A Message to All Members of the PPBSO:
The PPBSO’s core value to members is the community it represents. In the teeming diversity of our ever-busy multicultural world the PPBSO offers lovers of the music of the pipes and drums a place to call home. A place to preserve and promote a great tradition.
This past pandemic year, the Ottawa Branch and others branches collectively staged over two dozen events for members. That’s especially impressive considering the need for everyone to immediately adopt technology – and adapt accordingly!
The PPBSO is working at developing new revenue streams, but the truth of the matter is that membership fees are currently the society’s most important source of income, especially for branches.
Contrary to what some might think, the PPBSO is not just a “highland games-running machine”. In fact, 22% of your membership fee directly supports the Branch. Paid members can access all Ottawa Branch events at a discount, or in some cases no cost. We are grateful for your support!
2020-21 Knockout Series: Final Results!
We are proud to announce the final results for the 2020-21 Knockout series. Congratulations to all participants!
Judges for the finals were Andrea Boyd, Scott Nicholson, and Reagan Jones.
Thank you again to everyone who supported this year’s virtual Knockout Series, which had a great reception. The Knockouts included more than 100 performances, with competitors and adjudicators taking part from Australia to Scotland and many places in between. Stayed tuned for information about the 2021-22 series!
We are grateful to the Scottish and Irish Store for donating a personalized plaque for the winner in each category. Each finalist will also receive a $25 gift card to the Scottish and Irish Store, courtesy of the Ottawa Branch executive.
A Piping Medley
B Piping Medley
B Snare MSR
C Snare March Medley
A Tenor MSR
A Bass MSR
Pro Bass MSR
Prizes Scholarships and More
R.G. Hardie is donating two engraved practice chanters as prizes to be awarded at the conclusion of the school.
Scott's Highland Services are donating a set of Trad A smallpipes to be awarded at the conclusion of the school.
R.G. Hardie is donating a $350 scholarship to one 18 and under student attending the 2021 school. Applicants will need to send a short letter (250 words or less) to Summer Blast outlining how they will benefit from the school and explaining why they are a worthy recipient of this scholarship. While not required, applicants may wish to submit a short video of their playing. Applications will need to be received on or before May 1, 2021.
All registrations completed and received on or prior to April 30 will go into a draw for a free 2021 Summer Blast!
To help accommodate students residing outside the Eastern Time Zone, the start time for classes each day will be 10 a.m. as opposed to 9 a.m.
The cut off date for registrations will be Friday, June 11. This will give organizers sufficient time to structure the classes and organize timetables for all students.