2012 Bellingham Highland Games Results

Vancouver Bans Bagpipes to Public Outcry and Overturns Ban

The week before the 80th Annual Gathering of the British Columbia Pipers’ Association, the Engineering Department of the City of Vancouver issued a new bylaw to ban bagpipes, drums tambourines, bongos and other percussion instruments from receiving busking permits in the city of Vancouver, BC, Canada. The story was brought to the attention of the media in…

Piobaireachd Club – March 30th 2012

PIOBAIREACHD CLUB Meeting Report March 30th , 2012  Keeping with tradition, the March club meeting was at the home of Bob, Mary and Edward McIlwaine. They were gracious hosts and there was again a fine selection of cheeses to accompany an oatcake. The piper of the month was Alastair Lee. He played Lament for “King George III”. This…

2010/2011 Membership Survey Results

Thanks to the members who filled out survey responses at the end of the season last year.  The BCPA Board initiated an online survey of the BCPA membership to gain member’s ratings of satisfaction with and importance of BCPA programs, services and support activities provided during the 2010/11 season. The purpose of the survey is…

Piobaireachd Club – February 25th, 2012

PIOBAIREACHD CLUB MEETING REPORT Friday, February 25th, 2012 It was a rather rainy Friday, but the Hilder family were gracious hosts to a fine night of piobaireachd playing. The feature piper of the month, and his first time playing at the club, was Joe Stewart. Joe hails from the Seattle area and recently had successes at…

BCPA Support of Local Highland Games

Letter to BCPA membership on supporting Highland Games in your area, including specific request for the BC Highland Games The BCPA Board of Directors requests that all members read the attached letter encouraging support for Highland Games in your area/region and, for those members in the Metro Vancouver area, to act on the specific request…

Two Pipe Bands from BCPA nominated for Pipe Band of the Year

Pipes|Drums magazine asked “a panel of 30 expert and informed pipers and drummers around the world for their votes across several categories for the people, bands and products that made the most news, the biggest impact and the best contributions in the piping and drumming world in 2011.” Congratulations to Field Marshall Montgomery who had a…

Piobaireachd Club – December 2, 2011

PIOBAIREACHD CLUB Friday, December 2nd, 2011   The pre-Christmas club meeting was held at Jack and Christine Lee’s house. The last meeting of each year has typically been where some of the younger pipers come to play and where the attendees get to sample a wide array of Christmas edible goodies.   The piper of…

Important Information Regarding Grand Aggregate Awards Status

Piobaireachd Club – September 30, 2011

PIOBAIREACHD CLUB September 30, 2011   The first Club meeting of the fall was held at the home of Ron and Eileen Sutherland. It was well attended with newcomers, returning members and regular attendees. Kyle Banta opened the meeting with MacKintosh’s Banner followed by Ed McIlwaine with “Lament for Alasdair Dearg MacDonell of Glengarry”. The composer of this tune is uncertain but it…

Membership Survey on Proposed Changes to Grand Aggregate Status

The BCPA Board of Directors is requesting the input of all BCPA Members with respect to proposed changes to the granting of Grand Aggregate Status to Highland Games Associations operating in the BCPA jurisdiction. Please take a few minutes to read this letter to the membership and complete the membership survey. A link to the survey is…

Piobaireachd Club – March 25th, 2011

PIOBAIREACHD CLUB Friday March 25th, 2011 A thank you to Bob and Mary McIlwaine who hosted a fine night of piobaireachd playing. The first piper of the night was John Lee playing “Lady Margaret MacDonald’s Salute”.  John won the C grade piobaireachd at the Cowal Highland Games playing this tune. Lady MacDonald was the second wife of Alexander MacDonald…