New Penticton event brings to life old Celtic traditions July 5th

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A new event will bring the culture of the Scottish Highlands to the Okanagan Valley this summer. The first annual Penticton Scottish Festival is confirmed for Saturday July 5, 2014 at King’s Park in Penticton, BC. “We’re inviting all pipe bands, drummers and solo pipers to come and compete.”, says Penticton Scottish Festival Chair Brian…

Leslie MacKay Memorial

Lesley MacKay

  Lesley MacKay, former piper in the Vancouver Ladies Pipe Band and daughter of former BCPA Chief Steward Archie MacKay, passed away on January 15, 2014. Lesley courageously battled cancer for many years and chronicled her fight in her frequent Facebook postings. Through her determination, she was able to watch her daughter play with the…

Colin Mathews, father of piper Craig Mathews of the Dowco Triumph Street Pipe Band, passed away on December 10, 2013

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Colin will be remembered as a very genial man and supportive parent by the many people involved in the Dowco Triumph Street and Robert Malcolm Memorial Pipe Bands. Colin also made a significant contribution to piping and drumming education in BC by spearheading the effort to have the Institute of Piping and the RSPBA Structured Learning…

Proposed New and Changed Rules for BCPA Members Comments


We are seeking the comments of BCPA members on proposed new and changed competition rules contained in the following PDF document:  Proposed New and Changed Rules for BCPA Members Comment 2013  Please provide your comments at  by January 15, 2014. Board of Directors decisions on the proposals will be announced in late February 2014.

Piobaireachd Club Meeting Reminder – Friday

This Friday (December 6) will be the next club meeting. Where: The Lee Family house. 19514 – 76  Ave.  Surrey The start time will be 7:30pm Hal Senyk will be the featured piper for the evening. As well, we hope to see lots of young pipers come out and play a piece, or even part…

BCPA Survey of Members Satisfaction for the 2012/13 Season


Congratulations to Laura Devlin (Oregon), Ross Lamont (BC), and Gregory MacDonald (BC) who won the random draw of a rebate of their BCPA membership dues by renewing their BCPA membership and completing the BCPA Survey of Members Satisfaction for the 2012/13 Season by the early bird deadline of October 31, 2013. As a BONUS, for those who…

Next Piobaireachd Club Meeting December 6th

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The next Piobaireachd Club meeting will be held at the home of Jack and Christine Lee. It will be on Friday, December 6th starting at 7:30pm Hal Senyk will be the featured piper for the evening, and as is the tradition for the pre-Christmas gathering, there will hopefully be lots of young pipers featured as…