Complete Results and Recap of the 2017 Annual Gathering

BCPA Logo (Grey Thumbnail)The complete results of the 2017 Annual Gathering are now posted on the Results page.

They include the per event results, the aggregate/overall winners in the solo and band events, and details of the band results.

In addition, winners of the special event awards are included.

The Grand Aggregate standings are also updated on the Results page.

This year using a two camera configuration and overlays, BCPA livestreamed solo and band events for nearly 20 hours, peaking at over 300 simultaneous viewers during the band competition. The saved videos are at until May 11. We apologize for the technical difficulties streaming the first three bands of the band contest, temporarily switching to Facebook Live until the problem could be resolved. The first three band performances are now saved at the above link.

Tremendous thanks to the broadcast technical crew of Kerry Windover, David MacNeil, and Todd Schiele for making it happen over 20 hours (and amidst some extraordinary circumstances) and to the Dowco Triumph Street Pipe Band, Duncan Millar, and the White Spot Pipe Band for loaning their video cameras and audio systems for the broadcast. Also, a special thanks to Mike Chisholm who provided great commentary during the broadcast of the Saturday band competitions.

Photos from the Annual Gathering are posted on the BCPA Photo Gallery page. Our thanks to Ken MacKenzie and William Kennedy for their excellent work over the two days. The photo albums are as popular as the Results page after competitions and the work of BCPA Photographers provides so much colour and valuable memories of these events.

Many thanks to the Annual Gathering Organizing Committee (on page 3 here) for their dedicated work in planning and executing this event and to the many volunteers, adjudicators, stewards, scorers, and instructors who contributed their time and effort to make it successful.

Our thanks to all the performers in the All Instruments Music Session midday on the Saturday and to the three performance bands which participated in the performance bands workshop. We are pleased that both events were well received by the performers, spectators, and participants.

BCPA is seeking feedback on your satisfaction with the 2017 Annual Gathering via the updated Poll on the main page of the BCPA website. Please take the opportunity to provide us your feedback on any or all elements you experienced.

The Association is very appreciative of the many people and organizations here who took out ads in the 2017 Annual Gathering Souvenir Programme, sponsored events, and donated monies to support the Annual Gathering. If you want to see the Annual Gathering continue and advance, please consider donating to support the Annual Gathering on the Association’s Donations page.

Finally, on a personal note, I was very surprised and greatly humbled to be awarded a Life Membership in the Association during the Annual Gathering Awards Ceremony. I truly love serving piping and drumming and sincerly thank the BCPA Board of Directors and the membership for bestowing this significant honour on me.

Rob MacNeil
BC Pipers’ Association