Published: December 31, 2005

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.

Pipe Bands

  • 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

    Solo Piping

    Piobaireachd

  • 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

    Light Music

  • 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

    Solo Drumming

    Snare

  • 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

    Flourishing Tenor

  • Amateur to Professional: Rachel Cox, Karissa Whiting

    Rhythm Tenor

  • Amateur to Professional: Karissa Whiting

    Bass

  • 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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