November 30, 2005

PPBSO elects Rollo president

Ron Rollo is the new President of the Pipers & Pipe Band Society of Ontario, elected by acclamation at the organization’s annual general meeting in Milton, Ontario. Rollo, who has more than four decades of piping, pipe band and administrative experience, has a two-year term, along with the PPBSO’s newly elected Treasurer, John Allen, son of Bob Allen, who completed his fourth term as president.

Due to Rollo leaving his Vice-President position, a special election was made for the vacant post, and Willie Connell will serve for one year, the time left on Rollo’s term. Connell won against Charlie MacDonald, who was also nominated for the vice-president position.

Five motions were tabled and four were passed:

  • PPBSO “Level 2” solo judges will now be allowed to adjudicate every grade but Professional. Previously, the highest grade that those with a Level 2 certificate could judge was Grade 2 amateur. The proposal was put forward originally by the PPBSO’s Music Board.
  • Grade 3, 4 and 5 solo drummers may now “compete” without a piper for a critique, but are not eligible for a prize.
  • A Juvenile band event will be offered at select contests. Bands comprising members 18 and younger, except for one of either the pipe-major, pipe-sergeant or leading-drummer who may be older. Playing requirement will likely be a quick-march medley of between two minutes 45 seconds and four minutes 30 seconds long.
  • A solo bass drumming contest will be offered in the morning of PPBSO games. Competitors will play an MSR and be accompanied by a piper and a snare drummer.

    Outgoing president Bob Allen provided his final President’s Report. In it he called for an Alliance of World Pipe Band Associations to be formed, proposing that the PPBSO take a leadership role in the effort. He also announced that the organization had officially launched a registered not-for-profit arm, “Piper and Drummer Charity Inc.” that will allow the organization to launch new developments in the future.

    At the end of his comments Allen received a standing ovation form the 42 PPBSO members in attendance.


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