News and Notices
Monday October 20th, 2014
On the advice of the Music Committee, the Board of Directors has approved the following grade changes for bands for the 2015 competition season:
Grade 2 to 1: Ottawa Police Service Pipe Band
Grade 3 to 2: Paris/Port Dover Pipe Band
Grade 4 to 3: Rob Roy Pipe Band
Grade 5 to 4: Hamilton Police Pipes and Drums; and the Pipes and Drums of Lindsay
Tuesday September 30th, 2014
The Society will be holding its Annual “Highland Gala” on November 8th 2014. This is an opportunity to celebrate our Champion Supreme winners for the 2014 season. All Champion Supreme Soloists as well as Champion Supreme winning bands will be recognized. Champion Supreme Bands will be putting on a short show.
The Gala will be held on November 8th Brant Park Inn, 19-Holiday Inn Drive, Brantford, with the doors opening at 6:15 p.m. You are invited to take this opportunity to celebrate with the winners as well as connect with old friends and new acquaintances in the piping community.
Tickets are available on line through the Niagara-Hamilton Branch.
Tuesday September 16th, 2014
PPBSO Music Committee members have heard concerns from Grade 4 bands regarding the selection of appropriate music for the Mini-MSR which they will play for the first time this season. As a result the committee has arranged a teleconference call for Grade 4 band leaders. Committee members, joined by Ed Neigh, will be available to answer questions regarding music choices and any other concerns that bands have regarding this event.
The call will be held Wed. Sept. 24 at 8:00 p.m. To participate bands should contact Sharon Duthart at the PPBSO office for details on how to join the conversation.
Wednesday August 13th, 2014
At the 2013 Annual General Meeting, a motion was approved to replace the grade 4 band March Medley requirement with a “mini-MSR”. Working with that guidance, the Board of Directors and the Music Committee have approved the following for the 2015 season.
Bands must play 4 parts of two-four march, four parts of strathspey, and four parts of dot-cut reel. Also, the Music Committee decided that bands may use either two two-parted or one four-parted tune in each time signature. To lessen the burden on the bands, if they choose they may use the same strathspey music in both the Medley and Mini-MSR. This was all passed by the Board and will be part of the rule book for next year.
With the ability to play either two-parted or four-parted tunes, bands have a great latitude in the simplicity/difficulty of the music they choose to play. The Music Committee encourages bands to select music that they can play at appropriate tempos.
For additional clarity, the medley requirements for grade 4 bands remain unchanged.
Tuesday August 12th, 2014
With both the 78th Frasers and Peel Regional Police either in Scotland already or making preparations to travel to the World Pipe Band Championships, it was left to the Toronto Police to provide the lone performance in the Grade 1 medley contest at Fergus on the first day of the 2 day Scottish Festival on August 9, 2014. Warm, sunny weather returned to the scene after the previous week’s unsettled climate in Maxville.
Wednesday August 6th, 2014
The skies threatened mayhem, but failed to fully deliver, as the 78th Highlanders (Halifax Citadel) Pipe Band were crowned North American champions at the 67th running of the Glengarry Highland Games in Maxville Ontario on August 2, 2014.
In becoming what may be the youngest Pipe Major of a winning Grade 1 band at Maxville, Alex Gandy led his charges, which included his father, Bruce, to three 1st place marks in the medley, and a strong 2nd place finish in the MSR to claim the overall title. In what was clearly a “78th” type of day, the 78th Fraser Highlanders from Ontario finished 2nd overall, winning the MSR in the process. In 3rd place, despite winning the “best pipes” designation on the day, was the Toronto Police Pipe Band. Peel Regional Police rounded out the grade 1 field. Watching on proudly as her grandson and son-in-law marched off the field as champions was June Rollo, accompanied by uncle and brother-in-law, Jimmy Rollo and mother and wife, Beverley Gandy.
Wednesday July 30th, 2014
Please note that updated 2014 Champion Supreme Points for both bands and solo competitors are posted on this website. Click on “Competitions” on the menu bar above, and choose either the band or solo links.
You can also access them by clicking on the links below.
Monday July 28th, 2014
At the recent Cambridge Highland Games, home to the Canadian Pipe Band Chanpionships, pipes|drums Magazine (www.pipesdrums.com) recorded what is believed to be the first video ever shot of an actual competing pipe band from inside the circle. pipes|drums, an Ontario-based publication, cleared the way with the Ottawa Police Pipe Band, the PPBSO and the contest adjudicators in order to gain this unprecedented access. The result is a spectacular insider’s view to what it is like to be on the inside of a high-level pipe band in the competition circle. Thanks to pipes|drums publisher Andrew Berthoff for recording this rare footage, and for sharing with us.