News and Notices
Thursday January 16th, 2014
Establishment of a New Professional Piobaireachd Grade
In recent years the number of professional piobairechd players has become too large to be adjudicated in a morning. Last year, for example, 22 entered at Georgetown. The PPBSO has decided to divide the professional piobaireachd into two grades called A and B.
Sunday December 29th, 2013
The following competitors have been selected for upgrade in the light music, piobaireachd and drumming categories. Band upgrades are listed at the bottom of the post.
Thursday November 7th, 2013
The PPBSO is pleased to present the biographies of some of our Champion Supreme winners for 2013. These dedicated individuals have worked hard to elevate their skills and progress in the art.
Wednesday November 6th, 2013
As the result of a motion passed at the Society AGM on Nov. 2, starting in 2015 Grade 4 bands will submit a mini-MSR instead of a march medley. The exact format of the MSR will be determined by the Music Committee.
Monday October 21st, 2013
The 18th Annual George Sherriff Memorial Invitational Competition
Saturday, November 16, 2013
St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church
70 James St. South, Hamilton, Ontario
Monday September 16th, 2013
Tickets for the annual PPBSO Highland Gala are now available on the Niagara Hamilton Branch website.
Wednesday August 14th, 2013
Pipers and Drummers at the Fergus Highland Games on Aug. 10th and 11th honoured Bruce Jones of London Ontario with Amazing Grace. Photo courtesy of John Riddell and Adam Gagnon.
Bruce passed away following the Forest City Celtic Pipe Bands competition at the Glengarry Highland Games in Maxville on Sat. Aug. 3rd. Coming off the field, Bruce was excited by the Band’s performance and commented to band members that he had never played better. Soon after he did not feel well and sought help from nearby Paramedics at the Games. He was immediately rushed to Alexandria Hospital, approximately 20 minutes away; however both paramedics and Hospital staff were unable to revive him.
Thursday August 8th, 2013
Maxville, Ontario was again the site of the Glengarry Highland Games, the crown jewel in the PPBSO’s competitive pipe band season. Fifty five bands in five grades competed for the title of North American Champions, on what was a mainly sunny day, interrupted only briefly by some short-lived showers. A full field of bands playing in front of a packed grandstand and crowded berm on the Maxville fairgrounds is indeed a sight and sound that may not be equaled anywhere in the world.