At this morning’s meeting of the Board of Directors of The Pipers’ & Pipe Band Society of Ontario it was decided that in order to objectively assess the potential value and benefits to PPBSO members of Piping & Drumming Qualifications Board (PDQB) programs a working group would be created to undertake an appraisal of all PDQB elements as they relate to both pipers and drummers.
As outlined on the PDQB website: “The Piping and Drumming Qualifications Board (PDQB) is the certificating body for a range of qualifications offered jointly by The Army School of Bagpipe Music and Highland Drumming, The Tri Service Cadet Centre, The National Piping Centre, The Piobaireachd Society and The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association (RSPBA). Qualifications are currently available in Piping, in Pipe Band Drumming and in teaching these instruments.”
Said Michael Grey, PPBSO president, “in order to better understand and assess potential uptake to PDQB offerings the board of the PPBSO has asked the Chairs of the Music and Education committees to create a small team to undertake an objective review”.
Jim McGillivray (Music Committee) and John McKay (Education Committee) will seek seasoned experts not currently aligned with society committees to help the PPBSO’s awareness and understanding of PDQB’s cost and benefits.
At the same time the board learned of work underway by the Education Committee to provide both online and in-person workshops to pipers and drummers in Ontario. More information will be made available as plans are finalized!