B.C. Pipers’ Newsletters of 1980

The Historical Newsletters page has been updated with the release of archival B.C. Pipers’ Newsletters from 1980, of which only 3 issues were published.

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

  • A Tune by Jimmy McColl, “William Robertson McKenzie”
  • P.M. Angus MacDonald of the Scots Guards and John MacDougall (Kincraig, Invernesshire) are the senior adjudicators at the 48th Annual Gathering to be held at SFU. They also gave a recital.
  • James Watt spends a week in Anchorage, Alaska teaching and performing. Over 300 people attend his recital.
  • The Competing Pipers Association publishes a list of preferred piobaireachd judges
  • The White Heather Concerts end their twice yearly performances in Vancouver. These concerts had been the main source of revenue for the BCPA since 1950 and the accumulated funds became the foundation of what is now the BCPA Endowment Fund at the Vancouver Foundation.
  • Jack Lee and Hal Senyk give talks on tuning and drone reeds, respectively, following the Mini-Gatherings
  • Nigel Alakija and Bob Gallagher bring contingents of players from Penticton and Kamloops to the Mini-Gatherings
  • Western Academy of Pipe Music again offers $2,000 in prizes monies for an invitational piobaireachd competition at the conclusion of their summer piping & drumming school in Squamish.
  • Mary MacKinnon becomes BCPA Secretary. She serves in this position for 25 consecutive years.
  • Vancouver Ladies Pipe Band – 1980 Grade 3 World Pipe Band Champions

Please note: During the years from 1976 to 1982 the numbering system for the Newsletters became a little erratic. We will print copies in the order that we think is correct. If anybody has Newsletters from this era and notices a missing issue, please let us know.