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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


Chicago Stock Yard Kilty Band Annual Tartan Ball

The Chicago Stock Yard Kilty Band will be having their annual Tartan Ball for 2015 on Saturday, November 14, 2015.  Please visit their website here for more information regarding admission, start time, location, etc.


MWPBA Annual General Meeting is November 7, 2015

update: January 05, 2016 - Minutes from 2015 AGM now available here. Minutes are unofficial until approved at the next AGM in November, 2016.

update: Nov 2 - Added link to Agenda.

The MWPBA 2015 Annual General Meeting will be held on November 7, 2015 at 1:00pm at the Scottish Home, on the same day that the Mini MSR seminar will occur.

The AGM will again be streamed live. There are once again some interesting topics that will be discussed at the meeting, see the Agenda for details.

If you have any agenda items for the MWPBA annual Board meeting please send via email to Marty Boyle at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by October 20, 2015.

The location for both the Seminar and the AGM is: The Scottish Home, 28th & Des Plaines Ave. North Riverside, IL.

All are welcome, and all bands should ensure that they are represented, either in person, or online.  We hope to see a really good turn out at both the Seminar and the Meeting.

To view the video stream, login to Ustream and view the MWPBA Channel.  If you are a voting band representative, you will need to login to UStream so that you can cast votes by private chat.  Anonymous users can still chat but will be unable to vote.


AGM and Grade 4 MSR Seminar Streaming info

Both the 2015 MWPBA AGM and the Grade 4 Mini-MSR Seminar being held on Nov 7, 2015 will be streamed on-line.

To view the video stream, login to Ustream and view the MWPBA Channel.  The seminar starts at 10am, and the AGM at 1pm.  Get online a few minutes early to get set up.

If you are a voting band representative and you will be voting during the MWPBA, you will need to login to UStream so that you can cast votes by private chat. Anonymous users can still chat but will be unable to vote. For the seminar, anonymous is fine if you prefer.

HERE is the handout for the MSR seminar

HERE is the agenda and handout for the 2015 AGM.


Winter Storm 2016 - Registration now open


The MWPBA is a Major Sponsor of Winter Storm 2016.


Registration is now open for Winter Storm, January 15-17, 2016, Kansas City, Missouri.

Winter Storm 2016 features an all star line-up of world renowned Highland pipers and drummers from Scotland, Northern Ireland, Ireland, Canada, and the United States.

The Concert promises to be highly entertaining with soloists, ensembles, drum corps fanfares, pipe bands, champion highland dancers, and much more! Workshop attendees receive world-class instruction for all skill levels, novice through professional, and amateur and professional piping and drumming Competitors will be adjudicated by many of the top players in the world.

Competition entry deadline is December 15, 2015!

See for complete details.


Christian Rhoads takes 3rd in the 33rd annual Nicol-Brown

Congratulations to MWPBA Grade 1 piper Christian Rhoads from St Louis, who claimed a fine 3rd place overall in the prestigous 33rd annual Nicol-Brown Memorial Amateur Invitational Solo Piping Competition in Albany, New York on October 10, 2015.   Christian took 4th in piobaireachd, 5th in MSR, and 3rd in 6/8 march.  Full results are available on the Nicol-Brown website.


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