B.C. Pipers’ Newsletters of 1971

The Historical Newsletters page has been updated with the release of archival B.C. Pipers’ Newsletters from 1971.

Besides the regular news of competitions and results, BCPA Life Member Bill Elder has compiled the following interesting news of that year:

  • Early Days of Piping in BC by Rod MacLeod
  • Western Pipe Band Association expands to govern pipe band competitions in the Pacific Northwest and introduce grading, rules, and adjudication sheets for solo snare drumming competitions
  • With Pipe and Swash, reprinted from the Scots Magazine
  • Piper of the Month, John MacDonald, Donald MacInnes, Ian MacKinnon, Reuben Santos
  • The first BCPA piping scholarships offered for the two week Spokane Piobaireachd Society Piping School in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Covers return bus fare from Vancouver, tuition fees, and dormitory fees.
  • Article on the Spokane Piobaireached Society Summer Piping School
  • Announcement about the Nelson School of Piping, with PM Donald MacLeod
  • Jimmy Logan headlines the White Heather Concert
  • Pipe Major Archie Cairns chief judge for the 1971 Annual Gathering.
  • Eagle Pipers’ Contest results
  • The story behind Bagpipe Tunes, I Got a Kiss of the King’s Hand, Lochaber No More, Macpherson’s Lament
  • Champion Pipers of The Past and Present 2 installments
  • Results of the Annual Gathering. Over 200 entries. Short Leets (qualifiers) held for Novice Marches and Amateur Piobaireachd events
  • PM Archie Cairns, PM Donald MacLeod, and John MacFadyen all give recitals in Vancouver. PM Donald MacLeod gives recital in Victoria
  • The Ceilidh by P.M. Archie Cairns
  • Inverness Piping Society Problems
  • Archie Cairns’ Opinion on a wide variety of topics. 2 installments
  • Bruce Topp wins the 2nd BCPA Knock-Out competition and becomes Pipe Major of the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada Pipes & Drums. Announcement of an Amateur Knockout competition for 1971/72
  • Judges Report on the Annual Gathering
  • A remarkable family tree, the MacLellan family, in two newsletters
  • Particular pipers (now BCPA Life Members and adjudicators) begin to appear as prize winners in the Novice grade (Graham Davidson, Rob MacNeil)
  • Report on the Coeur D’Alene Highland Games. Hal Senyk wins the “Banner of the Mountains” and trip to Scotland
  • Results of the Northern Meeting and the Argyllshire Gathering
  • Announcement of the Intercontinental Pipe Band Championship in Toronto in August 1972
  • Newsletter Editors Bob Gunn and Bill Elder complete their final issue with December 1971