April 30, 2003

US$50 Fee For Non-EUSPBA Judges Rescinded

The Eastern United States Pipe Band Association (EUSPBA) has reversed its decision to ask sanctioned competitions to pay a US$50 tariff on non-association judges brought in to adjudicate events.

The news was broken by Piper & Drummer Online on March 3, 2003, and was immediately received with lively dialogue both for and against the decision.

Competitions and select individuals received correspondence from EUSPBA president Albert McMullin this week explaining that the organization had decided to rescind the policy, and that it would not ask competitions to pay the fee.

Unlike most other jurisdictions, including the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association and the Pipers & Pipe Band Society of Ontario, the EUSPBA does not actually run its sanctioned competitions. Each event chooses judges independently, and competitors’ entries and fees go directly to the competition, and not the association.

At the time of the original story on the topic, McMullin stated, “The bottom line is I will do everything I can to make sure our ‘final’ decision is in the best interests of our members. If it turns out that on second thought we made a bad decision, I can assure you we will call a spade a spade and move on.”


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