Memorial: Jim MacDonald 8/28/1932 – 7/23/2014

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Jim MacDonald, a past member of the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada and a past President of the BCPA in the 1970s passed away on July 16. His Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at Victory Memorial Park Funeral Centre, 14831 28th Avenue, Surrey. Further details are at http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/theprovince/obituary.aspx?n=james-macdonald&pid=171800443#sthash.dwRUGEwv.dpuf 

News, Photos, Flickr, Penticton Schedule, Adjudicators, Aggregates…

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Announcing the new Flickr photo albums for BCPA. Visit our Photo Albums for new photos from the BC Highland Games, Bellingham Highland Games and the Annual Gathering, or follow us on flickr by clicking the image below. Note; the current page isn’t working well on most mobile devices; we’re investigating options to address that (it’s a…

2014 Bellingham Highland Games schedules and Order of Play posted

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The links on the BCPA website are updated with the order of play, solo piping and solo drumming platform and band schedules (see below) for the Saturday, June 7 Bellingham Highland Games.  The previously posted schedule had last year’s events from the balanced competition schedule. This is the updated 2014 Bellingham Band Schedule: Grade 5 Quick…

Memorial: Colin MacRae Sr. 11/7/1928 – 4/20/2014

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Colin MacRae Sr. was widely respected and admired for his influence on piping in the Northwest. The son of Alexander MacRae, founder of the Washington Scottish and the Seattle Pipe Bands, he started taking piping lessons in 1939 from Alistair MacMillan of Tacoma in the old style of Piobaireachd and was long strongly involved in the Northwest…

Celebration of the life of Willie McErlean

A celebration of the life of Willie McErlean will take place on Monday, May 5 at 2:00 pm at the Westwood Plateau Golf and Country Club, 1630 Parkway Blvd, Coquitlam, BC V3E 2Y5 Directions are at  http://www.westwoodplateaugolf.com/contact-us/maps-directions/

The Passing of Willie McErlean, Life Member – Updated

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Willie McErlean, BCPA Life Member, Adjudicator, and former Lead Drummer of the Triumph Street Pipe Band, passed away on April 25. Willie’s innovative and highly musical drumming style, influenced by his jazz drumming studies under Joe Morello of the Dave Brubeck Quartet, had a significant impact on many drummers and bands, not just within the…

Steve Geddes Memorial Celebration April 26

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A celebration of the life of Steve Geddes will take place on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm at the Comfort Inn, 3020 Blanshard St, Victoria, BC. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the charity of your choice.  

Bruce Gandy, Grant Maxwell, and Mackenzie Webster capture top solo awards at BCPA Annual Gathering

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Bruce Gandy won the Professional Piping aggregate and the MacCrimmon Memorial Cairn for Piobaireachd, Grant Maxwell captured the Professional Side Drumming aggregate, and Mackenzie Webster won the Professional Tenor Drumming aggregate at the BC Pipers’ Association 82nd Annual Gathering on April 18 and 19 at Clayton Heights Secondary School in Surrey, BC. John Lee took…

Live streaming of the BCPA Annual Gathering events – Update

The fourth live broadcast of BCPA TV Season 4 will be this Friday and Saturday, April 18-19, 9:00 am – 7:00 pm Pacific Time each day featuring the Professional Piping and Drumming events and the pipe band competitions of the 82nd BC Pipers’ Association Annual Gathering. The session will include a video and audio stream,…