A few major highlights from this year’s WUSPBA AGM in Sacramento, California:
1) The new President of WUSPBA is Jeff Mann, and the new Band Registrar is Charlie Butterworth.
2) The Music Board will undertake to create a list of recommended tunes for Grade 4 piobaireachd. Competitors may consult this list to aid them in selecting a piobaireachd that is appropriate for their grade level. Use of this list will be optional.
3) Next year’s AGM will be hosted by the Southern Branch in Southern California.
Summary of the voting outcomes on all of the Contest Rule proposals*:
Contest Rule Proposals
CR1 – Juvenile Bands – PASSED
CR2 – Piobaireachd Grading – FAILED
CR3 – Piobaireachd Set Tunes – FAILED
CR4 – QMM Part Definition – FAILED
CR6 – Tune Reusage – PASSED (as amended)
CR7 – Sanction Midsection Competition – WITHDRAWN
CR8 – Alternate Grades on Contest Days – FAILED
CR9 – 6/8 March Requirements for Grades 1 & 2 – FAILED
*This is an unofficial report. The final language of each proposal and the official vote outcomes will be posted on the WUSPBA website.