October 26th Knockout Contest and AGM
Join us for the second event of the 2019-20 Knockout series, which takes place on Saturday, October 26th! The evening will commence with the Branch AGM at 7:30 pm.
B Piping – Air, 6/8 March
C Piping – 2/4 March
40+ Piping – 2/4 March
Alan Clark will be our piping judge and recitalist for the evening!
How to sign up
The registration form is below, or you can enter on the day.
When: Saturday, October 26th at 7:30 pm (first contestant follows AGM at approx. 8:00 pm)
Where: HMCS Bytown Naval Officers’ Mess, 78 Lisgar St. in downtown Ottawa
Cost: $7.00 per person (competitor or spectator). Branch members only attending the AGM before the contest do not need to pay.
More about Alan Clark
Pipe Major Alan Clark began piping in Oldcastle Ontario where he grew up. His teacher was Pipe Major Colin Hill, grandson of Pipe Major Ron Hill 3rd Canadian Guards. At the age of 14 he was brought down to the Essex and Kent Scottish and recruited as a boy piper. In 1986 he joined the Essex and Kent Scottish and officially started his career as a piper in the Canadian Army. Pipe Major Clark was appointed Pipe Major of the Essex and Kent Scottish in 1992 and was at that time the youngest Pipe Major in the Canadian Army.
Pipe Major Clark joined Ceremonial Guard in 1993 and in 2004 was appointed as Pipe Major.
He was promoted to Master Warrant Officer in 2006 and in April 2007 was awarded the Commander Land Staff Commendation for services to Piping in the Army.
Alan has achieved much success in his piping career outside the military. He holds a Piping Judges Certificate from Pipers and Pipe Band Society of Ontario, a level 6 Graduate Certificate, and Senior Instructors Certificate from the Institute of Piping in Scotland.
Alan has led many bands, including the Windsor Police band from 2000 -2002 which boasted over 100 members within its Grade 2, Grade 4, parade band and teaching school.
In 2010 he was the first winner of the Piping Centre shield at the Scottish Piping Society of London UK and in the same year won the Open Piobaireachd Trophy at the New Hampshire Highland Games.
Alan has been a piper in the Grade 1 78th Fraser Highlanders pipe band and is currently working with the Glengarry Pipe Band from Maxville, Ontario.
Thank you to all that expressed an interest in this. There has been a very healthy response and we will be in touch with registrants about next steps shortly. We’ll also provide an update on our education initiative at the AGM.
Ceremonial Guard Recruiting
The Ceremonial Guard is recruiting! Information on how to apply can be found below. Applications are due by October 31st.
Kingston Police Pipe Band Whisky Tasting Fundraiser
The Kingston Police Pipe Band will be holding a whisky tasting fundraiser on Saturday, November 9th. More details below!