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Announcements Archive: 2007





12-13-2007 • Solo Results for David Barclay Memorial available —

Attention Getter The official results for the solo contests at David Barclay Memorial Competition are now posted. (Click on Results in the menu at the upper left.)


12-4-2007 • Online Solo Registration/Renewal now available —

Attention Getter Paying your solo membership dues can now easily be done online. Click on "How to Join" in the menu at the upper left then follow the "online solo membership registration" link . . . or just click here: Online Solo Registration. Dues are due in by January 15th, but please renew early.


11-29-2007 • New Piping/Drumming Judges List —

Attention Getter A revised Adjudicator list has been uploaded. (Click on Judging Information in the menu at the upper left.)


11-19-2007 • Southern Branch 2008 AGM Information —

Attention Getter The Southern Branch AGM will be the Saturday evening after the closing massed bands at the Queen Mary Contests, as they were last year. Offices up for election/re-election are President for a two year term, and Treasurer for a two year term. The Southern Branch initiated a Scholarship Program for attendees at three piping and drumming schools in 2007 and that this program is expected to continue in 2008 and beyond. Financial assistance to the three schools is also expected to continue as we want these schools to continue to be offered in the Southern Branch area. Special financial assitance to pipers and drummers in need and who have been invited to perform at special out of area events will also continue. The presence of an on-site Southern Branch WUSPBA representative at each contest offered within the Southern Branch area will also continue. - John Partanen, SB President.


11-18-2007 • WUSPBA 2007 AGM Closes —

Attention Getter The AGM ended November 18th. AGM Meeting minutes and bylaws changes will be online soon.


11-12-2007 • Solo Results for Tucson Games available —

Attention Getter The official results for the solo contests at Tucson Games are now posted. (Click on Results in the menu at the upper left.)


11-6-2007 • Adjudicator exams at the AGM —

Attention Getter This year at the AGM we are offering two adjudicator exams for those individuals still needing to take the exams to meet the 2007 deadline. The exams offered will be the solo piping/band piping and the solo drumming/band drumming.

Please contact ken.sutherland@stanfordalumni.org if you plan to take one of the exams at the AGM.

In 2008 we will shift focus to the ensemble exam and the piobaireachd exam.

Ken Sutherland
WUSPBA Music Board Chair


10-31-2007 • Officer Nominations for Election at AGM —

Attention Getter Election of officers at 2007 Annual General Meeting. Offices in WUSPBA are on a two-year rotation. The offices up for re-election are:

President: currently Andrew Morrill, who is running for president again

Band Registrar: currently Jeff Mann, who is not running again
See the Association bylaws for duties of the Registrar. Here are a few other practical considerations:
* Must be computer-savvy, as most of the Registrar duties are handled electronically
* Knowledge of Microsoft Access database software helpful, or willingness to learn
* Ability to convert documents to PDF
* Good emailing capabilities

Executive Secretary: currently Lise Nelson, who is not running again
See the Association bylaws for duties of the Executive Secretary. Here are a few other practical considerations:
* Computer-savvy with good email capabilities
* Good communicator
* Organized

Volunteer organizations run on the participation of members. Serving on the Executive Committee or on your branch board is a way of giving back to the community that has given you so much. Please consider running for one of the positions. It's a good way to learn the workings of the association, the issues affecting the membership, and to meet new people. Not to mention, helping the Association to grow.

Thanks for all you do!

Respectfully submitted,

Lise Nelson
Executive Secretary


10-31-2007 • Solo Results for Seaside, Loch Lomond, and PM Angus McDonald available —

Attention Getter The official results for the solo contests at Seaside, Loch Lomond, and PM Angus McDonald are now posted. (Click on Results in the menu at the upper left.)


10-25-2007 • Band Results for Seaside available —

Attention Getter The official results for the band contests at Seaside are now posted. (Click on Results in the menu at the upper left.)


10-18-2007 • AGM Workshop Presenters are set —

Attention Getter Sean Somers and Peter Hendrickson of the Alberta Caledonia Pipe Band (Grade I) will be presenting at the AGM. (Click on AGM in the menu at the upper left for more information.)



10-16-2007 • AGM Proposals for bylaws and rules changes —

Attention Getter Proposed bylaw and rules changes are now available. These proposals will be voted on at the AGM on November 17 in Las Vegas. Election of officers will also take place. (Click on AGM in the menu at the upper left.)



10-6-2007 • Solo Results for Pleasanton Updated —

Attention Getter The official results for the solo contests at Pleasanton have been updated to include the previously missing piobaireach contests. (Click on Results in the menu at the upper left.)



9-26-2007 • Band Results for Longs Peak available —

Attention Getter The official results for the band contests at Longs Peak are now posted. (Click on Results in the menu at the upper left.)


9-24-2007 • Solo Results for Longs Peak available —

Attention Getter The official results for the solo contests at Longs Peak are now posted. (Click on Results in the menu at the upper left.)


9-20-2007 • Want to Propose a Bylaw or Contest Rule Change? —

Attention Getter From Lise Nelson, Executive Secretary in regard to the upcoming AGM: Proposed bylaws or contest rules changes should be submitted to the Executive Secretary (include email address) by no later than October 8. Please be sure to include contact information should there be a need for questions or clarifications.
Email to exec-secretarysymbol for at signwuspbasymbol for periodorg. Please note, the wuspba.org addresses don't accept attachments, so if you can't include the change in the body of the message, email me for an address that does accept attachments.
Thanks very much, see you at the AGM!


9-16-2007 • The Annual General Meeting is coming up! —

Attention Getter Please read the official announcements regarding the upcoming November AGM. (Click on Annual General Meeting in the menu at the upper left.)


9-16-2007 • Solo Results for Payson Utah plus update to Pomona Games —

Attention Getter The official results for the solo contests at Payson Utah are now posted. The Pomona Games results have been updated. (Click on Results in the menu at the upper left.)


9-12-2007 • Solo Results for Pleasanton and Jackson Hole Available —

Attention Getter The official results for the solo contests at Pleasanton and Jackson Hole are now posted. Also an update to the Sacramento results has been made. (Click on Results in the menu at the upper left.)


9-10-2007 • Band Results for Pleasanton and Jackson Hole Available —

Attention Getter The official results for the band contests at Pleasanton and Jackson Hole are now posted. (Click on Results in the menu at the upper left.) Please note that Grade 4 QMM is not included in the aggregate as there were adjudication errors which left most of the bands without scores. Those members of the Executive Committee at the Pleasanton Games ruled that the QMM scores would not count towards aggregate.


8-24-2007 • Solo/Band Results for Idaho International Dance and Music Festival Available —

Attention Getter The official results for the solo/band contests at the Idaho International Dance and Music
Festival held in Rexburg, Idaho are now posted. (Click on Results in the menu at the upper left.)


8-23-2007 • Band Results for Colorado Scottish Festival and Rocky Mountain Highland Games (Denver-Highlands Ranch) Available —

Attention Getter The official results for the band contests at the Colorado Scottish Festival and Rocky Mountain Highland Games (Denver-Highlands Ranch) are now posted. (Click on Results in the menu at the upper left.)


8-20-2007 • Solo Results for Elizabeth and Denver Games Available —

Attention Getter The official results for the solo contests at the Elizabeth and Denver Games are now posted. (Click on Results in the menu at the upper left.)


8-11-2007 • WUSPBA Drum Major wins Worlds' Adult DM Championship —

Attention Getter Jason Pagio, drum major for the Kevin R. Blandford Memorial Pipe Band won the Adult Drum Major World Championships on August 11th in Glasgow, Scotland. WUSPBA DM Judge Mickie Shaw believes that this is the first time that an overseas, non-British, drum major has won this title. Two other WUSPBA association drum majors also place highly at the Worlds. Kevin MacHeffner of LA Scots placed 6th in the finals and Robert La Var of Mesa Caledonia placed for the first time in the Novice Junior contest taking 4th.


7-23-2007 • Solo Results for Pomona, Monterey, and San Diego Available —

Attention Getter The official results for the solo contests at the Pomona, Monterey, and San Diego Games are now posted. (Click on Results in the menu at the upper left.)


7-20-2007 • Band Results for Monterey Available —

Attention Getter The official results for the band contests at the Monterey Games are now posted. (Click on Results in the menu at the upper left.)


7-11-2007 • Band Results for San Diego Available —

Attention Getter The official results for the band contests at the San Diego Games are now posted. (Click on Results in the menu at the upper left.)


7-10-2007 • Band Results for Pomona and Payson Available —

Attention Getter The official results for the band contests at the Pomona Games and Payson Games are now posted. (Click on Results in the menu at the upper left.)


6-27-2007 • Band Results for Campbell Available —

Attention Getter The official results for the band contests at the Campbell Games are now posted. (Click on Results in the menu at the upper left.)


6-13-2007 • Band Results for Utah Highland Available —

Attention Getter The official results for the band contests at the Utah Highland Games are now posted. (Click on Results in the menu at the upper left.)


6-12-2007 • Solo Results for Rio Grand, Salt Lake and Sacramento (update) Available —

Attention Getter Solo results from the Rio Grande and Salt Lake games are now posted as well as updated results from the Sacramento Valley Scottish Games. (Click on Results in the menu at the upper left.)


6-7-2007 • Updated Bylaws and Contest Rules Posted —

Attention Getter Revised Bylaws and Contests Rules approved at the November AGM are now online. The Executive Secretary apologizes for the oversight which let to this delay. (Click on Rules & Bylaws in the menu at the upper left.)


6-1-2007 • Band Results for Rio Grande Available —

Attention Getter The official results for the band contests at the Rio Grande Games are now posted. (Click on Results in the menu at the upper left.)


5-18-2007 • Additional Band Results Added for Sacramento Valley Scottish —

Attention Getter The additional results for the band contests at the Sacramento Valley Scottish Games are now posted, previously only partial results were posted. (Click on Results in the menu at the upper left.)


5-16-2007 • Solo Results for Sacramento Valley Scottish Games Available —

Attention Getter The official results for the solo contests at the Sacramento Valley Scottish Games are now posted. (Click on Results in the menu at the upper left.)


5-11-2007 • Band Results for Sacramento Valley Scottish Available —

Attention Getter The official results for the band contests at the Sacramento Valley Scottish Games are now posted. (Click on Results in the menu at the upper left.)


5-3-2007 • 2006 Solo Drumming Results Revised —

Attention Getter Due to an error in the 2006 Las Vegas results, the solo drumming results for those games as well as the solo aggregates have been revised. (Click on Results in the menu at the upper left.)


5-2-2007 • Bakersfield and Las Vegas Solo Results Now Online —

Attention Getter The officials results for the solo contests at the Bakersfield and Desert Highland Games (Las Vegas) are now posted. (Click on Results in the menu at the upper left.)


5-1-2007 • AGM Date/Location Announced —

Attention Getter The 2007 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Western US Pipe Band Association will be held November 16-18, 2007, at the Clarion Hotel and Suites Emerald Springs in Las Vegas, Nevada. Further details will be announced as the date approaches.


4-24-2007 • Las Vegas Desert Highland Games Band Results Now Online —

Attention Getter The officials results for the band contest at the Desert Highland Games (Las Vegas) are now posted. (Click on Results in the menu at the upper left.)


4-12-2007 • Educational scholarships —

Attention Getter The WUSPBA Southern Branch is offering educational scholarships to WUSPBA members for schools held in Southern California. There are no age or branch restrictions. Four $100.00 scolarships for drummers, and two $100.00 scholarships for pipers at the Ian Whitelaw "Week in Paradise" Piping & Drumming School. Also four $100.00 piping scholarships are also being offered for the College of Piping School this summer. Applicants must send in a 500 word or less background essay asking for the scholarship to the Southern Branch Secretary, Coni Canino, then the Southern Branch Executive Committee will review all of them and make a decision. Please contact the Southern Branch with any questions. (Click on Administration in the menu at the upper left for Southern Branch contact information.)


3-7-2007 • Queen Mary and Mesa Solo Results Available —

Attention Getter The officials results for the solo contests at the Queen Mary and Mesa games are now posted. (Click on Results in the menu at the upper left.)


3-7-2007 • Mesa Band Results Available —

Attention Getter The officials results for the band contest at the Mesa games are now posted. (Click on Results in the menu at the upper left.)


3-2-2007 • 2007 Queen Mary Band Results Available —

Attention Getter The officials results for the band contest at the 2007 Queen Mary games are now posted. (Click on Results in the menu at the upper left.)


3-2-2007 • Almost Final 2006 BAND Results Available —

Attention Getter The final results for the Bands 2006 Competition Season have been revised and are expecting one addtional revision for Grade IV at Seaside. (Click on Results in the menu at the upper left.)


2-24-2007 • Change in date of Monterey School —

Attention Getter The date of the Monterey Bay (National Piping Centre) School of Piping and Drumming has officially been changed to July 1st to the 6th, 2007, so people could attend the Monterey Games and school the same week. See the Events page for more information.


2-23-2007 • Final 2006 BAND Results Available —

Attention Getter The final results for the Bands 2006 Competition are now available. (Click on Results in the menu at the upper left.)


2-18-2007 • Southern Branch Update —

Attention Getter The Southern Branch of WUSPBA held a meeting at the Queen Mary Games on Saturday, February 17, 2007. Eight bands were in attendance, which constituted a quorum. The meeting was therefore an official AGM and elections were held.

President: John Partanen
Vice President: Ed Best
Treasurer: Gary Speed
Secretary: Coni Canino

For more information, contact Coni Canino at coni [at] ix.netcom [dot] com.

Congratulations to the Southern Branch on a successful meeting.


2-15-2007 • Southern Branch meeting update —

Attention Getter To all members:
The Executive Committee has received and inquired about complaints that Southern Branch bands have not received adequate notice of the upcoming Southern Branch General Meeting referenced in John Partanen's e-mail message to President Andrew Morrill, which is copied below, verbatim and in its entirety.

The Executive Committee has also inquired into the claims made by John Partenen that adequate notice was provided to the Southern Branch bands.

Based on its own investigation, the Executive Committee has concluded that reasonable attempts were made to notify the Southern Branch bands of the upcoming meeting, in compliance with the applicable Bylaws. If a quorum of the Southern Branch bands attend and participate at this meeting, and the meeting is otherwise conducted in accordance with the Bylaws, actions taken at that meeting will be deemed to be in compliance with the Bylaws.

The Executive Committee encourages the Southern Branch to take an active role in Association matters. The Executive Committee also hopes that the Southern Branch members understand that, like the Southern Branch, the Executive Committee is required to act in accordance with the Bylaws of the Association, irrespective of any "DEMAND" or threat of "CONSEQUENCES".

Respectfully submitted,
Lise Nelson
Executive Secretary, WUSPBA
for the Executive Committee

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John Partanen <spsrnd [at] hotmail [dot] com> 02/13/07 10:58 AM

ANDREW [Morrill]: I asked for notices to be posted regarding the Southern Branch AGM to be held at the Queen Mary Contests more than 60 days prior! As many members as possible were notofied by email in JANUARY 2007. There are a few email addresses posted within the WUSPBA info that are no longer valid, and other bands within the area where these voids have occurred have notofied these bands. In short, I do not believe there is a single band within the Southern Branch, or damn few solo members and contest sponsors that do not know there will be a Southern Branch AGM at the Queen Mary Contests, on Saturday Feb. 17th.

I expect there will be more than 1/3 of the member bands present, (8 or more for the required quorum), unless there are other member bands that I'm not aware of lobbying other member bands NOT to attend the meeting, (and I have heard rumours of this, and can only wonder what in the HELL is in this member band's mind, unless they like a Southern Branch that is inactive and does nothing!!!). IF a quorum is present at the scheduled AGM, there will be a financial statement presented, and there will be elections, and the Southern Branch will return to active status! There will be NO OTHER AGM's scheduled, as suggested by the note in the announcement the WUSPBA has posted regarding this meeting.

Personally, I find the note suggesting that this meeting is not to be recognized as a Southern Branch AGM counter-productive and devisive. I am shocked and disappointed that you and the Eexcutive Committee of the WUSPBA have taken this action. THERE WILL BE CONSEQUENCES! YOU AND THE REST OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE WILL NOT LIKE THE CONSEQUENCES!

Given a quorum, there will be elections, and there will be DEMANDS that you and the rest of the WUSPBA Executive Committee recognize these elections. As previously stated in numerous emails to the Southern Branch member bands, nominations for the offices will be taken from the membership in attendance. These will be LEGAL elections, given that a quorum is present. If you and the rest of the WUSPBA Executive Committee choose to NOT recognize these legal elections, you and the rest of the Executive Committee will be taking ILLEGAL actions! (I hope I've made myself crystal clear regarding this matter!)

The most appropriate LEGAL actions for you and the WUSPBA Executive Committee to take are:
1) Remove the note from the WUSPBA website suggesting that the sceduled meeting for the Southern Branch is not an AGM immediately.
2) Post a further announcement that all member bands, solo members, and contest sponsors should attend the scheduled Southern Branch AGM to be held at the Queen Mary Contests Saturday, Feb 17th, 2007 following the band contests that day. Your cooperation is anticipated....

John Eric Partanen, PhD Acting President, Southern Branch, WUSPBA
#0193PP



2-9-2007 • Southern Branch Meeting at Queen Mary Games —

Attention Getter A meeting of the Southern Branch of WUSPBA will be held at the upcoming Queen Mary Games.

Time: Saturday, February 17, 2007, immediately after the band contests
Location: in the beer tent area
Business: The stated business is election of officers. However, SEE NOTE BELOW.

For more information, contact:
Gary Speed, Acting Southern Branch Treasurer, mppb {at} earthlink {dot} net
John Partenan, Acting Southern Branch President, spsrnd {at} hotmail {dot} com

Note from the Executive Committee:
Please be advised that The Executive Committee is not certain that notification of the meeting was sent to branch members 30 days in advance, as required by bylaws. If under 30 days, this meeting cannot serve as an AGM.

The EC's suggestion is that branch members present at the meeting discuss business matters, and determine a place and time to hold a formal AGM, perhaps at the Pomona games. Then request the email addresses of all Southern Branch members from the Solo and Band Registrars and email a summary, proposed agenda, and time and place of the AGM to all branch members, at least 30 days in advance of the meeting. This summary should also invite nominations for candidates for election. In this way all members will be aware of branch business and can make plans to be represented at the meeting.

This is in no way meant to discount the work that John Partenan and Gary Speed have done to reestablish the Southern Branch bank account and many other things. They have worked hard under difficult conditions.


1-25-2007 • Solo Results for 2006 Updated —

Attention Getter The contest results for 2006 have been updated for solos. If you have any questions regarding solo results, please contact the Solo Registrar. Please note that the posted results do not include results from the Queen Mary competition as the score sheets for this venue were lost. (Steps are being taken to prevent this in the future.) If you competed at this venue please contact the Solo Registrar.


1-22-2007 • Band Registration Correction —

Attention Getter In the band registration mailing, there was a clerical error as to where the completed registration forms were to be sent. The correct address is: WUSPBA, 3949 E. Desmond Lane, Tucson, Arizona 85712-3304. The Band Registrar apologizes for the error.


1-8-2007 • Ken Sutherland's AGM Workshops Outlines available —

Attention Getter At the November AGM, Ken Sutherland made two workshop presentations regarding the judging of band competitions. Ken has kindly made available the outlines for these two talks. (Click on Annual General Meeting in the menu at the upper left.)


1-1-2007 • AGM Minutes posted & Events revised for 2007 —

Attention Getter The Executive Secretary has made the official minutes for the November AGM available. (Click on Annual General Meeting in the menu at the upper left.) Also the Events page has been been updated to reflect the new year. (Click on Events in the menu at the upper left.)


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