News and Notices
Sunday February 5th, 2017
Geoff Neigh passed away this morning as a result of his long struggle with ALS. Geoff was a long time member of the Society, an accomplished judge, and a volunteer who committed countless hours as a member of the Music Committee and as its Chair a few years ago. Geoff’s influence on piping in Ontario and the PPBSO has been tremendous, and its absence a loss for us all.
On behalf of the PPBSO, we give our deepest condolences to all of Geoff’s friends and his extended family.
Friday January 27th, 2017
The PPBSO extends its condolences to Connie Blaney’s family, friends, and all of those at the Glengarry Highland Games.
Saturday December 17th, 2016
At its December meeting, the Board of Directors made a slight change to the membership renewal dates. Memberships renewals continue to be due by the end of the year, but the $5 lateness penalty will be waived for all memberships renewed on or before January 15th, 2017. After the 15th, the standard lateness penalty ($5 + HST per month) will continue to apply, with the second month starting on February 1st (as in previous years).
Sunday November 13th, 2016
Online membership renewals for 2017 are now open through the PPBSO website (https://ppbso.org/secure_html/). Memberships must be renewed by December 31st to avoid late fees.
While you’re renewing your membership, please take a moment to review your profile and contact information (including your address) to ensure that they’re accurate and up-to-date.
Sunday October 23rd, 2016
The material for the PPBSO’s Annual General Meeting is now being mailed out to all members at their last address on file with the office. In order to ensure that all members see the material for the AGM, we are also posting it online. Continue Reading
Friday October 21st, 2016
Throughout September the Music Committee and the Grading Subcommittee met and recommended the following upgrades to the Board of Directors. The Board approved the recommendations at its October meeting, and they are as follows:
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.