Knockouts

What:

The Knockout competitions are a series of events whereby professional pipers and drummers compete and advance to the next round or get “knocked out”. There are 3 rounds, usually about 16 to 20 pipers starting in the first round, half (of those who play)* advance to the second round (in the event of odd numbers, the number would be rounded up) and 4 to the final round. This event started as a means to draw the membership out to the AGM. Drumming KO schedules are dependent on the number of entries received.  See historical Knockout Winners as far back as records are available on the Knockout History page.

Live Stream here:


Live streaming video by Ustream


Live streaming video by Ustream

The top 2 to 4 amateur players from the previous season are usually invited to compete as well (piping and drumming).

2013 Piping Winner:
Will Nichols
Drumming Winner:
Graham Haddon

When:

First Round: Saturday November 9, 2013,  7:00 pm, Scottish Cultural Center

Semi-Final Round: (1st drumming round): February 8th 7:00 PM, Scottish Cultural Center

Final Round: Annual Dinner Saturday March 15, 2014, Scottish Cultural Center

Pro Competitors: Rules and Entry form, or enter online.

KNOCKOUT FORMAT NOTES
  • Knockout first round and semi-final rounds are at the Scottish Cultural Centre, Vancouver, BC
  • The first round of the Professional Piping Knockouts will be held in November. ALL piping competitors will play here in order to advance to the semi-final in February. The first round of the Professional Drumming Knockouts will be held in February. ALL competitors will compete here to advance to final at the BCPA Annual Dinner on March 15th.

Will Nichols’ performance below.  Full results are available on the Results page

Video streaming by Ustream

Graham Haddon’s winning performance from our YouTube Channel

Videos from the March 9th 2013 Final

Videos from the February 9th Knockout

Winning videos from the last two Knockouts on our new YouTube page 

Results, tunes and videos from November 10th KO available here now.

Past KO Winners

Archive videos are available as long as UStream keeps them here. Winners videos are posted on our YouTube page

First Round: Saturday November 9, 2013,  7:00 pm, Scottish Cultural Center

Semi-Final Round: (1st drumming round): February 8th 7:00 PM, Scottish Cultural Center

Final Round: Annual Dinner Saturday March 15, 2014, Scottish Cultural Center
Note: The Annual Dinner is one week later than usual

2014 BCPA Annual Dinner and Knockout Final

Admission for Knockout Finals only will be available at the door on the night. Annual Dinner information here

Live streaming of the Knockouts is planned, details to come soon.

The 2013 BCPA Annual Dinner and Knockout Final was a great success, with fantastic food and top-notch, entertaining performances. Thanks to all the volunteers and competitors who helped make the Annual Dinner possible.

Special thanks to Sarah McLatchy for organizing the dinner, and David Hilder for providing Master of Ceremonies duties.

Results for the 2012 Piping and Drumming Knockout Final:

Piping

1. Will Nichols

2. Graham Haddon

Adjudicators:

Competitors:

Drumming

 

Adjudicators:

 

Competitors:

(Full Breakdown of the Knockout Final results can be found here.)

The live streaming of the Knockout Final drew a crowd of 50 people from British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, and Nova Scotia, as well as several states throughout the US.

*Note on rules

For the Piping Knockouts first round and semi-final, half of the number of competitors who actually play will advance to the semi-final. If there is an odd number of competitors, the number of players advancing will be rounded up. There will be a maximum of four competitors that advance to the final. For the Side Drumming Knockouts first round, half of the number of competitors who actually play will advance to the final, to a maximum of four competitors.