The George Sherriff Memorial Invitational is cancelled for 2020. The date of the contest was to have been November 21. Unfortunately, for a wide variety of reasons, it would be impossible to run a live competition. The decision to cancel has been made after surveying previous competitors, adjudicators, and our … Continue reading →
The Executive Committee has been planning for the 2020 Annual General Meeting for the last several months. Naturally, the most challenging aspect of the planning revolves around the COVID situation, and so the AGM will be conducted on-line via Zoom. The AGM is scheduled for 24 October, 2020. The AGM … Continue reading →
The WUSPBA is not in a position to offer advice for safely gathering bands together in-person for rehearsals, performances, parades, and the like. Instead, we can offer some ideas for how to keep the music alive, keep band members motivated, and have fun with piping while we’re enduring various degrees … Continue reading →
Redding Bagpipe Competition Fred Morrison judged the piobaireachd competition. This was a youtube competition so participants could send in their best performance. The group has a facebook page and web address reddingbagpipecompetition.com. Competitors entered from around the world. West Coast Pipers Online Solo Competition The West Coast Pipers conducted a “live” … Continue reading →
Utah Scottish Association Virtual Highland Games The Utah Scottish Association queried bands and soloists for videos of past piping performances, and posted them on the day that the Utah Scottish Festival and Highland Games, 12 – 14 June. AGM The Great Basin Branch AGM will be conducted via Zoom on … Continue reading →
1. SAVE THE DATE AND PLAN AHEAD! The WUSPBA On-Line Solo Piping and Drumming Championships will take place in October. Rules and event details will be announced September 20, and you’ll have until October 10 to make and submit your videos. There will be no entry fee. Watch for a message on September 20 for more information.
2. RE-GRADE REQUEST APPLICATIONS ARE DUE SEPTEMBER 20. The official form and information on what to include in your request can be found at wuspba.org/solo-and-band-grading-applications/. Remember, the Music Board will not be initiating any re-grades on its own.
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Solo and Band Grading Information The Music Board will review the placement of soloists on an annual basis to assure that all bands and solo competitors are competing in the most appropriate grade to preserve the integrity of the associations grading systems and for the fairness of all competitors.....
August 30: State of WUSPBA: A quarterly “State of the WUSPBA” address will be held this Sunday evening, August 30, 2020 beginning at 8:00 p.m. Mountain/ 7:00 Pacific. During this address a general overview of the projects and work that the WUSPBA Executive Committee and Music Board, along with other committee work, will be presented. AGM information will be announced at this time along with music board updates and financial information. Everyone is encouraged to attend. The meeting is scheduled to last about 1 hour. Please PM us or check your emails for the Zoom link.
September 9: Bylaws and contest rule changes due (to be voted on at AGM).
September 20: Solo regrade applications due.
The zoom link for the State of WUSPBA should be in your inbox. If you cannot find it and need the link, please send us a message! ...
We are saddened to report that Penny Mason, wife of past music board chair and longtime WUSPBA member Bob Mason, passed away on August 12th. Bob, our hearts and love go out to you and your family in this difficult time.
All: Due to an unpredictable year, the music board has spent the last few weeks making changes to the re-grade process for the upcoming season.
SOLOIST: All solo re-grades MUST be requested by the soloist - there will be no music board initiated solo re-grades. Results from online competitions can be used, but the soloist MUST provide all the contest results/sheets. Re-grade applications are due by September 15th.
BAND: The band grade designated for 2020 will carry forward to 2021. If a band undergoes a significant roster change and wants to re-grade, they may submit their request as usual, with a due date of September 15th.
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