Georgetown Highland Games

16 Days
14 Hours
27 Mins
50 Secs

PPBSO Announcements

PPBSO Membership Dues

Saturday December 17th, 2016

At its December meeting, the Board of Directors made a slight change to the membership renewal dates. Memberships renewals continue to be due by the end of the year, but the $5 lateness penalty will be waived for all memberships renewed on or before January 15th, 2017. After the 15th, the standard lateness penalty ($5 + HST per month) will continue to apply, with the second month starting on February 1st (as in previous years).
Continue Reading

Online Membership Renewal

Sunday November 13th, 2016

Online membership renewals for 2017 are now open through the PPBSO website ( 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.

2016 Annual General Meeting

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

2017 Solo and Band Regradings

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:

Continue Reading

Championship Supreme Winners’ Biographies

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.

Grade 4 Band Requirements

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.

Upcoming Branch AGMs

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
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

Fergus Results

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.

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