Annual Gathering Ceilidh returns in its original format at a new location!

The Annual Gathering Committee has secured an arrangement with SFU’s Meetings, Events and Conference Services Department to hold the Annual Gathering Ceilidh at the Halpern Centre, which is the building directly west of Images Theatre (where the band contest will be held) on Saturday, March 30th. The Ceilidh will be for all ages, with non-alcoholic…

Update on the Annual Gathering Ceilidh Format

The Annual Gathering Committee and I would like to thank the 163 people who provided their opinions and comments via the survey on the Annual Gathering Ceilidh Format. It was the largest response to any BCPA survey and we are grateful for your input, as it provided some clear direction on the difficult problem we…

Will Nichols and Graham Haddon win 2013 BCPA Pro Knockout

Will Nichols and Graham Haddon won the Pro Knockout Finals on Saturday March 9th 2013. Between live attendance and the streaming, there were about 150 people in attendance. See Will’s performance and links to the other recordings on the Knockouts page, and the story on Pipes|Drums. Graham’s video will be uploaded to YouTube later this…

Piobaireachd Club report – Friday March 8th 2013

Friday, March 8th, 2013 It was a lovely sunny day in Vancouver and the Hilder family again hosted a spectacular evening of piobaireachd tunes. Alexander Schiele was the feature piper for the evening. He recently had success at the Nicol-Brown invitational competition winning the piobaireachd and overall award. His tune for the evening was “The…

Time Sensitive: Annual Gathering Ceilidh Format Survey

The BC Pipers’ Association seeks your prompt input to determine what format the 2013 Annual Gathering Ceilidh should take, given recent limitations imposed by the venue. In January, the Annual Gathering organizing committee planned for a Ceilidh area in the Atrium of the SFU Maggie Benston Centre that would enable all ages of people to…

BCPA Pro Knockout Final to stream live

The BC Pipers’ Association announces live streaming of the Final round of the 2013 BCPA Knockouts. BCPA became a pioneer in live Internet streaming of solo piping and drumming competitions in January 2011 and has improved the broadcast quality during this season, and is investigating options for removing commercial interruptions in future events. The final…

Piobaireachd Club Friday March 8th 7:30 pm

A friendly reminder that next Friday, March 8th is the next Piobaireachd Club meeting. The start time will be 7:30pm and the piper of the month will be Alexander Schiele who will name his tune. The meeting will be at the home of David and Shaunna Hilder. 1601 Stella Place, Port Coquitlam There have been…

Border Crossings

One of the more frustrating aspects of traveling from / to the US and Canada for piping and drumming events is the border crossing. Getting a Nexus pass significantly reduces those border waits as a thorough check including fingerprint scans are done and as long as you follow the rules carefully you get a “special” lane…

Annual Dinner and Knockout Finals Tickets available for March 9th

Annual Dinner and Knockout Finals tickets are on sale now as an event through the BCPA registration site here or through Sarah McLatchy at sarah.mclatchy@hotmail.com. The top three Mini Gathering Competitors (see standings here) in each grade receive a complimentary ticket to the dinner, where they will be presented with their awards. Mini Gathering winners are…

Final Mini-Gathering results posted

See the results page for the results from Saturday’s Mini-Gathering and the final aggregate standings from the mini-gatherings. Congratulations to the mini-gathering aggregate winners: Beginning piping: Alistair Bevan Grade 5 piping: Collin Dazey Grade 4 piping: Kendrick Rutherford Grade 3 piping: Thomas Budd Grade 2 piping: Tie: Gregory MacDonald & Robyn Lakes Grade 1 piping: Liam Hilder Adult Piping: Larry Dent…

Mini-Gathering Schedule – several classes to start at 11:30

Grade 1, Grade 2 and Grade 4 Piobaireachd and Beginning drumming will all start at 11:30 am on Saturday at Pitt River middle School. Reminder to competitors who have begun within the past couple years, there’s a valuable seminar for parents and competitors at 10:30 am. The schedule is here>> and most other information is on…

Nichols, Paton, Otto, Haddon and MacRae advance to Final Knockout

Photo By Weatherly Schiele

Full results of the February 9th Piping and Drumming Knockout event are now available on the results page. Congratulations to all the players, it was a great evening of piping and drumming, with over 40 in attendance and 270 views on the live stream with a peak of 48 watching simultaneously from as far away as…