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A BIG THANK YOU to #NBC4NEWS for airing this on the news last night. We appreciate you helping to spread the word!

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***STOLEN BAGPIPE ALERT***

On the night of Tuesday November 27th, between 11:00pm and 1:00am, Pipe Major Trevor Takahashi's pipes were stolen out of his car, along with his laptop and laptop bag. The car was parked on the northwest corner of 9th and Grand in Downtown Los Angeles, and the front passenger window was bashed in to gain access to the car. A formal police report has been made, but we're hoping to get the word out to as many people as possible; both in and out of the Scottish/Pipe Band community.

Please see the attached photos and the descriptions below and alert the Pasadena Scots or Trevor directly via Facebook Messenger if you see any of these items for sale at Pawn Shops in the LA area, or online via sites like Offer Up, Craigslist, etc.

Trevor and the Pasadena Scots appreciate you spreading the word and taking the time to help in the hopes that we can recover his pipes.

INSTRUMENT CASE DESCRIPTION:
MAKE: Bagpipe Skin
MODEL: Deer
IDENTIFIABLE MARKS: California Tartan tied to handle, PASADENA SCOTS patch and luggage tags on the case as well

BAGPIPE DESCRIPTION:
MAKE: McCallum
YEAR: 2003
MODEL: AB2 (blackwood pipes with half mounted nickel/imitation ivory ferrules/mounts)
BAG COVER: Black sunbrella with metallic silver trim and PASADENA SCOTS rose logo embroidery.
BAG: Begg sheepskin
DRONE CORDS: Black silk
BLOWPIPE: Cameron Wylie adjustable
IDENTIFIABLE MARKS: None

ALSO IN THE CASE:
- McCallum Blackwood practice chanter with engraved nickel detail and "Pipe Major Trevor Takahashi" engraved text.
- McCallum McC² Solo Chanter, blackwood
- G1 Plastic Chanter with Yellow Tone Protector chanter top
- Black glengarry with black pom pom
- Plastic tupperware kit containing various piping supplies

MISC:
A black "Baggu" brand messenger bag with a MacBook Air (covered in stickers, including a PASADENA SCOTS sticker), and various other documents was also stolen.
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SOLO COMPETITOR UPGRADES FOR 2019

Congratulations to the following soloists in WUSPBA who will move up a grade for the 2019 season.

Novice Bass moving to Intermediate
Brendan O’Leary

Grade 4 Snare moving to 3
Ethan Braithwaite
Jeremiah Butterworth
Alana Deely
Teddy Duarte
Dylan Gates
Chase Simpson

Grade 2 Snare moving to 1
Raymond Marshall

Grade 4 Piping moving to 3
Zachary Arbios
Doug Copenhaver
Melody Farquhar Chang
Brennan Foley
Jessica Fowles
Brandon Fowles
Brad Hansen
Stephen Harrington
Marie Hollinger
Malachi Johanson
Ana Kelly
Megan Kennedy
Ewan Laplante
Laurel Leishman
Mathew Launer
Hugo McKay
Mathew Morrison
Andrew Murphy
Michael Nichols
Valerie Olivas
Ashton Steele
Chuck Riggs
Gillies Robertson
Nicholas San Juan
Bob Skinner
Robert Spetz
Andrea Stoller
Conner Studulski
John Verdin
William Wallace
Devon Watson

Grade 4 Piobaireachd moving to 3
Kariann Hibbard
Kathleen Madden
Brian Sheldon

Grade 3 Piping moving to 2
Noah Cox
Sam Duarte
Sean McRoberts
Kristopher Muse
Colin Speed
Stephanie Trudeau

Grade 3 Piobaireachd moving to 2
Harry Farrar
Allan Wood

Grade 2 Piping moving to 1
Timothy Burke

Well done on your performances this year!
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The 2018 WUSPBA AGM this past weekend was hard work for all involved. The Executive Committee met from 7 PM - 10 PM on Thursday, and the Executive Committee and Music Board met from 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM on Friday. The general session lasted from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM. Over 20 bylaws and changes to contest rules were reviewed, discussed, amended and considered. 31 different bands were represented, including all the Inter-Mountain Branch bands.

The 2019 AGM will be held in the Northern Branch, tentatively being planned for Sacramento, in early November. Look for more updates in the coming months.
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