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Save the Date!

Hello Saskatchewan Pipe and Drum Bands

As discussed at our AGM we are in the planning stages for a SPBA sponsored all ages band day tentatively scheduled for Sept 24 in Regina. 
  • Provide some quality instruction for band members.
  • Provide opportunity for socializing and networking with other musicians from around the province after the long Covid season of being apart.
  • Provide some motivation and inspiration for players at the start of the season to help all of our bands regroup 
We are still working out the details but tentatively we are planning for group and break out sessions throughout the day from 12 noon to 5pm, followed by a ceilidh in the evening.  Potential topics for sessions include
  • Bagpipe maintenance 
  • Band leadership
  • Playing as a core - setting up a good ensemble
  • Drum tuning from snare to base
  • Instruction in other celtic instruments, small pipes, whistle, bodhran, fiddle 
  • How to start students - back to basics
  • How to maintain reeds - Breaking in a reed without breaking it.
  • Judging seminar - Training our own judges for mini gatherings etc and also as a competitor learning what judges look for.
Our intention is to utilize some of our own experts within the province and also bring in some leaders from our neighbouring provinces.

As discussed at the AGM the SPBA received a significant additional grant from the Sask Band Association ( SBA) to help build back.  Our intent is to charge a nominal registration fee to attendees with the majority of the cost being sponsored by the SPBA.

Your involvement 
  • Get the word out to your band members to save the date - Sept 24 Regina
  • Review the topic list above.  Let us know which sessions are of interest to you.  Send other suggestions.
  • We have a few instructor ideas but if you have local Prairie musicians that you would like to learn from at our event send us their names and contact info
We would like to finalize the program and instructors by the end of July so please send your ideas in the next week or so.  If you have any other questions or comments please reach out to me directly.


Wayne Rempel
Past President SPBA

Thanks for Another Great SOUND ADVICE!


Thanks to our 2022 Instructors and students for a great summer camp. It was fantastic to be back in person with students from BC, AB, SK, MB and ON and they enjoyed world-class instruction from:



It was a great mix of people and a lot of fun and learning took place. We are so fortunate to have the support of many people to make this happen each year.

This was the 19th year of the school since it was re-formatted in 2004.

Saskatchewan Champions

The following pipe bands were declared "Saskatchewan Champions" following the 2022 Saskatchewan Highland Gathering and Celtic Festival:

SaskatoonPolice May2022 

Grade 2 - The City of Regina Pipe Band

Grade 3  - n/a

Grade 4 -  The Saskatoon Police Pipes & Drums

Grade 5 - n/a

New Drum Scores For All Massed Bands

Following extensive discussion across North American pipe band associations, it has been decided to write a new set of snare, tenor and bass scores for massed bands.

The current "standard scores" used in most places were composed for Ontario Grade 1 and 2 bands in the 1970s for the CNE Tattoo, and for years have been found too difficult for many players, especially new learners in developing and lower grade bands. The new scores are designed to be musical, while at the same time being within the skill range of the majority of drummers at any event. This will enable more players to enjoy and play the scores, and will make for a better sounding massed band.

Please download the scores and go through them with your drummers, and we'll look forward to hearing them at the Saskatchewan Highland Gathering in May!


LINK TO SCORES  [REVISED March 21, 2022]



Snare scores recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WStjW9CdheA

Videos of Tenor & Bass:

2/4: https://youtu.be/XKweRryI7gU

3/4: https://youtu.be/8uBQy2TD3qw

4/4: https://youtu.be/NOmFn-NVujw

6/8: https://youtu.be/lrePEtpve5I

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