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Sound Advice 2019 Dates and Instructors

June 30 - July 5, 2019

SOUND ADVICE 2019 planning is underway, and Callum Beaumont and Steven McWhirter have been confirmed for the 2019 staff. Callum is fresh off his 3rd Clasp win from Inverness, and preparing for tghe 2018 Glenfiddich Championships, and Steven this year was once again Champion of Champions pipe band in Scotland with Inveraray and District, and currently preparing to defend his World Solo Drumming Championship!

Registration and more details will be available on the website soon!

2018 school

Upcoming Events


• January 11 - Regina Pipers' Club - at Royal Canadian Legion, 1820 Cornwall Street, 7:30pm

 • February 9 - Mid-Winter Celtic Festival - Watch for announcements at www.reginacelticfestival.org

February 22 - Regina Pipers' Club - at Royal Canadian Legion, 1820 Cornwall Street, 7:30pm

February 23 - SPBA Mini Gathering  - Winston Knoll Collegiate, Regina

March 22 - Regina Pipers' Club - at Royal Canadian Legion, 1820 Cornwall Street, 7:30pm

March 8 - Winnipeg Scottish Festival  - www.winnipegscottishfestival.org

• May 17 - Prairie Piping Invitational  www.saskhighland.ca

• May 18/19 - Sask Highland Gathering - Details are being added at www.saskhighland.ca


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

Register NOW for Sound Advice 2018

Spring is on the way, and we have a really exciting instructor list for Sound Advice 2018!

Callum Beaumont  • Steven McWhirter • Blair T. Brown • Danielle Millar • Eilidh MacDonald • Ruaridh MacDonald

REGISTER NOW to assure your place, and also have a look at the growing list of scholarships on offer.

Advertisers & Sponsors

The following banners are advertisers and/or sponsors who have contributed cash and/or services to SPBA programs. To become a sponsor yourself, or to take advasnatge of the ridiculously inexpensive banner advertising, read this.


Banner ads on the SPBA web site

Place a banner ad on the SPBA web site, and help us in our mission to develop interest and ability in pipe band, solo piping and drumming music! The Saskatchewan pipe band community has always struggled to maintain bands and events, and you can get a great picture of the last 100 years by browsing our excellent [and growing!] archive.

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.

Banner creation

The SPBA web site was rebuilt recently, and has been attracting more than 800 unique visitors monthly since the rebuild. The stats for 2016 are below.

spba 2016 web stats

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 23

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

The SPBA provides a "classified ad" service for members and supporters. To have your ad placed here, please send copy and photo [where applicable] to the web master.


Kinnaird Drone Reeds

kinnaird reedsKinnaird Carbon Fibre Drone Reeds – used very little.  $40 including postage.  Please contact me atrewatson@myaccess.ca


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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