January 31, 2004

Fifth ANAPBA Summit set for January 9-11

The fifth annual Summit meeting of the members of the Alliance of North American Pipe Band Associations (ANAPBA) is scheduled to be held January 9 to 11 at the United Scottish Cultural Centre and Coast Vancouver Airport Hotel in Vancouver.

This year’s event is hosted by the British Columbia Pipers Association. All but one of the ten member associations will send representatives.

In a controversial move, the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association (EUSPBA) announced on December 30 that it had pulled out of 2004 event, citing displeasure over the EUSPBA being criticized by the current chair, Robert MacNeil, for the association developing two new branches. The Midwest Pipe Band Association alleged that the new EUSPBA branches encroached on their established geography.

Kevin Reilly, Chairman of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association (RSPBA), will attend the Summit. Reilly’s airfare is reportedly covered by the RSPBA, while ANAPBA is picking up the cost of his accommodation, “as a show of courtesy,” according to MacNeil.

Summit agenda items include:

  • “Bridging the Gap between International Pipe Band Associations and the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association”
  • Follow up activities from the 2002 ANAPBA Summit in Atlanta and the International Pipe Band Associations conference in Glasgow in August 2003
  • Discussions on improved methodologies for gradings / promotions and for determining season-long champions in solos and bands
  • Concept of each association holding an “association championship contest” to determine its champion soloists and bands in each grade
  • Development of the near term plan for ANAPBA and associated
    organizational documents

    While most of the meeting’s agenda is dedicated to ANAPBA matters within North America, a portion of the Saturday session entitled “Working with the RSPBA” centres on issues related to the World Championships, international grading committees, and North American qualifying competitions for the World’s.


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