News and Notices
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.
Tuesday February 10th, 2015
Donald Brown Walker Dewar finally laid his pipes to rest on January 13, 2015. He passed peacefully with his family beside him. Donald was a devoted husband to Elizabeth, loving brother to Annette; proud father to daughters Eleanor and Fiona; fond father-in-law to Justin and Evan; doting grandfather to Cieran and Eoin; a treasured friend, a talented teacher and a professional piper.
Monday November 10th, 2014
The 19th Annual George Sherriff Memorial runs this Saturday, November 15, 2014 at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church in Hamilton. The contest starts with the 6/8 marches at 10:00 A.M., followed by the Piobaireachd at 1:00 P.M., and the MSR at 7:30 P.M.
Further details may be found at http://ppbso.org/george-sherriff-memorial-invitational-competition.
Monday November 3rd, 2014
On the advice of the Music Committee, the Board of Directors has approved the following solo grade changes for the 2015 competition season.
Monday November 3rd, 2014
The Life Member Award is the highest award given to a member of the Pipers and Pipe
Band Society of Ontario. It is presented to Past Presidents and to individuals who have
made outstanding contributions to the Society. At the November 8, 2014 PPBSO AGM,
two distinguished members will receive a Life Member Award: Bob Worrall and