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PPBSO Announcements

PPBSO 2014 Band Passes – Updated

Tuesday May 13th, 2014

Please consult the current 2014 PPBSO Band Passes List.

Contact the PPBSO if you have not received your Band Passes within five days from the date of mailing. Do not wait until the day of the games to notify the PPBSO.

New Professional Piobaireachd Grade

Thursday January 16th, 2014

Establishment of a New Professional Piobaireachd Grade

In recent years the number of professional piobairechd players has become too large to be adjudicated in a morning.  Last year, for example, 22 entered at Georgetown.  The PPBSO has decided to divide the professional piobaireachd into two grades called A and B.
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2013/2014 Upgrades!

Sunday December 29th, 2013

The following competitors have been selected for upgrade in the light music, piobaireachd and drumming categories. Band upgrades are listed at the bottom of the post.

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Champion Supreme 2013 Bio’s

Thursday November 7th, 2013

The PPBSO is pleased to present the biographies of some of our Champion Supreme winners for 2013. These dedicated individuals have worked hard to elevate their skills and progress in the art.
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New Tune Requirement for Grade 4 Bands

Wednesday November 6th, 2013

As the result of a motion passed at the Society AGM on Nov. 2, starting in 2015 Grade 4 bands will submit a mini-MSR instead of a march medley. The exact format of the MSR will be determined by the Music Committee.

The 18th Annual George Sherriff Memorial Invitational Competition

Monday October 21st, 2013

The 18th Annual George Sherriff Memorial Invitational Competition

Saturday, November 16, 2013
St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church
70 James St. South, Hamilton, Ontario


PPBSO AGM and Highland Gala – Tickets Now Available

Monday September 16th, 2013

Tickets for the annual PPBSO Highland Gala are now available on the Niagara Hamilton Branch website.

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Fergus Highland Games Honours Bruce Jones Unexpected Death

Wednesday August 14th, 2013

Pipers and Drummers at the Fergus Highland Games on Aug. 10th and 11th honoured Bruce Jones of London Ontario with Amazing Grace. Photo courtesy of John Riddell and Adam Gagnon.
Bruce passed away following the Forest City Celtic Pipe Bands competition at the Glengarry Highland Games in Maxville on Sat. Aug. 3rd.   Coming off the field, Bruce was excited by the Band’s performance and commented to band members that he had never played better.   Soon after he did not feel well and sought help from nearby Paramedics at the Games.  He was immediately rushed to Alexandria Hospital, approximately 20 minutes away; however both paramedics and Hospital staff were unable to revive him.       
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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