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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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Outcome of Bylaw and Contest Rule Proposals at the 2018 WUSPBA Annual General Meeting:

BL1 - Branch AGMs - Passed
BL2 - Juvenile Band Definition - Passed with Amendments
BL3 - Oustide Association Band Grading - Passed
BL4 - Late Fee Exemption - Passed
BL5 - Nonparticipation Rebate - Passed with Amendments
BL6 - Suspension of Membership - Failed
BL7 - Unsanctioned Contest Penalty - Passed

CR1 - Light Music and Piobaireachd Grades - Passed
CR2 - Emergency Bass Drum Substitution - Passed with Amendments
CR3 - Solo MSR Terminology -Passed
CR4 - Games Sponsors Local Rules - Failed
CR5 - Grade 5 and Juvenile Bands Restrictions - Failed
CR6 - Good Standing and Inclusion - Failed
CR7 - Eliminate MiniMSR and Add QMM - Failed
CR8 - Instructor Policy Proposal - Failed
CR9 - Dual Musicians - Passed
CR10 - Band MSR Clarification - Passed with Amendments
CR11 - Arrival at Starting Line - Withdrawn and resent to committee
CR12 - Drumming Accompaniment Revision - Passed
CR13 - Midsection Competition - Passed with Amendments

Of special note, all proposals were passed or rejected by unanimous vote.

The contest rules will be posted to the WUSPBA website in the coming weeks.

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Outcome of Elections at the 2018 WUSPBA Annual General Meeting, Oct 27th:

Vice President: Suzan Karayel (unopposed)
Solo Registrar: Lezlie Mann (re-elected and unopposed)
Sanctioning Secretary: Amara Reddick (re-elected and unopposed)

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The general session of the WUSPBA AGM starts at 08:00 Saturday Oct 27th. The intent is to finish the session before adjourning for lunch, but if there is too much to cover, we will have a lunch break, and reconvene until finished.

A social gathering is planned for Saturday evening at Slatterys Irish Pub, 5364 Greenwood Plaza Blvd, Greenwood Village, CO. Slattery's is located in the Landmark Center off Belleview and I-25. The gathering will start after 5:00 PM.

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