The Boney Music Memorial Invitational is an annual piping competition and recital to benefit brain cancer research. The competition was initiated in 2016 by BCPA Life Member Andrew Bonar and is being continued by BCPA at Andrew’s request following his passing in October 2017.
The top five pipers in the annual BCPA Open Piping Grand Aggregate standing and the previous year’s winner of the Boney Music Memorial Invitational will each perform a medley of various musical styles. The best performance will receive the Boney Music Memorial Invitational trophy.
2019 Boney Music Memorial Invitational Information
Date and Time: Saturday February 9 at 6:00 pm, Doors open at 5:30 pm
Price: Admission by donation. A donation of $10 per person is recommended. All donations will go toward brain cancer research at the BC Cancer Foundation. Free Admission for BCPA Junior Members
BCPA is accepting donations for the event and will issue Canadian charitable tax receipts for donations of $20 or more. Donations may be made at https://bcpipers.wildapricot.org/page-1157926 and enter “Boney Music Memorial Invitational” in the “What you desire your gift to support” field.
2019 Competitors: Alastair Lee (2018 winner), Jori Chisholm, John Lee, Andrew Lee, Zephan Knichel
Location: Halpern Centre, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby Campus.
Free parking: Free parking will be available in the East Parking Lot from 5:00 pm to 11:30 pm on the day.
Food and Bar Service: No bar or food service will be available at the Halpern Centre although non-alcoholic refreshments will be available.
Club Ilia, located on campus at the Cornerstone Building (8902 University High St, Burnaby), will be offering their discounted happy-hour menu following the competition.
Club Ilia is a fully licensed facility with all ages permitted.
To provide the opportunity for people around the world to watch the event and donate to the cause, the event will be live streamed starting at 6:00 pm on the BC Pipers’ Facebook Live page
Players will play a 20 minute recital of tunes of their choice. However, within the 20 minutes, players must include the following:
• At least one tune written by Andrew Bonar played at any point during their recital
• Ground of a piobaireachd
• At least three two-parted reels
• At least one tune that is not in a typical bagpipe time signature (i.e. not 2/2, 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 6/8, 9/8 or 12/8)
• At least two 3/4 marches (minimum 2 parts each)
Players may tune as often and as long as they feel necessary. However, the longer the player tunes, the less time that the player has to perform, as the tuning time is included in the recital time limit.
2018 BCPA Open Piping Grand Aggregate
2018 Bellingham HG Aggregate, Piobaireachd, 2nd prize MSR
2018 BC Highland Games Aggregate, Piobaireachd, 3rd prize MSR
2018 Skagit Valley HG MSR, 2nd prize Piobaireachd and Hornpipe & Jig
2018 Portland HG Piobaireachd and Hornpipe & Jig
2018 Seattle HG 3rd prize Piobaireachd
2nd overall 2018 BCPA Open Piping Grand Aggregate
2018 Winner Boney Music Invitational
2018 Winter Storm Gold Medal Piobaireachd
2018 Northern Meeting 3rd prize A-Grade MSR
2018 Victoria HG 2nd prize MSR
2018 Bellingham HG 2nd prize Piobaireachd, 3rd prize MSR
2018 BC Highland Games 2nd prize MSR
2018 Kamloops HG 2nd prize MSR
2018 Seattle HG Aggregate, MSR, and Hornpipe & Jig
3rd overall 2018 BCPA Open Piping Grand Aggregate
2018 Winter Storm Silver Medal Piobaireachd
2018 Argyllshire Gathering 3rd prize Silver Medal Piobaireachd
2018 BCPA Annual Gathering CPA B&C Grade Piobaireachd
2018 Victoria HG Aggregate, MSR, and 3rd prize Jig
2018 Bellingham HG MSR
2018 BC Highland Games 3rd prize Piobaireachd
2018 Kamloops HG 2nd prize Hornpipe & Jig, and 3rd prize MSR
2018 Seattle HG 2nd prize MSR and 3rd prize Hornpipe & Jig
4th overall 2018 BCPA Open Piping Grand Aggregate
2018 5th prize Winter Storm Silver Medal Piobaireachd
2018 2nd prize BCPA Annual Gathering MSR
2018 Victoria HG Aggregate, 2nd prize Piobaireachd and Jig, 3rd prize MSR
2018 Bellingham HG 3rd prize Piobaireachd
2018 BC Highland Games 2nd prize Piobaireachd and Hornpipe & Jig
2018 Penticton HG Aggregate, MSR, Horpipe & Jig, and 2nd prize Piobaireachd
2018 Kamloops HG Piobaireachd
2018 Seattle HG 3rd prize MSR
5th overall 2018 BCPA Open Piping Grand Aggregate
2018 Victoria HG Piobaireachd
2018 BC Highland Games MSR and 3rd prize Hornpipe & Jig
2018 Kamloops HG 2nd prize Piobaireachd
2018 Seattle HG 2nd prize Piobaireachd