Niagara Hamilton Branch
The Niagara-Hamilton Branch has seen an excellent fall-winter season of events in late 2012 and early 2013.
The Branch opened the season with its annual Livingstone Invitational. Since 1977, the Livingstone has provided the stage for virtuoso musicianship for some of the best solo pipers in the world. In 2012, the Livingston continued this tradition, with seven pipers competing with a 20-30 minute freestyle set at the opulent Hamilton Club. Colin Clansey took the first-place prize at this splendid event.
Also in October 2012, the Branch staged the annual Highland Ball on behalf of the PPBSO Parent Body. The night was a resounding success, with a significant representation from around the Province for this celebration of our Champions Supreme.
The Niagara-Hamilton Branch held three Amateur solo piping and drumming competitions over the winter months, in January, February, and April 2013. These events drew over thirty competitors each month, with more than ninety entries over the three events. The Amateur competitions drew large crowds to the Hamilton Armouries and saw some fantastic young local talent. At the April competition, a draw was held, with each competitor receiving one entry per event entered. Two lucky competitors, Andrew McPherson and Chris Marshall, won full scholarships to the Ontario School of Piping and Drumming. The 2013-2014 season promises to draw even more competitors to our Amateur Competitions.
In March 2013, the Branch staged the 26th Annual Agnew-Harrison Drumming Invitational, featuring some of the best Grade 1 snare, Professional snare, and Professional tenor drummers in North America. The event was very well-attended, with Cameron McKail, Matt Bellia, and Mitch Mackay taking the top prize in the three competitions.
The Branch has high hopes for the 2013-14 season, with some fantastic events planned.