Due to the extreme temperatures expected this weekend, the WUSPBA rule requiring “head dress” as part of the uniform for competing bands has been waived for Pleasanton this weekend. It will be up to the leadership of each band whether they would like to wear hats or not.
Order of play for the band contest at the Caledonian Club of San Francisco Scottish Highland Games, September 2 & 3, 2017, in Pleasanton, CA:
The WUSPBA Northern Branch AGM will be Saturday, January 21, 2017, at the United Irish Cultural Center in San Francisco.
Any proposed amendments to the Northern Branch bylaws may be submitted to Wes Weber, Northern Branch Secretary, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The meeting will be followed by an awards dinner to honor the 2016 Northern Branch Champions.
More details coming soon!
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.
Due to low enrollment, the Davidson Scottish Arts Academy has canceled its California summer session, originally scheduled for June 26 – July 1 in Vallejo. They hope to offer a California summer session in 2017.
Study piping or drumming in the Bay Area this summer!
The Davidson Scottish Arts Academy is in its inaugural year and will be holding a week-long session at Cal Maritime in Vallejo, June 24 – July 1. Instructors are Pipe Major Brian Donaldson and Donald McBride for piping, and Andrew Hoinacki for drumming.
The Northern Branch will be hosting a solo contest at Ardenwood Historic Farm in Fremont, on Saturday April 2, 2016. The contest is piping only this year, light music and piobaireachd, grades 4, 3, and 2.
Competitors may enter online or print a paper entry form at: https://wuspbanb.org/ardenwood/
Hope to see you there!