Seminar attracts 25 PPBSO judges
The annual Pipers & Pipe Band Society of Ontario Adjudicators’ Seminar in Campbellville, Ontario, on April 21 covered a range of topics and focused particularly on the ensemble side of judging and brought accredited people out, despite it being held on the first sunny and warm Saturday of the year.
The afternoon segment was of particular interest, with PPBSO Music Board members Doug Stronach and Bob Worrall respectively leading segments on “The Tuning of the Pipe Band Mid-section” and example recordings of competing Grade 3 bands that each attendee assessed and discussed as a group.
Stronach’s session delved into the process that today’s top pipe band mid-sections can go through when they develop scores and “voicing” from bass and tenor drums, as well as the impact that flourishing can have on the perception of a band’s overall performance. Lively and constructive debate occurred, with many judges present saying that the session opened their eyes to new ways of listening to and looking at the contributions of a pipe band mid-section.
Worrall also spearheaded a lively segment entitled “The Language of the Score Sheet,” with piping judges at the session separated into groups to discuss terminology that could be used on score sheets for describing Tone, Technique and Musicality. The three groups brain-stormed descriptors that each judge may have used to describe somewhat esoteric aspects of performances.
Twenty-five PPBSO judges attended the event, which ran from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.: Tom Anderson, Pete Aumonier, Scott Bell, Andrew Berthoff, John Cairns, Hugh Cameron, George Campbell, Rob Crabtree, Harvey Dawson, Sandy Dewar, Drew Duthart, Lori Gaudet, Eddie Gorman, Michael Grey, Bill Livingstone, Bruce MacDonald, Charlie MacDonald, Iain Macey, Lynda Mackay, Ed Neigh, Geoff Neigh, Craig Stewart, Doug Stronach, Brian Williamson, and Bob Worrall.
The PPBSO asks its accredited judges to attend at least one Adjudicators’ Seminar every two years to ensure that they are in good standing on the association’s panel.
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