Entries are now open for the 2019 MWPBA Regular Season Contests. Both band and solo entries are open. In order to participate you or your band must be either an MWPBA member or a member of an affiliated ANAPBA association.
These individuals are eligible to compete in the Terry McHugh Memorial Solo Piping Contest, taking place on May 4, 2019 in Park Ridge, IL, and have already been enrolled.
This article is updated as of 2/18/2019; the date of the Ian Swinton was incorrectly listed as April 27. It takes place on May 4. The location has also been updated.
Happy New Year everyone!
The solo piping schedule for the Grade 4 Junior/Senior and Novice Junior/Senior competitors participating in the Kansas City Regional Solo Contest is available here. This event takes place at the Winter Storm campus, specifically: The Community Christian Church, 4601 Main St., Kansas City, MO
For the higher grade solo scheules (piping Grades 3 and higher, all drumming) please visit the MHAF Winter Storm site here (scroll down the page to find the contest entries listed).
If this is your first time competing in a solo contest, download and review "Thoughts on solo piping for the new piper", an overview put together by the MWPBA's own Tad Myers in 2018.
Several MWPBA members are holding a 4 week workshop at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago; the class begins Saturday, January 12, and runs through to February.
Click here for more information regarding registration, availabiilty, times, and costs.
The MWPBA Rules and Regulation for the 2019 season are now posted, and you'll find the document posted under THE ASSOCIATION and CONTESTS menus.
It is in the best interest of games sponsors, judges, bands leaders and soloists to read this document in its entirety.
The only change for 2019 is that the definition of Junior and Senior has changed for the Grade 4 and Novice piping categories. Players are considered Senior if they are 18 years or older on January 1.
The forms for management of MWPBA member band competition rosters are now available, along with the RI registration forms. You'll find each form under the BANDS menu. Rosters and RI forms are due March 31.
We had originally hoped that we could carry over the rosters submitted for last season, but due to technical difficulties we can't do this for 2019. We should be able to rollover this season's rosters into next season and beyond though.
Note that the band competition entry forms for this season will not ask MWPBA member bands to attach a roster, since they will be totally managed via the online Band Roster Management form. It is therefore essential that your band roster is kept up to date. Just a reminder that rosters are intended to list only competing members of the band.