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.
Latest News and updates: The 2021 BCPA Annual Gathering will be held online only for solo events.
Players will enter the Annual Gathering through the BCPA Registration Site, then record and upload their performances to YouTube during the defined period, then complete a form with music details and YouTube link and submit.
2021 Annual Gathering Ceilidh
The 2021 BCPA Annual Gathering Ceilidh will be held on Saturday April 17. The event will feature local performers, pipers, singers, possible prizes, recognition of piping & drumming families, and the 88th Annual Gathering awards. The event starts at 7:00pm PST. Pre-registration through tickets will be available in March 2021.
The BC Pipers’ Association is pleased to acknowledge
the financial assistance of the Province of British Columbia.
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.
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.
Previous Year Annual Gatherings
2020 Band Contest Admission Tickets
The “early bird” priced tickets for the 2020 BCPA Annual Gathering Band Contest are available for purchase until April 7 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.
2020 Orders of Play
Visit the home page one week before the event and click the links to the Friday and Saturday orders of play.
2020 Schedule of Events
Visit the home page three days before the event and click the links to the Friday and Saturday schedules.
2020 Souvenir Programme
A link to the 2020 Annual Gathering Souvenir Programme will be added here as soon as the programme is available .
2020 Annual Gathering Programme Advertisers Welcome!
Click here to find out more about advertising in this year’s event program and to reserve and pay for your advertisement.
2020 Interactive Demonstrations of Piping and Drumming
The 2020 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.
2020 Senior Adjudicator Drumming Workshops
The Senior Drumming Adjudicator will conduct workshops for snare drummers on Friday, April 10 at the Annual Gathering venue. Admission is free however registration is required. For details please see page 2 of the 2020 BCPA Annual Gathering Info Guide which can be found here.
2020 Drum Majors Workshop
A Drum Majors workshop will be conducted on Friday, April 10 at the Annual Gathering venue. Admission is free however registration is required. For details please see page 2 of the 2020 BCPA Annual Gathering Info Guide which can be found here.
2020 BCPA “After Hours” Ceilidh
The BCPA “After Hours” Ceilidh begins at the Annual Gathering venue immediately after the Saturday band contest and awards presentation. FREE admission.
** Friday and Saturday events and activities will again be at the **
NOTE: Please examine the Information Guide carefully
Watch events online!
Watch the events both days on the BC Pipers’ Facebook page here
Sponsors for the 2020 BCPA Annual Gathering will be announced soon. In the meantime, please see below the sponsors for the 2019 BCPA Annual Gathering.
Aggregate Winners in all solo piping grades will be awarded the Tone Protector and Piper’s Ultimate Reed Poker. Donated by Jori Chisholm and
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!
Some of the past winners of the trophies are listed on the Annual Gathering Trophy History Page.