News and Notices
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.
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.
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@example.com
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
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.
Friday July 22nd, 2016
As a reminder to all contestants, the amateur piping and snare drumming solo contests (grades 1 through 5 and amateur Piobaireachd) at Maxville will be held on Friday, July 29th. All Professional solo contests and all tenor and bass contests will be held on the morning of Saturday, July 30th.
Tuesday July 19th, 2016
The band meeting for the grade 5 bands at Maxville will be held on Friday, July 29th at 11:00.
Wednesday June 29th, 2016
Due to a shortage of judges and the early start time for the grade 5 bands at Kincardine on Saturday, changes to the order of play, judging assignments, and event start times for a number of solo events have been made. Please check the updated order of play on the PPBSO website at http://ppbso.org/kincardine-scottish-festival-4 and verify the start time for each of your events. We apologize for the inconvenience, but the adjustments were required.
Saturday will be a busy day running on an incredibly tight schedule. All competitors are required to check in with the steward for each contest by the beginning of the event. Competitors who fail to check in on time or are absent when its their turn to compete risk being disqualified for the event and receiving a result of Did Not Play (DNP). With everyone’s cooperation and attention, the day will run smoothly for both you and your fellow competitors.
Saturday June 25th, 2016
Two quick announcements. The first is that the band meeting for the Kincardine Scottish Festival will be at 10:00 instead of the usual 11:00. All bands are required to have a representative attend the meeting.
The second is that we’ve put together a custom map displaying the base camp locations for each of the bands. Hopefully this will allow people to more easily navigate on the day of the games. That map can be found at http://tinyurl.com/hmmqw2q.