Saskatoon pipe bands hosted a mini gathering at Wildwood School on November 29 that featured solo and band performances, and also an opportunity for some people to try their hand at judging. Solo judges included Raphael Mercier, Ben Newman, Luke Newman, Dave MacIntosh and Willie Currams.
In both solo and band events, judges gave written adjudications without awarding prizes, which proved encouraging and developmental for small numbers of soloists at this time of year. Three pipe bands performed a march medley, and while the judges did write regular adjudication sheets, they also spoke to the bands on the floor after each performance, discussing the strong points and areas for development with each pipe band. Band judges were Jessica Wallace (ensemble), Barbara MacDonald (piping), Dave MacIntosh )piping) and Willie Currams (drumming).
SPBA President Kathleen Fehilly-Douglas thanked the parents and volunteers of the 96th Highlanders and North Saskatchewan Regiment for their assistance, and the "Gordon Findlater Scholarahips" from Sound Advice Summer School 2014 were presented to Emma Woodtke (96th Highlanders) and Cyrus Felstrom-Stenka (Conservatory).
The tentative date for the next event is Januray 31 in Regina. Watch the web site for details!
It's time for member bands to complete their year-end reports, and also submit membership and nominal roll information for 2015. Completion of the paperwork means that bands are eligible for community band grants from the SPBA.
Solo grading cards are needed by all soloists (except 1st-year chanter and drum pad students) to compete at Highland Games anywhere in North America. You can apply individually ONLINE, or by using the paper mail-in form. As well, there is an option for pipe bands to register ALL their soloists at once for a discount.
The Saskatoon Police Pipes and Drums is looking for drummers, particularly snare drummers. Although the band competes in grade 3, all levels are welcome so come out and meet us at practise on Wednesday nights at 7:00 pm at the Saskatoon Legion on Spadina Cresent and 17th Street.
Contact: Dave Mackintosh 306-227-7473 or by email.