Wednesday April 15th, 2015
PPBSO Band Passes are now being mailed to bands. Please consult the list of mailed passes to see when your band’s passes were mailed. This list will be updated weekly. Do not wait until the day of the games to notify the PPBSO of missing band passes.
Thursday March 12th, 2015
It is with great pleasure that the Board can announce the addition of the Highlands of Durham Games in Uxbridge to our 2015 competition season. With this addition on Saturday, July 25th, the PPBSO is offering a full schedule of events consisting of nine outdoor, sanctioned competitions throughout the Summer.
The band master entry form (MEF) is now available, and the solo entry form and online registrations will be available shortly. We hope to see everyone there.
Tuesday March 3rd, 2015
Have you ever struggled to find a piper for your solos? Have you ever picked a tune for your solos that the pipers you had in mind didn’t know or couldn’t play? Have you ever signed up for solos, excited at the prospect of playing your favourite score to your favourite tune with your favourite piper, only to see your piper hurry off for their own solos minutes before you’re scheduled to compete?
These are common issues that solo drummers encounter each season. The PPBSO has taken steps to address these issues: this season, there will be recordings of pipe tunes available for solo drummers to use in their solo contests.
Monday November 10th, 2014
The 19th Annual George Sherriff Memorial runs this Saturday, November 15, 2014 at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church in Hamilton. The contest starts with the 6/8 marches at 10:00 A.M., followed by the Piobaireachd at 1:00 P.M., and the MSR at 7:30 P.M.
Further details may be found at http://ppbso.org/george-sherriff-memorial-invitational-competition.
Monday October 20th, 2014
On the advice of the Music Committee, the Board of Directors has approved the following grade changes for bands for the 2015 competition season:
Grade 2 to 1: Ottawa Police Service Pipe Band
Grade 3 to 2: Paris/Port Dover Pipe Band
Grade 4 to 3: Rob Roy Pipe Band
Grade 5 to 4: Hamilton Police Pipes and Drums; and the Pipes and Drums of Lindsay
Tuesday September 30th, 2014
The Society will be holding its Annual “Highland Gala” on November 8th 2014. This is an opportunity to celebrate our Champion Supreme winners for the 2014 season. All Champion Supreme Soloists as well as Champion Supreme winning bands will be recognized. Champion Supreme Bands will be putting on a short show.
The Gala will be held on November 8th Brant Park Inn, 19-Holiday Inn Drive, Brantford, with the doors opening at 6:15 p.m. You are invited to take this opportunity to celebrate with the winners as well as connect with old friends and new acquaintances in the piping community.
Tickets are available on line through the Niagara-Hamilton Branch.
Tuesday September 16th, 2014
PPBSO Music Committee members have heard concerns from Grade 4 bands regarding the selection of appropriate music for the Mini-MSR which they will play for the first time this season. As a result the committee has arranged a teleconference call for Grade 4 band leaders. Committee members, joined by Ed Neigh, will be available to answer questions regarding music choices and any other concerns that bands have regarding this event.
The call will be held Wed. Sept. 24 at 8:00 p.m. To participate bands should contact Sharon Duthart at the PPBSO office for details on how to join the conversation.
Wednesday August 13th, 2014
At the 2013 Annual General Meeting, a motion was approved to replace the grade 4 band March Medley requirement with a “mini-MSR”. Working with that guidance, the Board of Directors and the Music Committee have approved the following for the 2015 season.
Bands must play 4 parts of two-four march, four parts of strathspey, and four parts of dot-cut reel. Also, the Music Committee decided that bands may use either two two-parted or one four-parted tune in each time signature. To lessen the burden on the bands, if they choose they may use the same strathspey music in both the Medley and Mini-MSR. This was all passed by the Board and will be part of the rule book for next year.
With the ability to play either two-parted or four-parted tunes, bands have a great latitude in the simplicity/difficulty of the music they choose to play. The Music Committee encourages bands to select music that they can play at appropriate tempos.
For additional clarity, the medley requirements for grade 4 bands remain unchanged.