Published: June 12, 2015

PPBSO season starts at Georgetown

The official pipe outdoor pipe band season for the Pipers & Pipe Band Society of Ontario begins on Saturday, June 13, at the annual Georgetown Highland Games in Georgetown, Ontario, the traditional kickoff event for the year in the region.

A relatively robust Grade 1 medley contest is expected, with five bands entered: the 78th Fraser Highlanders, the 78th Highlanders (Halifax Citadel), Ottawa Police Service, the Peel Regional Police and the Toronto Police, the Ontario-based Paris-Port Dover will competed against the Great Lakes Pipe Band of Ohio in Grade 2.

The 78th Fraser Highlanders won Grade 1 at the 2014 Georgetown games.

Numbers are up in the solo events, with 15 entered in the Professional piping and several amateur grades split into two sections.

Those attending are encouraged to sign the pipes|drums-led petition for the Canadian federal government to declare an official National Bagpipe Day in Canada, or print their own form and gather signatures.

Meanwhile in Northern Ireland, the second RSPBA major will take place in Belfast, where a multitude of bands will vie for the UK Championship, and the second of five major competitions on the UK rota. Grade 1 bands will be playing medleys, many debuting new material.

Field Marshal Montgomery won the first major, the British Championships, at Bathgate, Scotland, on May 30th. The first outdoor band event in Ontario was at Kingston, Ontario, on May 23rd, where the Ottawa Police won the Grade 1 event. The band contest was not sanctioned by the PPBSO and does not count toward the organization’s Champion Supreme calculation.

Weather in Belfast is predicted to be partly cloudy with a high of 16, while Georgetown should be mainly sunny, high of 26.

Stay tuned to pipes|drums for results from each event as they are made available, and video from the competition at Georgetown.

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