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2016 WUSPBA AGM Report

A few major highlights from this year’s WUSPBA AGM in Park City, Utah:

1) The following WUSPBA bands have been upgraded for 2017:

Las Vegas Pipe Band – upgraded to Grade 4
Prince Charles Pipe Band 5 – upgraded to Grade 4
Phoenix Pipe Band – upgraded to Grade 3
Cameron Highlanders 3 – upgraded to Grade 2

2) The Southern Branch has been split into two branches: the Southern California Branch and the Desert Branch, a new branch that encompasses all of Arizona and the Las Vegas area of Nevada.

3) Drum Major competitions are now organized into three (3) grades: Adult Open, Adult Intermediate, and Juvenile.

4) Solo Tenor drumming is now organized into three (3) grades: Open, Intermediate, and Novice.


Summary of the voting outcomes on all of the Bylaw and Contest Rule proposals*:

Bylaws Proposals

Branch Financial Support – FAILED
Reciprocity Limits – PASSED
Pacific Coast Branch – WITHDRAWN
Creation of New Branch – PASSED (as amended)

Contest Rule Proposals

Add Third Drum Major Class – PASSED (as amended)
Aggregate Drum Major Points – PASSED
Massed Bands Minimum Representation – WITHDRAWN
Massed Bands Time Limit – tabled
Massed Bands Tunes and L/D Designation – PASSED (as amended)
Additional Clarifying Wording on MMSR – PASSED
Band Performance and Formations – PASSED
Calculation of Solo Aggregate Points – PASSED (as amended)
Changes to Band Order of Play – PASSED (as amended)
Band Contests and Order of Play – PASSED in part; FAILED in part
Solo Bass Drumming Terminology – PASSED
Solo Tenor Drumming Back to Three Grades – PASSED
Late to the Line Clarifying Wording – WITHDRAWN
Solo Grading Process Change – FAILED

*This is an unofficial report. The final language of each proposal and the official vote outcomes will be posted on the WUSPBA website.

RENO – Unofficial Results (Bands)

Reno Celtic Celebration
Saturday, 10/1/2016
Bartley Ranch Regional Park, Reno, NV

Band Results (Unofficial*)

Grade 4 Time Limit Medley
Adjudicators: Campbell Naismith (Piping), Jeff Anderson (Piping), Liza McAdam (Ensemble), David McAdam (Drumming)
1. Stewart Tartan Pipes & Drums (2, 2, 1, 1)
2. Irish Pipers Band of San Francisco (1, 1, 3, 2)
3. Jefferson Pipe Band (3, 3, 2, 3)

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PLEASANTON – Unofficial Results (Bands, Both Days)

Caledonian Club of San Francisco Scottish Highland Games – Day 1
Saturday, 9/3/2016
Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton, CA

Band Results (Unofficial*)

Grade 1 MSR
Adjudicators: Donald Lindsay (Piping), Campbell Naismith (Piping), Alan Bevan (Ensemble), Hugh Cameron (Drumming)
1. Triumph Street Pipe Band (1, 1, 1, 1)
2. Los Angeles Scottish Pipe Band (2, 2, 2, 3)
3. Prince Charles Pipe Band (3, 3, 3, 2) [challenge up]

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MONTEREY – Unofficial Results (Sunday)

Monterey Scottish Games – Day 2
8/7/2016
Monterey County Fairgrounds, Monterey, CA

Band Results (Unofficial*)

Grade 4 Time Limit Medley
Adjudicators: Glen Thompson (Piping x2), Campbell Naismith (Ensemble), Liza McAdam (Drumming)
1. Stewart Tartan Pipes & Drums (1, 1, 1, 1)
2. Monterey Bay Pipe Band (3, 3, 2, 4)†
3. Irish Pipers Band of San Francisco (2, 2, 5, 3)
4. City of Sacramento Pipe Band (4, 4, 4, 2)
5. MacIntosh Pipe Band (5, 5, 3, 5)
6. Jefferson Pipe Band (6, 6, 6, 6)

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MONTEREY – Unofficial Results (Saturday)

Monterey Scottish Games – Day 1
8/6/2016
Monterey County Fairgrounds, Monterey, CA

Band Results (Unofficial*)

Grade 4 Mini MSR
Adjudicators: Campbell Naismith (Piping x2), Glen Thompson (Ensemble), Liza McAdam (Drumming)
1. City of Sacramento Pipe Band (1, 1, 3, 2)
2. Irish Pipers Band of San Francisco (2, 2, 1, 3)
3. Stewart Tartan Pipes & Drums (3, 3, 4, 1)
4. Monterey Bay Pipe Band (4, 4, 2, 5)
5. MacIntosh Pipe Band (5, 5, 5, 6)
6. Jefferson Pipe Band (6, 6, 6, 4)

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