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Meet The EC Nominees
9/13/2016
Executive Committee Elections are coming up soon. Read the biographies of the nominees for the upcoming Executive Election. Here is a list of the Open Positions:
- President - Incumbent Daniel Cole
- Vice President - Incumbent Jim Dillahey
- Recording Secretary - Incumbent Betsy Bethel-McFarland
- Officer at Large - Tom Burnham and Dale R. Mitchell are the nominees. Thank you to Wayne Holscott for his service as Officer at Large. more
Policy Manual Updated
3/14/2016
The Executive Committee met recently and updated the EUSPBA Policy Manual. Find it on this website under About EUSPBA/EUSPBA Forms.
In addition, the EC has published an updated version of "So You Want To Compete", with new information for beginning (and not so new) competitors. Find it under Competing/Info for Competitors.
EUSPBA 2016 AGM Announced
2/29/2016
The EUSPBA Annual General Meeting will be held on November 11-13, 2016 at the Holiday Inn Inner Harbor, Baltimore MD. This location is convenient to most of our membership, and is situated In the heart of Baltimore's entertainment center.

Building on the success of last year's AGM, The EC plans on a significant increase in attendance with the new format combined with several 'must-see' events. Contests, recitals, and workshops are all being considered. Please check here for details as they develop. more more
New Competition Rules and Regulations
1/6/2016
The updated Rules and Regulations for Competition have been posted on this site. The update is earlier than usual thanks to a lighter list of proposals at the November AGM. Check our Rules/Policies page to see the new document. more
Passing: Andy White 1930-2015
11/11/2015
Drumming Judge Andy White passed away Monday in NJ at 85 years old.
Andy White was the Scottish session drummer hired by producer George Martin to play on the first Beatles single, “Love Me Do” and “P.S. I Love You,” George hired Andy to play drums because he was unsure as to Ringo Starr’s ability. Andy went on to play many other sessions, including Tom Jones’ “It’s Not Unusual,” Lulu’s version of “Shout” and recordings by Tom Jones, Englebert Humperdinck, Dusty Springfield, Herman’s Hermits and Petula Clark.
2015 Election Results Announced
11/9/2015
We would like to thank each of the candidates for running for the Executive Committee this year. It was a historic election in that it was our first digital EC election and will be the template for the future. The weighted turnout for this year’s election was 50.1% of the membership which is the highest we have on record with 1,442 votes cast. Normally we would announce the results on the Friday night of the AGM, however we felt it more appropriate for the results to be posted with enough time for individuals to make travel plans.

2015 Executive Election Results:
• Treasurer: Matt Wood (Incumbent/unopposed)
• Executive Secretary: Sheldon Hamblin (Incumbent/unopposed)
• Officer at Large: Carole Hackett

Again, thank you to all of you who ran this year! V/R, Jim Dillahey, EUSPBA Vice President
Premier Professional Drumming Contest
10/1/2015
The EUSPBA will hold a premier professional drumming contest on Saturday, Nov 14, 2015, the night of the 2015 AGM at the Holiday Inn Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD. Judges will be Hugh Cameron of Kitchener, Ontario and Reid Maxwell of Coquitlam, British Columbia. There will be two drumming events, each with prize money of $500 first, $300 second, $200 third and $100 fourth for each event. See EUSPBA Calendar below for more information.
Regrade Requests Due by November 1
9/15/2015
Your membership renewal and dues must accompany your Grade Change Request Form. Forms are available on this website or contact zecsec@EUSPBA.org to have one mailed to you. Your request must be postmarked no later than November 1, 2015, and be accompanied by your membership renewal form and dues for 2016.
The Grading Committee will meet in early December and competitors will be notified of their decision shortly afterwards. NO GRADING REQUESTS WILL BE CONSIDERED AFTER THE NOVEMBER 1 DEADLINE.
Please direct all grading questions to zecsec@EUSPBA.org.
Passing: Ed Neigh 1945-2015
8/8/2015
Ed Neigh of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada passed away suddenly on August 8, 2015. He was a well known piper, pipe major, teacher and adjudicator. He sat on the EUSPBA Judges panel for many years.
Ed was a major influence in the piping community. He was among the first Canadian pipers to compete in Scotland, and was instrumental in creating the Guelph Pipe Band, and saw it rise to Grade 1 in the 70s. He was a lover of the art of piobaireachd. Ed has left his mark on the multitude of students who benefitted from his teaching. He will be sorely missed by all in the piping community.
EUSPBA 2015 AGM Announced
3/30/2015
The EUSPBA Annual General Meeting will be held on November 14, 2015 at the Holiday Inn Inner Harbor, Baltimore MD. This location is convenient to most of our membership, and is situated In the heart of Baltimore's entertainment center.
This will not be 'your father's AGM'! The new Executive Committee has been diligently working towards creating a new and improved Annual General Meeting. Plans are to get much of the work done quickly and early, in order to present a more informative, conference type meeting that will get more information disseminated without becoming dull. The EC plans on a significant increase in attendance with the new format combined with several 'must-see' events. Contests, recitals, and workshops are all being considered. Please check here for details as they develop. more
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