Thanks to students and staff at the SPBA summer camp "Sound Advice" for another exceptional school. We had a fantastic group of students who worked really hard all week, and the instruction, accommodations and food were all excellent. Congratulations to Elli Fuelscher (Conservatory Pipe Band) and Lexie Cypurda (Transcona & District) for winning $300 scholarships toward the 2019 school, and to all the student prize winners who received gifts courtesy of McCallum Bagpipes.
• July & August - Register for bagpipes, drumming lessons in Regina - Conservatory of Performing Arts
• August 17/18 - World Pipe Band Championships - Check out the livestream at https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00dp4m5
• September 22 - Transcona Highland Games - https://www.transconahighlandgathering.org/
• TBA - SPBA FALL GATHERING - is your band interested? Let us know!
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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
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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.
The 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.
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
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Kinnaird Drone Reeds
Kinnaird Carbon Fibre Drone Reeds – used very little. $40 including postage. Please contact me firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
The 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 email@example.com.
DRUM 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.