Today the winners for The Pipers’ & Pipe Band Society of Ontario’s 75th anniversary composition contests were announced live on the Society’s Facebook page. There were two events presented. The first, a challenge to composers to create a two-parted 4/4 march. The competition was confined to members of the PPBSO. Three prizes were on offer. The winning tune of this event may be played by the massed bands at the PPBSO summer games in 2022.
Judges for both events were Bill Livingstone and Bob Worrall. Both competitions were very well subscribed with entrants from all over the world.
The winning tune was composed by Tyler Bridge, Guelph, Ontario. Tyler performs his winning tune here. Tyler will receive a full-size engraved practice chanter courtesy of McCallum Bagpipes of Kilmarnock, Scotland. McCallum is a perennial and reliable supporter of piping and drumming initiatives world-wide.
Second place was awarded to Alan Clark, Ottawa, Ontario and third prize to Heather Purvis, Winnipeg, Manitoba. All three prize winners will each receive a free 2022 PPBSO membership.
The first prize of $1000 in the 2/4 competition march contest was generously sponsored by Jim McGillivray’s pipetunes.ca. There were just under 50 entrants in this contest. The winner of this contest was Sean Somers, Calgary, Alberta with his tune, “The PPBSO’s 75th Anniversary March”. Sean performs his winning tune here.
Second prize and $250 went to, Tyler Bridge, for his tune, “75 Years of the PPBSO”.
For his submission, third prize and $200 was awarded to, Dion Boyle, Portadown, Northern Ireland.
Note: In order to ensure anonymity the judges did not review any of the videos submitted by competitors. Any marks on manuscripts that may have indicated the identity of the composer were removed before they were submitted to the judges for review.
The PPBSO would like to thank all contest entrants, judges and generous sponsors for taking part in this outstanding event: the PPBSO’s first of many special events to mark 2022’s 75th anniversary.