & Reel event starts at 7:30 p.m.. Awards will take place at approximately 10 p.m.

The top 10 amateur bagpipers from across Canada and the United States will be competing for the prizes. And, it’s an amazing line up of prizes!

All key details surrounding the competition can be found on our website:

Come on out and support these extremely talented musicians.

Solo Piping Grades 4 and 5 Suggested Tunes

Monday September 4th, 2017

As the competition season ends and new school year begins, people start thinking about learning new tunes for the next season. This make this the perfect time to let teachers and competitors know about our list of suggested tunes for solo piping in grades 4 and 5.
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Solo Requirements

Wednesday August 2nd, 2017

With Maxville right around the corner, 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 take priority over the light music (since light music events are shorter).
  • 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.

Maxville Notes

Monday July 24th, 2017

A few notes about Maxville:

  1. Although some roster changes can still be made in accordance with sections D-1 and D-2 of the rule book, the final roster counts have been submitted to the Glengarry Games Committee. As a result, any additional players added to a roster will not receive a games pass to the grounds.
  2. All band passes to the grounds will be sent to the listed band contact directly by the Glengarry Games Committee this week (the 24th through the 28th.
  3. All amateur piping, piobaireachd, and snare drumming events are to be held on Friday the 4th. All professional events, and all bass and tenor events are to be held on Saturday morning.
  4. The grade 5 band meeting will be on Friday at 11:00 at the PPBSO tent.

Kincardine Band Meeting

Tuesday July 4th, 2017

The band meeting at Kincardine this Saturday, July 8th will be held at 10:00 instead of the usual 11:00. As always, bands are required to send one representative to the meeting.

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

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

PPBSO Branches

PPBSO Office

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


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