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Inaugural Professional Solo Contest



The MWPBA is pleased to announce its Inaugural Professional Solo Piping Contest, to be held on May 14 at the Presbyterian Church of Palatine, in Palatine, IL.  The church is located at 800 E. Palatine Rd., Palatine, IL, and is located a short distance from O'Hare airport. 


The event is open to all professional pipers.


Start time will be 2:00


The Entry fee for this event is $25.00 and the format is as follows:

  • All contestants play a selected piobaireachd (submit 4)
  • All contestants return to play a March, Strathspey, and Reel (submit 4 MSRs)

Prize money for the event is as follows:

Event 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
MSR $400 $300 $200 $100
Piobaireachd $400 $300 $200 $100


Overall winners determined from the combined scores of both events will receive

the following additional prize money:

Event 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
Overall Winner $500 $400 $300 $200 $100


Judges will be announced shortly, as well as registration opening.





Chicago Prize Money Increased for 2016

The prize money for the Chicago Games in 2016 has increased to the following levels:


Grade 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
G2 $1,500 $1,100 $750 $500
G3 $1,400 $1,000 $700 $400
G4 $1,300 $900 $600 $300
G5 $500 $300 $200 $100

Grade 2 & 3 prize money will be based on a combined MSR & Medley score


2016 Regional Solos Competition Dates (McHugh/Enrigh)

The locations and dates for the 2016 MWPBA Pre-Season Regional Solos for the Terry McHugh Solo Piping Contest are as follows:
Location Date Venue
Alma, MI February 20 Dunning Memorial Chapel
Lexington, KY February 27 Good Shepherd Episcopal Church
Milwaukee, WI March 5 Free Methodist Church, New Berlin, WI
Kansas City, MO March 5 Community Christian Church
St. Paul, MN April 2 Landmark Center

There are no solo drumming events at the regionals; the Jim Enright, Sr. Memorial Solo Drumming Contest will be held during the finals on April 9, along with the piping finals.

The date and location for the finals is April 9, 2016, at the Presbyterian Church of Palatine, Palatine, IL.

Registration forms for the 2016 contest will be updated shortly to reflect the new dates for 2016.


Flint Scottish Pipe Band Centennial Ceilidh 2016

The Flint Scottish Pipe Band will be having their Centennial Ceilidh on Saturday, February 27, 2016, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 8428 Davison Rd., Davison, MI. 
Please visit Flint Scottish PB's website here for information regarding tickets, food available, band performances, and event time.

2016 Outdoor Contest Season Dates

The dates for the 2016 MWPBA Outdoor Contest Season are as follows: 

Alma, MI May 28/29
Milwaukee June 4
Chicago June 17/18
Minnesota July 9
Springfield, IL July 23
Waukesha, WI September 3
Columbus, IN September 10
Central Kentucky September 17
St. Louis September 24

Regional locations and dates to follow as well as the Inaugural Open Solo Piping Event.

Registration forms for the 2016 contest will be updated shortly to reflect the new dates for 2016.



2016 Band and Individual Registration Forms now available

Band and solo registration forms for 2016 membership are now available.

Band membership fee is unchanged at $200 if paid by January 31, and $250 thereafter.  Band Rosters and Registered Instructor forms are due March 31.

Individual membership fee is also unchanged at $25 if paid by March 31, and $30 thereafter.  Additional membership fees for immediate family members remains $10.

All registration for 2016 is online, and paid via PayPal.  There are no more emailed paper forms or payment via check.


Regrade List Published for the 2016 Season

The MWPBA Music Board, chaired by Tom Weithers, has published the list of automatic regrades and regrade request approvals for the upcoming 2016 season.

The list of band and solo upgrades is available here.

Congratulations to all those upgraded, and a warm welcome to those bands and soloists new to competition with the MWPBA this year!

Note: link to document updated 11-10-15


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