Opinion: Clean Break – a call for change – Part 2
Introduction of a pay-per-view live-streaming platform to assist in financing WPBA overheads.
The WPBA Tour Championship stops the rapid decline of the global pipe band movement that facilitates recovery, development and growth into a global brand that embraces year-round participation and encourages travel opportunities under a unified global brand that is commercially attractive to sponsors, advertisers and media streaming opportunities. Most importantly, pipe bands become stronger through stricter registration and transfer policies, and are incentivized to grow their own talent base through local player development strategies.
The problems that are blighting our game today are not insurmountable as long as everyone can admit things need to change. Regardless of what side of the fence you stand on as association officials, players, family, enthusiasts or trade, we all want the same thing, and that is for pipe bands to continue to have a sustainable competitive platform that enables the art form to prosper.
The problems that are blighting our game today are not insurmountable
as long as everyone can admit things need to change.
If we share that common goal as a foundation, then collectively, we should have the wherewithal as human beings to work together rather than against one another to protect what we have left, turn the state of decline around, and build a legacy that is bigger, bolder and better for the future generations of piping and drumming that we can be proud of. It’s a win-win situation for everyone with nothing to lose and everything to gain for pipe bands.
The alternative? I don’t think we have one.
Scott Currie is a four-time World Pipe Band Championship-winning drummer now retired following a 30-year competitive career between 1987 and 2016.
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