Annual Gathering

The BC Pipers’ Association is pleased to acknowledge
the financial assistance of the Province of British Columbia.
What: The BC Pipers Association Annual Gathering (also known as the “Indoor Meet”) is held on the Friday and Saturday of the Easter long weekend. The Friday features solo piobaireachd and Open drumming competitions, as well as drumming workshops. Saturday events are the remaining solo events, a full band competition, and the Ceilidh afterward including performances by the solo aggregate winners. 

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Past information:

2019 Annual Gathering Program Advertisers Welcome! Click here to find out more about advertising in this year’s event program.

New for 2019: An informal kitchen-style contest will be held during the Ceilidh. Cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd placings. For more details please see the 2019 BCPA Annual Gathering Info Guide here.
New for 2019: The Competing Pipers Association (CPA) B Grade Piobaireachd, which is now a qualifier for the 2020 Silver Medal at the Argyllshire Gathering and the Northern Meeting, will be held on the Friday. Also, a new CPA C Grade Piobaireachd event will be held on the Friday. See the Info Guide for details. Both events are officially recognized by the CPA.


2019 Annual Gathering

The 2019 BCPA Annual Gathering will be held on Friday and Saturday April 19 & 20, 2019 again at the North Delta Secondary School, 11447 82nd Ave, Delta, BC, V4C 5J6.

The 2019 Annual Gathering online entry is CLOSED. The online entry deadline was March 29.

Submit tunes during registration if required. After registration, email your tune names, if required, by the deadline to
Note: to add multiple competitors on a single registration, use the “add guest” button near the bottom. More info is in the events help page on the registration site if needed.


The “early bird” priced tickets for the 2019 BCPA Annual Gathering Band Contest and Ceilidh are available for purchase until April 15 here.

Early Bird ticket prices are in the following table. Prices at the door will be higher. Cash and credit cards will be accepted for admission purchases and purchases at the Ceilidh.

Band Contest Ceilidh Combo – Band Contest & Ceilidh
18 years and older $11 $4 $14
11 – 17 years $6 $2 $7
10 years and younger $4 $2 $5

Online Entries Only

Please note that all competition entries and their payments shall be done online for all competitions administered, managed and run by BCPA.

Several bank gift cards, in Canada and the US, can be accepted by the BCPA’s online entry system. This method may be used by people who do not want to use their personal credit cards for online transactions and by pipe bands. A partial list of these bank gift cards is contained in the Information Document associated with the Annual Gathering online entry form.

2019 Orders of Play

Visit the home page one week before the event and click the links to the Friday and Saturday orders of play.
2019 Schedule of Events
Visit the home page three days before the event and click the links to the Friday and Saturday schedules.
2019 Souvenir Programme
A link to the 2019 Annual Gathering Souvenir Programme will be added here as soon as the programme is available .
CONTINUED FOR 2019: Advertisers can reserve and pay for their advertisement online here.
2019 Interactive Demonstrations of Piping and Drumming
The 2019 Annual Gathering will include interactive demonstrations of piping and drumming for youth and adults interested in learning the instruments on the Saturday from 12 noon to 1 pm. A great way to become engaged in a very fulfilling passion.
2019 Senior Adjudicator Drumming Workshops
The Senior Drumming Adjudicator will conduct workshops for snare drummers on Friday, April 19 at the Annual Gathering venue. Admission is free. For details please see page 2 of the 2019 BCPA Annual Gathering Info Guide which can be found here.
2019 BCPA “After Hours” Ceilidh
The BCPA “After Hours” Ceilidh begins at the Annual Gathering venue immediately after the Saturday band contest and awards presentation.
New for 2019: An informal kitchen-style contest will be held during the Ceilidh. Cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd placings. For more details please see the 2019 BCPA Annual Gathering Info Guide here.


** Friday and Saturday events and activities will again be at the **
** North Delta Secondary School, 11447 82nd Ave, Delta, BC, V4C 5J6**

NOTE: Please examine the Information Guide carefully


Watch events online!
Watch the events both days on the BC Pipers’ Facebook page here

2019 Sponsors

Aggregate Winners in all solo piping grades will be awarded the Tone Protector and Piper’s Ultimate Reed Poker. Donated by Jori Chisholm and


Celtic Arts Foundation Winter School is providing one-week tuition scholarships to the Grade 2 Piping and Snare Drumming aggregate winners at the Annual Gathering.



G1 Reeds is donating a G1 Plug & Play Chanter and a Deluxe Reed Box with Reeds to the overall winner of the G1 Grade 1 Piping Contest.


Lee & Sons Bagpipes is donating a pipe bag of the competitor’s choice to the winner of the Grade 2 and Grade 1 Piobaireachds. Any size, any hide, and the competitor can add a zipper and grommets, if they wish.


McCallum Bagpipes is providing a McCallum Solo Pipe Chanter to the winner of the McCallum Bagpipes Beginner Piping Contest.


Minuteman Press Delta is partially sponsoring the souvenir programme.


Piping Hot Summer Drummer is providing one-week tuition scholarships to the Most Promising Piper and Snare Drummer at the Annual Gathering.


Reid Maxwell, lead drummer of the SFU Pipe Band is donating lessons to the overall winners of the Snare Beginner, Grade 3 and Grade 1 classes.

Thank you also to Grant Maxwell of the SFU Pipe Band, who is donating lessons to the overall winners of Snare Grade 4 & Grade 2 classes.


Tartantown is sponsoring the Grade 3 & Grade 4 Piping events.


TyFry is providing MyTy tenor sticks to the winners of each Tenor Drumming event.


Thank you to all our sponsors!



Times are subject to change, updates will be added here and on Facebook and Twitter if necessary


Latest results

Past Winners

The first Annual Gathering was held in 1932. Further historical information can be found on the BC pipers History page.

Some of the past winners of the trophies are listed on the Annual Gathering Trophy History Page.






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