At the conclusion of each competition season, the BCPA Grading Subcommittees review the results of solo and band competitions at the BCPA sanctioned competitions from the Annual Gathering through to the Pacific Northwest Highland Games and the Performance Ratings of the soloists and bands in those competitions. For soloists and bands, the Performance Rating values are the adjudicator’s assessment of the competitor’s performance relative to the adjudicator’s expectation for the grade. The Grading Subcommittees review all these factors and their recommendations for regrading competitors are presented to the BCPA Music Committee Chair and Vice Chair for final approval.
Note on Band Regrading: A Seasonal Band Grading subcommittee is nominated each season, based largely on those adjudicators who saw the widest variety of bands most often during the season. Relegations are not published. Bands that have not competed for two years are subject to re-evaluation of their grade on their first contest after their absence. The Seasonal Band Grading Subcommittee’s purpose is to make recommendations to the Music Committee on band regradings, both promotions and relegations, based on grading related data during the past season, such as the results of band competitions in the BCPA jurisdiction, performance rating assessments of bands at band competitions in the BCPA jurisdiction, and performance of BCPA bands at national and international competitions. The criteria for the band grades in the BCPA is the world grading standard i.e. the grading standard of the RSPBA grades at the World Pipe Band Championships. As with Solo promotions, the Seasonal Band Grading Subcommittee’s recommendations are presented to the BCPA Music Committee Chair and Vice Chair for final approval.
Past promotion information: