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2012 AGM Announced
Mark your calendars for the 2012 EUSPBA Annual General Meeting, to be held at the Double Tree Hilton - Newark, NJ on Saturday, November 3. The Metro Branch is hosting this year and promises a great event. Don't miss the Ceilidh party Saturday night!
Details will be announced as plans develop. more
Passing: James Kerr
James Kerr, piping judge and former P/M of the Worcester Kiltie Pipe Band passed away on April 19, 2012 at the age of 80.
Jim was born in Lanarkshire Scotland in 1932 and was a member of the Shots & Dykehead Pipe Band before immigrating to the US in 1956 to play with Worcester. He led Worcester Kiltie to the Grade 1 level and ultimately to become the first US band to comete at the Worlds in 1964. Jim served as P/M at Worcester until his retirement in 1983.
Jim Kerr made a significant impact in North American piping and will be greatly missed by all.
Results Are Back
The results application is back functioning again, and results are beginning to be entered. Thanks for your patience as we continue to grow.
Passing: Judy Hall
(March 20, 1942 - February 22, 2012)
Ulster Scottish is mourning the loss of its beloved matriarch, Judy Hall. Judy was married to the late P/M Tom Hall for 45 years. Ever-present at practices and games, Judy was a vital part of the Ulster organization, preparing food at band gatherings, caring for the small children of band members during performances, and offering encouragement and honest critique. Judy could be found at the sideline of every contest the band played no matter what the weather condition. Judy will be missed by all.

Tuesday February 28 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Wednesday February 29 - 10:00am to 11:00am
McGoldrick Funeral Home, 507 West Avenue, Jenkintown, PA 19046
Funeral Service - 11:15am
Roslyn Presbyterian Church, 1044 Easton Road, Roslyn PA 19001
Burial following service at Hillside Cemetery, 2556 Susquehanna Road, Roslyn PA 19001
Luncheon following burial at Roslyn Presbyterian Church

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association and/or Ulster Scottish Pipe Band and sent to: 960 Brown Avenue Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006
Competition Rules Updated
Competition rules have been updated for 2012. You can find the rulebook on this site under "About EUSPBA" - Rules/Policies. more
Passing: Sandy Keith
Alexander "Sandy" Keith died unexpectedly today. Sandy was president of the SUSPBA, PM for Dunedin City Pipe Band and director of piping at the Dunedin middle and high schools.
Clan Munro USA Scholarships
Scholarships for Piping, Drumming, Fiddling and Highland Dancing are being sponsored by Clan Munro USA. Applications are available online at  Application Deadline is March 31, 2012.
Passing: Winter Taylor
Winter Taylor, known as Winkie to all, passed away this morning after a massive stroke. Winter made a major impact in the Atlanta piping community as an instructor and performer. She was a former EUSPBA Southern Branch Chair, and coordinated the Southern Branch Workshop for many years. She worked with the National Piping Centre to bring their school to Atlanta, and recently formed the Atlanta Bagpipe Ensemble. Arrangements will be posted here as they become available.
2012 Rule Change for Grade 4 Bands
The Grade 4 Quick March Medley (March Set) is now replaced by a 'Mini MSR'.
The mini-MSR for Grade 4 shall be defined as: 4 parts of a 2/4 march (one 4-parted march or two different 2-parted marches); the strathspey portion is limited to 2 parts of a strathspey from the same tune; The reel portion is limited to 2 parts of a reel from the same tune.
EUSPBA 50th Anniversary Drum Salute Contest
The EUSPBA/Northeast Branch is hosting a "COMPOSITION COMPETITION" to establish a EUSPBA Massed Band Drum Salute. The intention is to play it at highland games, concerts, or performances and the deadline for submission is the November 2012 AGM (Annual General Meeting).
The prizes are:
- 1st prize: $500
- 2nd prize: $250
- 3rd prize: $125
The first prize entry will be declared the “EUSPBA 50th Anniversary Salute”. It will have the composer’s name and will be used by the EUSPBA. The top three entries will appear on the branch website for free distribution to the public.
Each entry should meet these qualifications:
- Comprising a minimum of four parts, or three minutes of playing time, with a maximum length of five minutes
- Represent a level of difficulty, such that a grade 4 corps could play it well
- Based on styles, typical to the pipe band drum corps tradition
- Forming a comprehensive piece for a minimal corps of one bass, one tenor and two snare drummers
- Incorporating flourishes in bass and tenor scores
Additional options:
- Providing “stick tricks” for some snare sections
- Including additional parts for more accomplished drummers
For more information, please contact Brendan O’Reilly at and Sarah Hsieh at, with "EUSPBA’s 50th Anniversary SALUTE" in the subject line.