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News and Notices

Solo Tenor Grade Structure Changes

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.

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2015 Solo Champion Supreme Biographies

Sunday October 18th, 2015

Biographies for a number of our 2015 Champions Supreme are now available at http://ppbso.org/solo-champion-supreme-biographies-2015/.

Ed Neigh, 1945 – 2015 – Update

Saturday August 8th, 2015

It is with a heavy heart and the deepest sorrow that the PPBSO adds its thoughts to the multitude of voices in noting the passing of lifetime member Ed Neigh.

Ed was a member with an accomplished history as a competitor, Pipe Major, adjudicator, composer, and teacher. Ed’s solo competitive successes included both the Piobaireachd Society Gold Medal (Canada) and the Bar to the Medal, the Open March at Oban, and the Dunvegan Medal; as Pipe Major of the grade one Guelph Pipe Band he led the band to success at the North American Championships on several occasions.
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“Great Beginnings” Teaching Symposium Coming This Fall

Monday July 27th, 2015

Save the date! Sunday October 4th will see the first Teaching Symposium to be run by the PPBSO in many years.

The event will focus on how to teach beginners, and is aimed at any PPBSO member who currently teaches beginners, or who wants to learn how to teach beginners.

We’ll cover everything from the time they walk into the door to the time they play in their first event or march in their first parade.

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Grade 5 Band Meeting for Maxville

Monday July 27th, 2015

The band meeting for the grade 5 bands for Maxville will be held on Friday, July 31st at 11:00.

Toronto Police Take Cambridge!

Monday July 20th, 2015

The Grade 1 Toronto Police Pipe Band finally found themselves on top as they won the premier grade MSR contest on Saturday, July 18 at the Cambridge Highland Games. Temperatures were extremely high throughout the day, as was the humidity level, making it a challenging day for the competing bands. Peel Regional Police tied with Toronto Police for best pipes, as they took second place, while the 78th Frasers rounded out the competition in third, taking best drums again in the process.

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This is the first win in a sanctioned PPBSO contest for new Toronto PM Sean McKeown, who took over from Ian K MacDonald prior to this season.

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# 78 in your program – # 1 on the Kincardine Scoresheet!

Thursday July 9th, 2015

The 78th Frasers continued their consistent run of form by taking the Grade 1 Medley contest at the Kincardine Scottish Festival on Saturday, July 4, 2015. Peel Regional Police were second on the strength of two first place rankings in piping, with Toronto Police taking the final spot. The victory allowed the Frasers to take a 4 point lead atop the Champions Supreme Grade 1 rankings for the year with 14 points, with Toronto Police currently in second on 8 points.

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This season’s string of good weather continued as the games were held under sunny skies on the beautiful shores of Lake Huron. The townspeople of Kincardine again proved to be superb hosts, as they opened up their town and their homes to the competing pipe bands.

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Kincardine Band Meeting

Tuesday June 30th, 2015

The mandatory Band Meeting for the Kincardine Scottish Festival will take place at 10:00 instead of the standard time of 11:00.

PPBSO Branches

PPBSO Office

President: Chris Buchanan
Vice President:Charles MacDonald
Secretary: Michele Curtis
Treasurer: John Allen

Administration

Administrator: Sharon Duthart
Chief Steward: Glenn Covert
Ombudsman: Ken Eller

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