The passing of BCPA Life Member Jimmy Wilson

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BCPA Life Member and respected piping teacher Jimmy Wilson passed away on the morning of September 23, 2016. He taught hundreds of students over decades, mainly through the Richmond Pipe Bands he ran, and it was through his dedicated foundational teaching efforts that many players rose to become world champions in the Simon Fraser University…

2016 St. Andrew’s Ball: Saturday, November 19, 2016

Delta Police Pipe Band Recruiting New Members

The Delta Police Pipe Band is recruiting pipers, tenors and side drummers to join our talented team. We are a non-competition Parade and Performance Pipe and Drum Corps and we are very proud to represent the Delta Police Department and the Municipality of Delta at events throughout Canada and around the world. If you are…

Seaforth Highlanders of Canada Host Highland Homecoming – Saturday, September 24, 2016

The Seaforth Highlanders of Canada, Vancouver’s Infantry Regiment, invite all to attend Highland Homecoming, on Saturday, September 24, 2016. This day of celebration will include a parade, ceremonies and a military tattoo as the Regiment returns to the Seaforth Armoury at 1650 Burrard Street, after four years away. The event is free for all to…

2016/17 BCPA Membership Application/Renewal and Mini-Gatherings Online Entry Open

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BCPA new memberships and membership renewals for 2016/17 are now open here. You can use the online system or print out the PDF form and mail in. Also, the 2016/17 BCPA Mini-Gatherings online entry is now open here. For the Mini-Gatherings, only online entries are accepted. Please support the Association by renewing or taking out…

Piobaireachd Club begins their 2016/17 season on Friday October 21

The first Piobaireachd Club meeting of the 2016/17 season is on Friday, October 21 starting at 7:30 pm. It will be hosted by Ron Sutherland at his residence, 4169 Lions Avenue, North Vancouver, BC. Those who have not been before, it is in the highlands; which is fitting for piobaireachd. The feature piper will be…

Promotions for the 2016/17 season, Mini-Gatherings, Grand Aggregate Awards, and Membership Renewal

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Promotions for the 2016/17 season have been announced and are available on the Promotions page. Congratulations to all competitors for your dedicated practice last season. The 2016/17 BCPA Mini-Gatherings will be on Saturdays November 5 and February 18 at Pitt River Middle School, Port Coquitlam, BC. The 2016 BCPA Grand Aggregate Awards ceremony will take…

Myles Wilcott appointed Pipe Major of the Greighlan Crossing Pipe Band

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After a long and successful career, Pipe Major Graham Davidson of the Greighlan Crossing Pipe Band has retired, 14 years after founding the band. This past Labour Day weekend in Pleasanton, California, Graham passed the band to the newly appointed Pipe Major Myles Wilcott. Myles began piping as a child in Pine Falls, Manitoba originally…

September 4, 1976 – Triumph Street Pipe Band captures 4th prize at the Grade 1 European Championships

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Reminiscences by Pipe Major Hal Senyk Triumph Street in 1976 was a very young band – we were short on experience but developing confidence with our sound and musical presentation. We looked forward to our first trip to Scotland to compete in Grade 1 and get ourselves established as a legitimate Grade 1 band. In…

September 4, 1976 – Canadian Pacific Airlines Pipe Band wins the Grade 2 European Championship

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Congratulations to BCPA member prize winners at the 2016 summer major solo competitions in Scotland

BCPA would like to congratulate the following BCPA members for their achievements at this year’s Argyllshire Gathering (August 24-25), Cowal Highland Gathering (August 26), Northern Meeting (September 1-2), and Royal Braemar Highland Gathering (September 3). Jori Chisholm – 2nd Royal Braemar Highland Gathering Gold Medal Piobaireachd – 2nd Royal Braemar Highland Gathering March Alastair Lee…

August 28, 1976 – Canadian Pacific Airlines Pipe Band wins the Grade 2 Cowal Championship

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Reminiscences by Pipe Major Jack Lee 1976 was a very good year for the Canadian Pacific Airlines (“CP Air”) Pipe Band. The band really became a significant force in early 1975 and consisted of many strong young pipers and drummers. As I recall, pretty much everyone in the band at that time was competing at…

40th Anniversaries of the CP Air and Triumph Street Pipe Bands Cowal and European Championships prizes

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It was the summer of 1976. The Olympics were in Montreal. The United States was celebrating its bi-centennial. Long hair and disco music were in fashion. And in mid August, the Canadian Pacific Airlines Pipe Band under Pipe Major Jack Lee and Drum Sergeant Keith Manifold and the Triumph Street Pipe Band under Pipe Major…

The Passing of Ron Marconi – Portland Highland Games Trustee

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Ron Marconi passed away on August 3, 2016 after a brief battle with cancer. Ron was a Trustee of the Portland Highland Games and supported piping and drumming.  At the recent Portland Highland Games, he assisted by handing out the completed adjudication sheets to the competitors. His service will be at the Mt. Scott Funeral…

2015/16 Season Conclusion Thank You message

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With this the close of the 2015/16 BCPA competition season, from the Mini-Gatherings through to the Pacific Northwest Highland Games, 2,836 solo and band critique sheets were written by 60 unique adjudicators. Thank you to all individual players, bands, adjudicators, stewards, scorers, photographers, and other volunteers, and the highland games who again helped to produce…