News and Notices
Monday May 2nd, 2016
Band passes are now being sent out. Please consult the list to see if and when passes for your band were mailed out. This list will be updated periodically.
Sunday April 3rd, 2016
It is with much sadness the founding member of the PPBSO-Ottawa branch and PPBSO Lifetime Member Major Archie Cairns, MMM, CD has passed away.
Born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario, Archie MacNeil Cairns began piping at the age of 9 with his father, Pipe Major John Knox Cairns of the Argyle & Sutherland Highlanders of Canada, as his teacher. In June 1941 he was enrolled as a boy piper in that regiment, eventually becoming Pipe Major in October 1952. In June 1953 he was a soloist at the Coronation Ball for Queen Elizabeth II at the Savoy Hotel in London, England.
Saturday March 19th, 2016
The Pipers’ and Pipe Band Society of Ontario will be holding its annual judge’s seminar on Saturday April 2nd, 2016 in Milton, ON.
This year, the focus of the seminar will be on pipe band adjudication. Throughout the seminar, participants will be provided an opportunity to formalize the process that they use to evaluate a pipe band contest, and discuss and engage with other adjudicators as to the process that they use – first as a piping or drumming judge and then from an ensemble perspective. We hope that all of our adjudicators will take advantage of this opportunity to participate in the discussion and evaluation of performances from an ensemble perspective, even if they’re not ensemble certified adjudicators. This session is open to all of those who are ensemble certified, thinking about a future ensemble certification, or simply interested in developing a better understanding of evaluating performances from an ensemble perspective.
Sunday March 13th, 2016
The Board of Directors has approved the 2016 Rule Book, which is now available on the PPBSO website. Many of the changes contained within the rule have been previously announced, however for completion a summary of the changes are listed below.
Sunday January 31st, 2016
The deadline for submitting solo regrading requests is March 1st, 2016. All appeals must be filed by March 31st, 2016. Please use the upgrading form available in the forms section of the website when making your request.
Tuesday January 12th, 2016
On behalf of the Board of Directors, I am pleased to announce that Glenna Mackay-Johnstone has been elected as the new Chair of the PPBSO’s Music Committee. As Chair, Glenna is responsible for the management of the Music Committee, bringing its recommendations to the Board, and sitting on the Board as a Director.
I would also like to thank Peter Aumonier for his work as the outgoing Chair of the Music Committee, and thank him for his continued presence on the committee as a member.
Sunday November 8th, 2015
Members looking to renew their membership for 2016 online are now able to do so. Please login into the secure membership site (https://ppbso.org/secure_html) and follow the instructions.
Sunday October 18th, 2015
For 2016, the tenor drumming solo competition categories will be changed from novice, amateur, and professional to grades five through one and professional.
In years past, non-professional tenor drumming solos had only two levels: novice and amateur. As interest in tenor solos has increased, we have observed that these two categories are no longer sufficient and both categories appear to have very experienced and very inexperienced people playing in the same grade (in 2015, the novice division included players who were in their first year of playing tenor as well as those who had been playing in bands for several years, and amateur similarly had a spread of ability, from grade 1 band members downward) We understand that some competitors felt that they did not have a fair competitive chance with such a broad range of experience and ability represented in each event.
With an interest in creating an event where competitors are competing against players of similar ability, the PPBSO will be expanding the categories for amateur tenor solos in 2016 to increase the number of categories. The new tune requirements will be better aligned with those for snare solos, which will hopefully help tenor drummers find snare drummer accompaniment when needed.