PPBSO makes upgrades official
The Pipers & Pipe Band Society of Ontario has made its band and solo grading changes official, with more than 30 pipers, drummers, and bands being mandated to move up a grade. Leading the list is the Windsor Police Pipe Band, which makes the challenging jump to Grade 1 in 2006.
The Grading Committee of the PPBSO’s Music Board reviewed all 2005 results, discussed standards and performances, and passed its recommendations for approval by the organizations Executive team. To enforce objectivity, the PPBSO’s Grading Committee comprises members who are not actively competing.
From Grade 2 to Grade 1: Windsor Police
From Grade 4 to Grade 3: Rob Roy
From Grade 5 to Grade 4: Paris Port Dover
From Intermediate Amateur to Sr. Amateur: Marc Dupuis
From Junior Amateur to Intermediate Amateur: Ryerson Fitzpatrick, Kaitlin Kimove, Joshua McFarlane, Jonathan Verrett
From Novice to Junior Amateur: All PPBSO members who competed in that grade in 2005
From Grade 2 Amateur to Grade 1 Amateur: Stuart Aumonier, Marc Dupuis, Erika Kelly, Joshua MacFarlane, Andrew MacPhail
From Grade 3 Amateur to Grade 2 Amateur: Scott Balcain, Jason Blommers, Greg Bowen, Joshua Lamont, Colin MacKay, Jonathan Verrett, Glen Walpole
From Grade 4 Amateur to Grade 3 Amateur: Cayly Bellan, Andrew Griffin, Molly Mollison, Ben Reid, Elizabeth Sheridan, Garth Sinclair, Mitchell Snaden, Jake Tremblay
From Grade 5 Amateur to Grade 4 Amateur: All PPBSO members who competed in that grade in 2005
Grade 1 Amateur to Professional: Sean Donaldson, Jeremy Haynes, Sean Lawry, Alex Wright
Grade 2 Amateur to Grade 1 Amateur: Kyle Grant, Mike Tuzyk
Grade 3 Amateur to Grade 2 Amateur: Colby Bellan, Brent Burley, Matthew Hall, Robert Paquin
Grade 4 Amateur to Grade 3 Amateur: Iain Bell, Doug Crowe, Zack Miller, Jacob Pritchett
Grade 5 Amateur to Grade 4 Amateur: Stuart Aumonier, Cindy Kimove, Carmen McKail, Blair Robertson
Amateur to Professional: Rachel Cox, Karissa Whiting
Amateur to Professional: Karissa Whiting
Novice to Amateur: Robert Crawford
Amateur to Professional: John Fletcher
Other members of the association may be re-graded after their written applications are reviewed and approved.
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