Tartantown Ltd

Fourth in our company profile series is Tartantown Ltd Tartantown Ltd was originally started as a convenient location for highland…

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Long & McQuade

Second in our series of company profiles is Long & McQuade Long & McQuade Musical Instruments has been serving Canada’s…

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McCallum Bagpipes

First in our series of company profiles is McCallum Bagpipes McCallum Bagpipes was formed in 1998 by existing partners, company…

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Information on the November 2020 BCPA Mini-Gathering

BCPA will be conducting the November 7, 2020 Mini-Gathering competition with players submitting recordings of their performances published to YouTube, in a similar manner to the 2020 BCPA Online Performance Assessments initiative held during May, June and July. Please watch the BCPA website and its social media channels for details and the online entry system,…

B.C. Pipers’ Newsletters of 1965

The Historical Newsletters page has been updated with the release of archival B.C. Pipers’ Newsletters from 1965. Besides the regular news of competitions and their results, interesting news of that year included: Results of 33rd Annual Gathering Judge Colin Cameron comments on the Annual Gathering First instance in the Newsletter of a prize won by…

B.C. Pipers’ Newsletters of 1964

The Historical Newsletters page has been updated with the release of archival B.C. Pipers’ Newsletters from 1964. Besides the regular news of competitions and their results, interesting news of that year included: The story behind Bagpipe Tunes, The Macraes March, I got a Kiss of the Kings Hand, MacCrimmon’s Lament, The Cameron’s Gathering, The Carles…

BCPA Online Performance Assessments initiative delivers financial support to Highland Games

BCPA is pleased to report that the recently concluded BCPA 2020 Online Performances Assessments initiative has yielded a total surplus of $1,424 CAD that is being divided equally among the 9 BCPA member highland games and in process of electronic funds transfer to each of the games. Victoria Highland Games Bellingham Scottish Gathering ScotFestBC- The…

B.C. Pipers’ Newsletters of 1963

The Historical Newsletters page has been updated with the release of archival B.C. Pipers’ Newsletters from 1963. Besides the regular news of competitions and their results, interesting news of that year included: Results of the 5th Annual Gathering (1936) The MacKays by Pipe Major John Robertson, continued in several Newsletters Vancouver Ladies Pipe Band Festival…

2020 BCPA Player Initiated Promotion Applications are OPEN

As originally announced on June 21, the BCPA online system for player initiated promotion applications is now open at https://bcpipers.wildapricot.org/event-3961703 Players should first carefully examine the requirements previously announced and how that information is required for submission in the above online system. Players should then compile all the required information and complete the online application.…

Closing Date for Nominations for the Mary MacKinnon Memorial Service Award – August 31, 2020

B.C. Pipers’ Newsletters of 1962

The Historical Newsletters page has been updated with the release of archival B.C. Pipers’ Newsletters from 1962. Besides the regular news of competitions and their results, interesting news of that year included: Rules of a composing contest, entry fee was $1.00 and prize $10.00 Learning to pipe by Seumas MacNeill Hints on caring for your…

B.C. Pipers’ Newsletters of 1961

The Historical Newsletters page has been updated with the release of archival B.C. Pipers’ Newsletters from 1961. Besides the regular news of competitions and their results, interesting news of that year included: 5 grades of Bi-Monthlies started at 8 pm on Friday nights The first BCPA Life Memberships were awarded to Edmund Esson, Kenneth MacLeod,…

Piobaireachd in the Park – An Educational Experience

By Kyla MacNeil, Leader, BCPA Education & Training subcommittee and Band Manager, White Spot Pipe Band The COVID-19 pandemic has definitely presented challenges for piping and drumming, especially for our younger and less experienced musicians who need regular instruction to learn their music. Finding alternative ways to learn and keep the music going has become…

B.C. Pipers’ Newsletters of 1960

The Historical Newsletters page has been updated with the initial release of archival B.C. Pipers’ Newsletters, from 1960. Interesting news of that year included: The inaugural issue in April 1960 Pipe Major Neil Sutherland of Winnipeg judged the Annual Gathering, and the MacMillan Bloedel Powell River Pipe Band captured the band award and many of…

60th Anniversary of the B.C. Pipers’ Newsletter

Preamble To commemorate the 60th anniversary of the B.C. Pipers’ Newsletter, the archival issues of the Newsletter will be serialized on the Historical Newsletters page of the BCPA website, releasing a year’s Newsletters each week, and we have asked its second Editor, BCPA Life Member Bill Elder, to provide his reminiscences of editing and publishing the…