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Knockout Contest THIS Saturday, November 3rd and December 1st PDQB Info-Session

Next Knockout: November 3rd

The next Ottawa Branch Knockout will take place this Saturday, November 3rd. This event will include our new “C” Piping category! Contests for the evening include:

  1. 40+ Piping – Air, 6/8 March (min. 4 pts for march)

  2. *NEW* C Piping – 3/4 March (2 pts)

  3. B Piping – 2/4 March (4 pts)

Our judge for the evening will be Amy Garson.

  1. When: Saturday, November 3rd. First competitor at 7:30 pm.

  2. Where: HMCS Bytown Naval Officers’ Mess, 78 Lisgar St. in downtown Ottawa

  3. Cost: $7.00 per person

Players can sign up in advance or register to play upon arrival (on the day registrants will play first in each category).


PDQB Info-Session: December 1st

The previously announced PDQB Info-Session will take place on December 1st, before that evening’s Knockout.

  1. When: Saturday, December 1st – 3:00 pm until approximately 5:30 pm

  2. Where: HMCS Bytown Naval Officers’ Mess, 78 Lisgar St. in downtown Ottawa

  3. This info-session is free of charge

To provide us with an attendance estimate, please complete this brief form if you plan to attend:

More about PDQB

The PDQB was established in 2006 “by the RSPBA and the member organisations of the Institute of Piping (Army School of Bagpipe Music and Highland Drumming, College of Piping, National Piping Centre and Piobaireachd Society), to create a single structure of certificated qualifications in Piping, Pipe Band Drumming, Pipe Bands and associated areas”.

The PDQB offers certificates to pipers, drummers, as well as piping and drumming instructors at various levels.

Why is the PPBSO and Ottawa Branch promoting PDQB certifications?

PDQB certification is a great motivator for education, and offers a method to recognize players’ abilities outside of competition grades. Over the longer term, the PPBSO wants to implement this model such that piping and drumming qualifications could be recognized as curriculum credits by school boards.


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