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New Competition Rules and Regulations
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
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
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
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
Your membership renewal and dues must accompany your Grade Change Request Form. Forms are available on this website or contact 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
Passing: Ed Neigh 1945-2015
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
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
Solo Tenor Drum Grade Changes
In response to a 2014 AGM agenda item from the Northeast Branch and the concerns of several tenor & bass judges, the grades for solo tenor drumming have been changed. The unsanctioned lowest grade, novice, has been removed. The two remaining amateur grades, amateur I and amateur II have been renamed amateur and novice to better align with the solo tenor grades of other organizations. All competitors who were previously in amateur II and novice are now in novice. As novice is now a sanctioned grade, the restriction that competitors cannot be competing members of a band is no longer applicable. Musical requirements for each grade have not changed. We hope that this change will alleviate the concerns and confusion of the past.

You may email with any questions.
Updates to EUSPBA Policy Manual
The Executive Committee met recently to review and update the policy manual.

Changes include:
1. Revision of voting process for Executive Board elections
2. Job descriptions of the Executive Secretary, Membership Coordinator and Results Tabulator have been added
3. Regular monthly meetings of the EC
4. Potential games that may be held at the EUSPBA AGM
Addendum to the Mid-Atlantic Branch Report in the Voice Winter2014
Please note that Robert Mitchell is teaching Scottish smallpipes again at this year's Delco Workshop. It was an oversight on my part in listing this year's instructors. Please accept my apologies. - Mary Wallace