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Updates: September 28th Knockout and PDQB Initiative

Knockout Contest

We’re looking forward to getting the 2019-20 Knockout series underway on Saturday, September 28th.

Our drumming judge will be Joe Kiah, and our piping judge and recitalist for the evening will be Ed Bush. Ed was recently inducted into the Brockville and Area Music and Performing Arts Hall of Fame. You can read more about that accomplishment here.

September 28th Events

  1. A Piping – Two 6/8 Marches

  2. A Drumming – MSR

  3. B Drumming – 6/8 March

  4. 40+ Drumming – 2/4 March

How to sign up

The draw for the first event will be in reverse order of entry. We ask that all competitors sign up in advance, though it is possible to register on the day.


  1. When: Saturday, September 28th at 7:30 pm

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

  3. Cost: $7.00 per person (competitor or spectator)


PDQB Initiative

Over the past several months, the Branch has discussed efforts to leverage the Piping and Drumming Qualifications Board (PDQB) certification structure as one way to encourage teaching and learning in our region.

Based on discussions following our info-session last winter, we are going to proceed with this initiative on a trial basis and start by offering an opportunity for interested piping students to receive certification (approx. SCQF levels 1-4). Bob Worrall will be in Ottawa the weekend of November 30th Knockout for this.

Keep an eye out in the next day or so for a full update and announcement including information on how to express interest, and further details on next steps for the broader initiative.

In the interim, you can read more about the PDQB here.


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