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Sound Advice 2018

The snow is falling and it seems like a long time until July, but plans are well underway for Sound Advice 2018, and we already have some really exciting news!

 

IMG 5080We're working on booking instructors for 2018, and at this point we can confirm that Callum Beaumont will be back at Sound Advice in 2018, and we also have the return of Steven McWhirter, the L-D of current World Champion Drum Corps, and overall World Champion pipe band, Inveraray and District. Most impressively, Steven has just won his 8th World Solo Drumming Championship, and completed a string of seven in a row! Steven has been at Sound Advice is the past, and we're looking forward to welcoming him back!

 

Upcoming Events

• Friday, November 24 at 7pm - REGINA PIPERS' CLUB, at Elks Hall, 4915 1st Ave N, Regina.

Saturday, November 25 - Saskatoon Mini Gathering (Details TBA)

• Friday, January 12 at 7pm - REGINA PIPERS' CLUB, at Elks Hall, 4915 1st Ave N, Regina.

• Friday, February TBA at 7pm - REGINA PIPERS' CLUB, at Elks Hall, 4915 1st Ave N, Regina.

• February 9-10th - Mid-Winter Celtic Festival

• February 24 - Regina Mini Gathering

SPBA Members: if you have an event that you'd like to see here, SEND EMAIL.

Regina Mini Gathering 2017

IMG 4788SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25th

Thanks to everyone who came out to play and enjoy tunes at the Mini Gathering! 

We had about 40 solo piping performances, 20 solo drumming, and 10 band performances. Bands with members performing were: The Conservatory of Performing Arts, The 96 Highlanders, City of Regina, North Saskatchewan Regiment, Saskatoon Police and Prince Albert Highlanders.

Many thanks to our volunteer adjudicators for this event: Barry Robinson, Brett Stinson, Kenna Whelan, Bryde Whelan, and Eva Rennie.

Special thanks to the Regina volunteers who organized and setup the school location, operated the food service, and did all the stewarding.

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A one-year commitment for a banner ad on the site is $100 CDN. If you would like to place a banner ad to support the site and the SPBA, but don't have the ad, we can assist with that for an extra $40, with all funds going to support the SPBA. This is not only an excellent value, but also a great support to the SPBA, and the programs we run on behalf of Saskatchewan pipe bands.

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Regina Pipers' Club

Regina piper Scott Young (RCMP Pipes & Drums) has organized the Regina Pipers' Club, which is described as:

"We aim to provide you with a way of keeping your pipes going strong through our long winter. If anyone out there is interested in performing, please contact the page."

Mark your calendar for the Pipers’ Club Friday night sessions! We’ll have guest performers each night, and then it’s up to you!  Bring your pipes for a tune, or just enjoy the music and chat.

This is for anyone interested in playing or listening to pipe music! Fun for all ages and skill levels. Bring your smallpipes/whistles etc. and there will be a chance 

to have some tunes together for anyone who wants. 

September 22 • October 13 • November 24 • January 12 • February 9

at the Elks Club. [MAP LINK]

Feel free to join the Facebook page for the club to get updates and news of activities.

SPBA Mini Gathering, November 26

nsrThe SPBA's annual Mini Gathering Program kicked off the season in Saskatoon at Wildwood School. 

We had a good entry from soloists and bands, with the following bands represented:

• North Saskatchewan Regiment Pipes and Drums

• The Saskatoon Police Pipe Band

• The 96th Highlanders

• The Prince Albert Highlanders

• The Conservatory of Performing Arts (Regina)

• The City of Regina Pipe Band

Thanks to our volunteer adjudicators for the day, to the Saskatoon parent volunteers and organizers, and thanks to the NSR Pipe Band for the photos of the bands. Visit the SPBA Facebook page to see the photos.

Watch here for details of the next SPBA Mini Gathering, to be held in Regina after Christmas.

Saskatchewan Champions

The following pipe bands were declared "Saskatchewan Champions" following the 2016 contests at Regina:

 

Grade 2 - The City of Regina Pipe Band

Grade 3  - The Saskatoon Police

Grade 4 -  The Conservatory of Performing Arts

Grade 5 - The Conservatory of Performing Arts

SPBA Member Ads

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McCallum Bagpipe

African blackwood with imitation ivory mounts, in excellent shape: Asking $1,595.00   

  • 20171029 204113Brand new Kinnaird evolution drone reeds
  • Bannatyne hide synthetic bag with zipper --- airtight
  • Older Ross cannister system
  • Pipe box
  • Bag cover and cords
  • Korg CA20 tuner
  • Blowpipe stock ferrule is damaged (ferrule could be easily replaced) 
  • Chanter is poly WarMac - not original to pipes

 

Contact Val Gray for more information/photos

 

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Vests and Glengarries

17 black vests available. IMG 0255
 
• 4 youth sizes - 10-12ish
• 9 teen/adult sizes 
• 4 youth/ladies (darts) in a range of sizes 32to 38ish?
 
The vests mostly have buttons, 2-3 have black buttons rather than silver, and I think there’s one adult vest with no buttons.
 
Glengarries- 20 glens in a range of sizes. Most had old band badges sewn directly on. $5 each if you buy them all. $10 for individual sizes.

Contact owner

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saskatoon police andanteThe Saskatoon Police Pipes and Drums is selling four Andante tenor drums and one Andante  smaller bass drum for sale. Brand new, never been used, still in box. 

Original cost $3800. Reasonable offers will be considered. For individual prices, pictures and details contact Saskatoon Police Pipes and Drums at sppd@sasktel.net.

 

 

schmidt_drumDRUM FOR SALE

Selling a Premier HTS200, purchased in the late 1990s. This drum was purchased new  and used a little for solos and once or twice for band, but has really had very little use, and remains in "like new" condition. Asking $500 o.b.o. To see the drum, or make an offer please EMAIL.

Includes fibre case shown. 

 

 

 

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