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.
The top 2 to 4 amateur players from the previous season are usually invited to compete as well (piping and drumming).
Graham Haddon’s winning performance from our YouTube Channel
Semi-Final Round: (1st drumming round): February 9th 7:00 PM, Scottish Cultural Center
2013 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 2012 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 Ed McIlwaine for providing Master of Ceremonies duties.
Results for the 2012 Piping and Drumming Knockout Final:
1. Colin Lee
2. Alastair Lee
Adjudicators: Angus Macpherson, Rob Menzies, Audience
1. Kyle Wallis
2. Grant Maxwell
Angus Macpherson, Rob Menzies, Audience
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.