2016 Annual Gathering Online Entry will be open on February 5

Online entries for the 2016 Annual Gathering will be open on February 5, with the link that will appear on the main page of the BCPA website ( www.bcpipers.org ) at that time. The Annual Gathering will take place this year on Friday March 25 and Saturday March 26 at the Clayton Heights Secondary School…

Vancouver Police Department recognizes two SFU Pipe Band members for bravery

On Tuesday, January 19, 2016 two members of the piping and drumming community, Brian and Graham Haddon, were awarded the Certificate of Merit for their roles in saving a woman injured in a traffic accident in August 2014. The Certificate of Merit is the highest civilian honour awarded by the Vancouver Police Board. Brian, a…

Boney Music Invitational Piping Competition and Recital – February 13, 2016

The BCPA is pleased to announce the Boney Music Invitational Piping Competition and Recital sponsored by Andrew Bonar. The top five pipers in the 2015 BCPA Open Piping Grand Aggregate standing will each perform a medley of various musical styles. The best performance will receive the newly sponsored Boney Music Invitational trophy. Date and Time:…

James P. Troy wins US Gold Medal Piobaireachd, Winter Storm, January 15, 2016, Kansas City, MO

James P Troy 2016 US Gold Medal winner (wide)

BCPA would like to congratulate the following BCPA member and area players for their competitive achievements at the 2016 Winter Storm on January 15 in Kansas City, MO. James P. Troy – 1st United States Gold Medal Piobaireachd John Lee – 2nd United States Silver Medal Piobaireachd Andrew Lee – 3rd North American Professional Ceol…

Notice of Rescheduled Special General Meeting – February 13, 2016

A Special General Meeting of the BC Pipers Association has been called by the BCPA Board of Directors for Saturday, February 13, 2016 from 3:00 – 5:00pm in the Halpern Centre, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby Campus. At site registration will begin at 2:30 pm. Free parking will be available in C Lot from 2:00 pm…

BCPA Annual Stewarding Conference – February 20, 2016

The BCPA Annual Stewards Conference takes place on Saturday, February 20, 2016 from 9:00 to 11:00 am at Pitt River Middle School, 2070 Tyner St, Port Coquitlam, BC V3C 2Z1. Those interested in becoming a BCPA Steward are also welcome to attend. For those who cannot attend in person at the school, the conference will…

Celebration of Life Tribute to P/M Andy Perrie, Vancouver Police Pipe Band, Jan 10, 2016

Glen Richards of the Vancouver Police Pipe Band has provided the following announcement on a celebration of life tribute to long time band member and pipe major Andy Perrie.   SAVE A DATE SUNDAY JANUARY 10, 2016 1:00PM TO 4:00PM TRIBUTE TO ANDY PERRIE LOCATION THE TAURUS CLUB UNIT 298 ADDRESS 3917 MAIN STREET VANCOUVER…

2016 Victoria Highland Games Association news release on the expansion of their Games

BCPA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING REMINDER

The Annual General Meeting of the BC Pipers Association will be on Saturday, December 12, 2015 from 10:00 am to 12 noon at the home of Vice President Lynn Bullis, 5670 Goldenrod Cres, Delta, BC, V4L 2G4. At site registration will begin at 9:30 am. The business for the meeting will be as indicated in…

British Columbia’s First Bagpipe Maker

Friday Piobaireachd Club Featuring Kevin McLean

A reminder of the Piobaireachd Club meeting this Friday, December 4 at the home of Jack and Christine Lee. Kevin McLean will be the featured piper for the evening playing The Red Speckled Bull. Kevin won the piobaireachd event at both the George Sherriff Memorial Amateur Invitational Solo Piping Competition and also at the Nicol-Brown…

The passing of Drum Major Ollie Hamilton, CD, Seaforth Highlanders of Canada Pipe Band

Drum Major Ollie Hamilton

Orville “Ollie” Hamilton, CD, longtime member and drum major of the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada Pipe Band, passed away peacefully on November 19, 2015, age 89. A celebration of life will be held at First Memorial Funeral Services, BurkeView Chapel, 1340 Dominion Ave, Port Coquitlam, on Saturday, November 28 at 11:00 am. Further details are…

BCPA Annual Pipe Bands Leadership Forum Conference rescheduled to Feb 6, 2016

The BCPA Annual Pipe Bands Leadership Forum Conference originally scheduled for the afternoon of Saturday November 28 has been rescheduled to Saturday, February 6, 2016 from 12:30 – 3:00 pm. The purpose of the conference is to review and discuss topics of importance to pipe bands for the 2016 year. The conference is open only…

BCPA Annual Instructors Conference rescheduled to Feb 6, 2016

The BCPA Annual Instructors Conference originally scheduled for the morning of Saturday November 28 has been rescheduled to Saturday, February 6, 2016 from 9:00 – 11:30 am. To ensure that members across our region can participate, the meeting will be held as a conference call using GoToTraining. Use the following link to register for the conference call…

Kevin McLean, 2nd overall in 2015 George Sherriff Memorial Amateur Piping Championship, November 21, 2015, Hamilton, Ontario

Kevin McLean 2015 George Sherriff Memorial 2nd overall (wide)

Kevin McLean captured 2nd place overall in the 2015 George Sherriff Memorial Amateur Piping Championship, November 21, 2015, in Hamilton, Ontario. Kevin placed 1st in the Piobaireachd, 3rd in the 6/8 Marches, and 5th in the March, Strathspey & Reel. Jack Toohey placed 4th in the March, Strathspey & Reel.