News and Notices
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.
Monday July 27th, 2015
The band meeting for the grade 5 bands for Maxville will be held on Friday, July 31st at 11:00.
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.