Updates: New Date for PDQB Info-Session, Next Knockout, George Sherriff & Ceremonial Guard Recr


Next Knockout: November 3rd

The next Ottawa Branch Knockout will take place on 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

There is still time to register!

Learn more and sign up today


PDQB Info-Session: New Date – December 1st

The previously announced PDQB Info-Session will now 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:

Register for PDQB Info-Session

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.

Ceremonial Guard Recruitment

The Ceremonial Guard is recruiting! Click the image below to access the Ceremonial Guard’s website.

George Sherriff Memorial Invitational: November 17th

The 2018 George Sherriff Memorial Invitational Piping Contest will be held on Saturday, November 17th in Hamilton, Ontario.

The event brings together top amateur players from across North America, and provides players a taste of what it’s like to play at a major professional event. For many past competitors, this contest has been a springboard to the professional ranks.

This year, Ottawa Branch member Liam Melville is one of the invitees!

We encourage all who can attend to do so and support this terrific event.

More details about this year’s George Sherriff can be found here.

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