News and Notices
Thursday January 4th, 2018
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Toronto Branch Knockout scheduled for January 6th has been moved to St. Andrew’s College located at 15800 Yonge Street in Aurora. The event will be held at the Petrachek McGillivray Pipes & Drums Centre which is located on the following map: https://tinyurl.com/ya3bx9hl. There will be plenty of parking near the football field (visible in the Google map), and there are signs on campus that point towards the building.
The branch apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause.
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 https://ppbso.org/secure_html/ or by downloading the membership form at http://ppbso.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/PPBSO-Membership-Form-2018.pdf.
We hope to see everyone at the AGM on Saturday.
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.
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: www.georgesherriffinvitational.com
Come on out and support these extremely talented musicians.
Wednesday October 11th, 2017
Submitted by John Bridge
Steve Harris was a part of the Ontario pipe band scene for 55 years. He started as a pre-teen, drumming with the Guelph Pipe Band in the early 60’s under Pipe Major Bob Whittle. He went in to competition with them in 1968 and travelled to Scotland at the grade 2 level. Steve continued on with the band in the 70’s when they were promoted to grade one under Pipe Major Ed Neigh where he served for a short time as lead drummer. He was also no stranger to the Open Solo Drumming competitions during that time, as he has a trophy or two that will attest to that.
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.
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.
Monday July 24th, 2017
A few notes about Maxville:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The grade 5 band meeting will be on Friday at 11:00 at the PPBSO tent.