B.C. Pipers’ Newsletters of 1975

The Historical Newsletters page has been updated with the release of archival B.C. Pipers’ Newsletters from 1975.

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

  • Angus MacLellan, Oban Gold Medallist to judge 43rd Annual Gathering
  • Annual Gathering switches to the Good Friday and Saturday of the Easter weekend and combines the Professional Piping March and Strathspey events into a single MSR event
  • Annual Gathering results
  • Articles on the Glentruim (PM Donald MacLeod), Coeur d’Alene (Andrew Wright and Donald Morrison), Northern California (Capt John MacLellan) and Pebble Beach (Seumas MacNeill) Piping Schools
  • West Coast Piping Imports, run by Hal Senyk, begins operation following the closure of J.T. Hardy Scottish Imports
  • Mary McLeod Collins trophy, designed by Port Moody PB player Ken Nelson, presented for the first time to James Troy winner of the Professional Piping Aggregate at the Annual Gathering
  • “Troy’s Wedding” occurs on June 7 with the marriage of Jamie and Louise Troy, precipitating the famous jig composed by Colin Magee
  • Iain MacCrimmon’s first book of music is published
  • The Bratach Nam Beann (for professional piobaireachd), won by John A. MacLeod and Jim Johnson and Jill Laurie win the first and second sessions Medallions (for amateur piobaireachd), respectively, at the Coeur d’Alene Piping School
  • 2nd Empress Scottish Gathering held in Victoria to determine the piping, drumming, bands, and highland dancing representatives to the Canadian Interprovincial Championships in Ottawa
  • Winners of the 2nd Canadian Interprovincial Championships in Ottawa in June included James Troy (Inter-Provincial Professional Piping Aggregate), Allan MacDougall (Open Grade 1 Piping Aggregate), Willie McErlean (Inter-Provincial Professional Drumming), City of Victoria PB (Inter-Provincial Grade 1), Richmond CP Air Senior PB (under new PM Jack Lee, Open Grade 2 and 2nd in Inter-Provincial Grade 2), Richmond CP Air Junior PB (Inter-Provincial Grade 3), and Triumph Street PB (2nd in Open Grade 1)
  • Highlights of the Intercontinental Pipe Band Championships
  • Mini-Gathering format (November and February) for the fall, winter and spring competition resumes in the fall