Pacific Northwest Highland Games to offer Drum Major Championships

Ryan MacDonald Photography - Victoria Highland Games 2012

With the help of Simon Fraser University Pipe Band World Champion Drum Major Jason Paguio, the Seattle Scottish Highland Games Association has reintroduced and revived Drum Major Competitions at this year’s Pacific Northwest Highland Games. Sign up for the Sunday competition using the drummers registration here>> and visit the free workshop on Saturday.

Piobaireachd Club – May 10, 2013

A lovely spring day in Vancouver and this could have been the first outdoor club meeting. However, we held with tradition and the McIlwaine family graciously hosted another fine evening of the big music indoors. The first feature piper of the month was Tori Killoran playing “The King’s Taxes”. This was her first appearance at…

All BCPA 2013 Sanctioned Games Competition entries available


With today’s addition of the BC Highland Games, all of the competition entries are now available for the BCPA Sanctioned games of the 2013 summer highland games season. Visit the Entry Forms section of the website for links to the entry forms. All the games websites are linked below. Online registration for the BC Highland…

BC Highland Games Volunteers Needed


The British Columbia Highland Games have multiple opportunities for volunteers. Click the image for the information. Some of the needs: Sponsorship/Sales Public & Media Relations manager Program Volunteer coordinator Beer Garden Children’s Events Parking and traffic coordination VIP coordinator Tickets/Gate manager 50 to 75 volunteers on the day of the games

Duke of York Chief of the Games at Victoria May 18th and 19th


The Victoria Highland Games Association announced that the 150th Victoria Highland Games & Celtic Festival will take place May 18 and 19 at Topaz Park, with His Royal Highness The Duke of York attending as “Chief of the Games”. “The Scottish and Celtic arts and culture associated with 150 years of highland games in Victoria…

Results posted from the 81st Annual Gathering

Professional Piping Aggregate winner James P. Troy - Photo by Weatherly Schiele

Visit the Results page for the full results of the 81st Annual Gathering. See the news on Pipes|Drums. Original videos from the streaming are on Livestream Some higher quality videos are being uploaded to the BC Pipers’ YouTube channel. Congratulations to all of the competitors. AGGREGATES: Piping Beginner: Alistair Bevan Grade 5: Fraser Jones Grade…

81st Annual Gathering on now – watch the recordings!


We’re testing our Live Streaming during Grade 1 Piobaireachd Friday morning and may change configurations occasionally but will try not to interrupt performances if possible. We have recordings of most of the events here The result announcements for solos are here Band results part 1 Band results part 2 9:20 am Grade 1 Piobaireachd: Competitor list:…

Mini-Meet competition and workshop on Vancouver Island May 4th


 The Victoria Highland Games Association and the Vancouver Island Pipers Club are sponsoring a Mini-Meet competition and workshop for pipers and drummers on Vancouver Island May 4th. Piping and Drumming adjudicators John Fisher, James P. Troy and Simone Reid will be running the workshops in the afternoon. Get the details and register here>>

Annual Gathering final planning in full swing, order of play posted


The order of play for the 81st Annual “British Columbia Pipers’ Association Annual Gathering” has been posted for Friday. Grade 3, 2, 1 and Professional Piobaireachd, Professional Side and Tenor drumming events are all held on Friday. Live Streaming is planned for the weekend’s events as scheduling and network allows. Saturday events are also posted, including all…

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

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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…