As of now, all pre-season events, including the McHugh & Swinton events, are cancelled. The Alma Highland Festival and the Milwaukee Highland Games are also cancelled; the Chicago Scots Scottish Festival and Highland Games cancellation was announced previously.
As of 5/27/2020, all events with the exception of the Mid-America Pipe Band Championship in Waukesha, WI have been cancelled. The Secretary/Treasurer has sent out an e-mail to the impacted bands & individuals regarding refunds for their entry fee(s) through to those games. Some refunds have been sent earlier in April that did not include the recently cancelled events in Columbus & Broken Arrow. The MWPBA is rectifying this situation as quickly as possible.
Refunds for entry fees to any cancelled event will be provided. We ask that you be patient with us as we work out the details.
The entry for the 2020 Chicago Scots Scottish Festival and Highland Games is open at:
and lodging has been negotiated with the Westin Hotel & Resorts for the event. Reservations can be made here. Room rates are from $89.00 USD to $118 USD plus the extra charges. The Chicago Highland Games are June 19-20; all of the soloists (except Group Tenor & Drum Major) compete on Friday the 19th. Band competitions are on Saturday, June 20th. Grade 2 and Grade 3 bands will play their March/Strathspey/Reel in a circle formation, and then play their Medley in a concert formation later in the day. Grade 4 bands will also play their Medley selection. Grade 5 bands play their Quick March Medley. Group Tenor & Drum Major solos take place after the band competitions with the duty band.
The Band Roster form is now available, under the "BANDS" menu.
As in previous seasons, band managers may access the roster management by logging in with the provided userid for their band. Those needing logging assistance should contact the web master. The roster is pre-populated with the most recent submission from 2019, with the exception of drumming RIs. All band managers are required to log in to verify accuracy, and submit the latest updates.
You'll recall that there were some Rules changes made at the 2019 AGM regarding differentiating Registered Instructors (RI) for Snare and Tenor, rather than just "Drumming RI", and also catering for a distinction of drumming disciplines for Dual Musicians.
The separate Registered Instructor form has now been deprecated, and is now incorporated directly into the Band Roster form.
There is also an update to the View Band Rosters form showing the instruments and date of changes to the roster.
Note that ALL band rosters and RI designations are due March 31. Band that do not provide an initial roster by that date (newly registering bands excepted) may be subject to a $100 late fee.
Note that March 31 is also the deadline for previously registered Bands and Soloists to request a regrade.
Yes indeed, a few of you are chomping at the bit, waiting to submit your 2020 band rosters, and we admire your enthusiasm!!
You'll recall that there were some Rules changes made at the last AGM regarding differentiating Registered Instructors for Snare and Tenor, rather than just "Drumming RI", and also catering for a distinction of drumming disciplines for Dual Musicians.
It will take the Volunteer Code Monkeys at the MWPBA (Steve and Stuart) a wee while longer to implement those changes, so we beg your indulgence until the updated forms are posted. Should be by mid-February.
Bear in mind that ALL initial rosters and RI registrations must be submitted by March 31.
Individuals that are eligible to play in the Terry McHugh Memorial Solo Piping Contest, taking place on May 2, 2020 in Park Ridge, IL, will be contacted by our president, Jim Sim in the coming weeks.