From Andrew Lenz Jr., WUSPBA Webmaster: One of my projects is to compile a complete list of WUSPBA/PCPBA Past Presidents. It's been a bit of a challenge as memories are not perfect and records are very difficult to find. If you can contribute to this list, please contact me: Webmaster Contact Information
The first PCPBA AGM was held in January 1964 in Santa Maria.
The following have not be confirmed from written sources.
1963 [Interim president] Glen Smith (DM of the Caledonian Pipe Band) or Sam Sweetman
1964-1973 J. Stanley Patterson [Conficts 1970 claim by Janet MacLean.]
1974 Tom Kinnear
1975 Murdo MacDonald (United Scottish Society of Southern California)
1976* John McKernan (L.A. Scots.)
1976*-19?? Ozzie Reid
*John McKernan didn't serve a full term because he repatriated to Scotland with his daughter who married a fellow Scot from Edinburgh.
Chris Hossack: "I also think John Massie was President for a few years in the 70's or early 80's."
The following is a draft.
PCPBA - Pacific Coast Pipe Band Association
|1964||Stan Patterson||Calvin Biggar|
|1965||Stan Patterson||Calvin Biggar|
|1966||Stan Patterson||Calvin Biggar|
|1967||Stan Patterson||Calvin Biggar|
|1968||Stan Patterson||Calvin Biggar|
|1969||Stan Patterson||Calvin Biggar|
|1970||Stan Patterson||Ozzie Reid?||Calvin Biggar|
|1971||Stan Patterson||Calvin Biggar|
|1972||Stan Patterson||Calvin Biggar|
|1973||Stan Patterson||Calvin Biggar|
|1974||Tom Kinnear||Calvin Biggar|
|1975||Murdo MacDonald||Calvin Biggar|
|1976||Bill Casteen, M.D.??||Calvin Biggar|
|1977||Ozzie Reid||Calvin Biggar|
|1978||Ozzie Reid||Calvin Biggar|
|1979||Ozzie Reid||Calvin Biggar|
|1980||Ozzie Reid||Tony Clark-Stewart||Calvin Biggar|
|1981||Ozzie Reid||Les Joslin||Calvin Biggar|
|1982||Les Joslin||Mark Dennis||Calvin Biggar|
|1983||Les Joslin||Mark Dennis||Calvin Biggar|
|1984||Mark Dennis||Campbell Naismith||Christina Biggar|
In 1986 the PCPBA becomes...
WUSPBA - Western United States Pipe Band Association
|1986||Mark Dennis||Chris Hossack||Christina Biggar|
|1988||Chris Hossack||Jerry Golanty||Ozzie Reid|
|1989||Chris Hossack||Alan Weidlich||Ozzie Reid|
|1990||Chris Hossack||Alan Weidlich||Ozzie Reid|
|1991||Chris Hossack||Alan Weidlich||Ozzie Reid|
|1992||Chris Hossack||Alan Weidlich||Ozzie Reid|
|1993||Chris Hossack||Bill Merriman||Scott MacDonald|
|1994||Susan Thornton||Bill Merriman||John Creager|
|1995||Susan Thornton||Bill Merriman||John Creager/Margaret Craig*|
|1996||Susan Thornton||Liz Steuber||Jeff Mann|
|1997||Susan Thornton||Liz Steuber||Jeff Mann|
|1998||Tim Gladden||Liz Steuber||Drew McPheeters|
|1999||Tim Gladden||Jim Laughton||Drew McPheeters|
|2000||Chris Hossack||Jeff Mann||Drew McPheeters|
|2001||Chris Hossack||Kevin Blandford||Drew McPheeters|
|2002||Kevin Blandford||Stuart Baker||Amanda Hammond|
|2003||Kevin Blandford||Stuart Baker||Amanda Hammond|
|2004||Stuart Baker||Jan Richey||Lise Nelson|
|2005||Stuart Baker||Jan Richey||Lise Nelson|
|2006||Andrew Morrill||Jan Richey||Lise Nelson|
|2007||Andrew Morrill||Jan Richey||Lise Nelson|
|2008||Andrew Morrill||Jan Richey||Jeff Mann|
|2009||Andrew Morrill||John Biggar||Jeff Mann|
|2010||John Biggar||Jeff Mann||Mike Terry|
|2011||John Biggar||Mike Terry||Andrew Lenz Jr.|
|2012||John Biggar||Mike Terry||Andrew Lenz Jr.|
|2013||Jeff Mann||Stuart Baker||Andrew Lenz Jr.|
|2014||Jeff Mann||Stuart Baker||Erin Gunn|
|2015||Jeff Mann||Drew McPheeters||Erin Gunn|
|2016||Andrew Morrill||Drew McPheeters||Erin Gunn|
|2017||Andrew Morrill||Drew McPheeters||Erin Gunn|
|2018||Kevin Conquest||Drew McPheeters||Christina Marshall|
|2019||Kevin Conquest||Suzan Karayel||Christina Marshall|
|2020||Jeff Mann||Larry Erdmann||Christina Marshall|
*Note: John Creager resigned as Exec.Secretary mid-term and Margaret took over.
WUSPBA Life Members:
Stuart Baker - WUSPBA President 2004-2005
James "Jimmy" McColl - Piping Adjudicator, Gold Medalist Piper
Bill Merriman - Piping Adjudicator, WUSPBA Vice President 1993-1994
Tom Foley - Drumming Adjudicator, WUSPBA Newsletter Editor
Roddy Mackay - Long time Organizer of the Monterey (Calif.) Games, Drum Major
Andrew Morrill - WUSPBA President 2006-2009
Margaret Craig - Long time Games Organizer, Executive Secretary (partial-1995)
Jeff Mann - ANAPBA founder, WUSPBA administrator for over 17 years.
John Biggar - WUSPBA President 2010-2012, long time games organizer, son of Calvin & Christina Biggar, WUSPBA General Secretaries
The office of WUSPBA Past President carries an automatic Life Membership.
The following was compiled by John Creager, former WUSPBA Executive Secretary and first webmaster:
History of the WUSPBA
The Pacific Coast Pipe Band Association (PCPBA)
The following is from Emily Ann Donaldson's book, THE SCOTTISH HIGHLAND GAMES IN AMERICA, 1986, Pelican Publishing Company, Gretna. The comments in square brackets [ ] are my own, based on information from several of the early participants in the association - notably Calvin Biggar and Charles Capperauld.
On August 31, 1963, . . . representatives of several pipe bands from Northern and Southern California met in Santa Rosa [in the Town House Motel, across Santa Rosa Avenue from the El Rancho] to discuss the feasibility of forming a pipe band association. Several factors led to this meeting, including inadequate judging and lack of rules for band competitions.
The PCPBA was formally organized on January 18 and 19, 1964, in Santa Maria. A steering committee consisting of a chairman and ten members was elected to represent pipers and drummers from both areas of the state. They were:
Chairman: Sam Sweetman of San Francisco [piper, later in L.A. Scots]
Northern California members:
Pipe Major Thomas Arthur "Topmmy"
P/M Thomas "Tom" Kinnear [Lockheed Pipe Band about a year as PM]
Drum Sergeant John Paterson [San Francisco Caledonian P.B.]
Drum Major G. Allen Smith [San Francisco Caledonian P.B.]
Stan Patterson [piper and president, Lockheed Pipe Band]
Southern California members:
Trevor Atkinson [drummer, L.A. Scots]
John Hynd [piper, L.A. Scots]
P/M James McColl [Highland Society P.B., Los Angeles]
James Thomas [P/M James "Jim" Thomson, L.A. Scots]
P/M John Rosenberger [Cameron Highlanders of San Diego].
Expansion Beyond California
The PCPBA was founded to govern pipe bands in California and originally had two branches, the north and the south. The organization expanded in 1984 and went beyond the boundaries of California. The new intermountain branch included bands in such states as Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico.
End of material quoted from THE SCOTTISH HIGHLAND GAMES IN AMERICA
The WUSPBA is Born
The following is from my (John Creager) own recollection of the events and is open to corrections and additions.
In 1986, the Association was incorporated in the State of California, assuming the new name, The Western U. S. Pipe Band Association. The new name was intended to better reflect the wider region encompassed by the addition of states outside of California and well inland from the Pacific coast.
Reincorporated as a Nonprofit Corporation
In 1994, the WUSPBA reincorporated in the state of Nevada as a nonprofit corporation.
Ongoing WUSPBA History Project
The St. Andrew's Society of San Francisco has in its library the records of the association dating from its beginning up to the early 1990s. It is hoped that one of us will have the opportunity to review and copy some of this material soon.