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Get Practicing! Summer Contest Update!

Some preliminary news to pass along today regarding the coming summer games season. While some games have decided to hang on with a “wait and see” approach to staging outdoor contests (with Cobourg aiming for September 11) we can tell you that the PPBSO will augment any outdoor season that transpires with six online events.

Dates and complete detail will be passed along over the coming weeks. We can say mark your calendar for Saturday, June 12; this day marks the kick-off of Ontario’s online season.

A full slate of 36 solo events will be on offer to competitors! We’re even going to present an online Drum Major event at two of the contests – nothing ventured, nothing gained!

Sean McKeown in performance

Three “hornpipe & jig” contests and three “free style” events: For solo piping competitors in grade 1 or professional light music the jig event becomes a hornpipe & jig contest; three of these contests will offer a “free style” piping prizes up for grabs: a medley of choice of 5-7 minutes for professional and 4-6 for grade 1. Get your music books out and start creating! 

Highland dress need not be worn to compete, but an overall “best dressed” prize will be awarded to the competitor deemed best dressed in Highland attire.

Snare drummers may play on a snare drum or practice pad. Tenor and bass may play on a drum or hard surface. Accompaniment to drumming is not necessary, though competitors are encouraged to play with a piper or recording.

Champion Supreme points will be awarded. Medals will be awarded to winning amateur competitors and prize money for professional competitors.  Regardless of competition category all music submitted is the competitor’s choice.

Recent survey feedback informed the PPBSO decision to follow the protocol established last summer: competitors will record their performance and upload to YouTube and submit the link to our administrator. This approach allows competitors who have scarce access to performance space the ability to participate.

We’re aiming to have the full detailed roster of competitions available on a Master Entry Form for download and registration the first week of April.

Online competitions of any kind are a lot more work for competitors, judges and administrators alike – but we all know they’re worth it.

By the right, quick …


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