News and Notices
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wednesday June 24th, 2015
The 78th Fraser Highlanders made it 2 years in a row as they won the Grade 1 MSR contest at the Cobourg Highland Games on Saturday, June 20, 2015.
The picturesque venue also continued its string of good fortune, as absolutely perfect weather and large crowds turned out for the day’s events. Ottawa Police continued their strong form this year, taking 2nd place, while Toronto Police again displayed that they are the pipe section to beat this year, taking two first place rankings while finishing in third.
Monday June 15th, 2015
The official start of the PPBSO competitive season got underway on Saturday, June 13 at the 40th running of the Georgetown Highland Games in Georgetown, Ontario. Overcast but dry in the morning for the solo events, the sun arrived and shone brilliantly on the afternoon band contests. 31 bands competed in 5 grades, providing the large crowds with a very exciting day of pipe band music.
In the premier Grade 1 medley event, the 78th Highlanders (Halifax Citadel) Pipe Band from Halifax, Nova Scotia put in a very strong performance to claim the top spot, winning best pipe section in the process. The 78th Fraser Highlanders Pipe Band from Ontario finished second while taking top drumming honours. Ottawa Police continued their strong entry into grade 1 as they rounded out the top three prize-winners.
Wednesday April 15th, 2015
PPBSO Band Passes are now being mailed to bands. Please consult the list of mailed passes to see when your band’s passes were mailed. This list will be updated weekly. Do not wait until the day of the games to notify the PPBSO of missing band passes.
Thursday March 12th, 2015
It is with great pleasure that the Board can announce the addition of the Highlands of Durham Games in Uxbridge to our 2015 competition season. With this addition on Saturday, July 25th, the PPBSO is offering a full schedule of events consisting of nine outdoor, sanctioned competitions throughout the Summer.
The band master entry form (MEF) is now available, and the solo entry form and online registrations will be available shortly. We hope to see everyone there.
Tuesday March 3rd, 2015
Have you ever struggled to find a piper for your solos? Have you ever picked a tune for your solos that the pipers you had in mind didn’t know or couldn’t play? Have you ever signed up for solos, excited at the prospect of playing your favourite score to your favourite tune with your favourite piper, only to see your piper hurry off for their own solos minutes before you’re scheduled to compete?
These are common issues that solo drummers encounter each season. The PPBSO has taken steps to address these issues: this season, there will be recordings of pipe tunes available for solo drummers to use in their solo contests.