There are two Mini-Gatherings for 2012/2013: November 3, 2012 and February 16, 2013. Competitors will play two events on each day.
These changes were made in 2011 to increase the number of competitors, improve convenience for parents and competitors by reducing the number of days at these competitions, while maintaining the purpose of the Mini-Gatherings: To provide amateur players with regular opportunities to test the preparedness of their new competition tunes for the outdoor season.
The Knockout events will occur on separate days in part because attending the mini-gathering attendees and then the knockouts later in the evening made it too long of a day for some competitors. We highly encourage all members to attend the Knockouts on November 10th, February 9th, and the final round at the Annual Dinner Saturday, March 9th.
Order Of Play NOTE: Mini-Gathering entries received between September 15th and 11:59 pm on September 22nd, 2012 will be entered into a random draw for order of play. Entries received after this date and time, order of play is first to enter, last to play. This is a trial run and applies only to the mini-gatherings this year. This format change will be evaluated based on your feedback in the next survey following the mini-gatherings.
- NEW in 2012: The Grade 1 Side Drumming competitor with the highest “Super Aggregate” score from the Mini-Gatherings and Annual Gathering combined will receive up to a maximum of $600 CDN toward an airline ticket to Glasgow, Scotland or Kansas City, MO to compete in the World Solo Drumming Championship or the Midwest Highland Arts Fund Winter Storm competitions. The similar award offered in the past for Grade 1 Piping remains in place for the George Sherriff Amateur Invitational.
Please carefully read the entry form for rules and music requirements
Online Mini-Gathering and Knockout Entry Choose Events after creating account or logging in
MINI-GATHERING AND KNOCKOUT FORMAT NOTES
- Mini-Gathering events (Nov 3 & Feb 16) are at the Pitt River Middle School, Port Coquitlam, BC.
- Knockout first round (Nov 10) and semi-final rounds (Feb 8) 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 9th.
Please see entry form (link above) for more details.
We look forward to seeing you all at Pitt River Midde School and the Scottish Cultural Center in November and February!