The SPBA was originally a branch of the "Prairie Pipe Band Association," which covered Saskatchewan, Manitoba and (sometimes) Alberta. Jim McWilliams took on the task of editing and distributing a Newsletter for members and bands, and they were a welcome addition to the scene. Jim's sense of humour was sometimes reflected in Letters to the Editor from the mysterious "Eldon W. Nerfell," who seemed to have some unusual ideas about how things should be done.
|The Bandsman - 1971 [pdf]
Editor: Willard Lutz
The Bandsman - 1972 [pdf]
|The Bandsman - 1973 [pdf]
Editor: Jim McWilliams
The Bandsman - 1974 [pdf]
|PPBA Newsletter, 1983-84 [pdf]
Editor: Iain MacDonald
Now the newsletter reflected the "Saskatchewan Branch" of the PPBA. Provincial funding regulations were changing, and by the early 1990s the Branch would have to become it's own organizartion in SK to maintain provincial lottery funding.
|PPBA Newsletter, 1986 [pdf]
Editor: Kelly Lewis
|Bylaws and Other PPBA/SPBA docs|
|Original 1969 Bylaws|
|"Pipe Bands Organize" - clipping from Piping Times, 1969|
|PPBA Games Rules - 1970|
|PPBA 1974 Annual Call to Convention|
|PPBA 1974 AGM Committee Meeting Agenda|
|PPBA 1973-74 Treasurer's Report|
|PPBA Contest Results
[Not sure what games!]
"Care and Maintenance of the Bagpipes"
Event Programs & Clippings
|Fort San Concert - 1971|
|Fort San Concert Program - 1982
This was the summer that P-M Donald MacLeod, M.B.E. died and the school did a special presentation in his memory.
|Yorkton Highland Games entry - 1985|
|Fort San Concert - 1987|
Sask Championships - 1981
|A Legislative Controversy - Neil Sutherland not allowed to play at opening of February 1932 Sask Legislature. Clippings from Regina Leader. Feb 5 | Feb 6 | Feb 8 | Feb 8|
|Sask Junior Championships - Indoor Contest in Moose Jaw reported in the Piping Times.|
The first championship in modern days was held in 1975 to determine a representative for the Canadian Pipe Band Championships in Ottawa, and starting in 1976 the event was organized and managed as The Regina Highland Festival by the Wa Wa Shrine Pipes & Drums. The contest used to be held early in September.
| Moose Jaw Archive 1 | Moose Jaw Archive 2
These are two groups of clippings taken from the Moose Jaw Times-Herald by the Robinson family in Moose Jaw and they have lots of results from the MJ Kinsmen Band Festival, and also information about the White Hackle trip to Maxville.
|Saskatoon Highland Games entry - 1992|
|Items from Pipe Bands|
|Canadian Women's Army Corps article|
|10th Field Regiment, R.C.A. - trip itinerary|
|10th Field Regiment, R.C.A. - retreat ceremony|
|Fraser Pipe Band - various clippings 60s/70s|
|16/22 Horse Regiment - there are some lovely, handwritten letters from Jock Chalmers and Roderick McMillan describing the history and membership of the band, and also with Jock's observations about piping in Scotland and Canada.|
|Kindersley Pipe Band History - written by Stuart Kolbinson|
|Early Regina Pipe Band History, by J.A. MacKay|
|White Hackle Tour Program - 1977|
|WaWa Shrine Pipes & Drums - 40th Anniversary Booklet with history, photos, members and anecdotes.|