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MWPBA Summer School!

The MWPBA is proud to announce that registration is now open for the 2014 MWPBA Summer School, taking place June 16-20 at Concordia University in River Forest, IL, ending the day before the Chicago Highland Games.

Your instructors are the inimitable Ken Eller and Ed Neigh on piping, and Doug Stronach on drumming.

Both full-time and part-time is available.  Full-time instruction runs each day from 9:00-4:30pm (3:00pm Fri).  Part-time is 6:30-9:00pm evenings, and students can sign-up for 1, 2, or 3 part-time sessions.  Accomodation and meal plans are also available.

Download the registration form here.  There are space limitations, so register today to avoid disappointment!

Send in your payment by May 1 to receive the highest discounts, with a tremendous discount for MWPBA Individual Members.

Registration and payment must be received by June 1.


2014 Regional Solos Finals results

Congratulations to all participants and volunteers that made the 2014 MWPBA Regional Solos competition a great success.

The finals were held on Saturday, April 5, in Palatine, IL.

The winners and recipients of the 2014 Terry McHugh Memorial Solo Piping Contest trophies were:

Grade 1 MSR: Jack Williamson
Grade 2 Aggregate: Wes Williams
Grade 3 Aggregate: Griffin Hall
Grade 4 2/4 March: Calum MacNeil
Senior Novice 2/4 March: Jacob Schrader
Junior Novice 2/4 March: Thomas Johnson

The winners and recipients of the 2014 Jim Enright, Jr. Memorial Solo Drumming Contest trophies were:

Grade 3 MSR: Ian McDonald
Grade 4 MSR: Reed Brack
Intermediate Tenor 2/4 March: Brianna McDonald
Novice Tenor 2/4 March: Grace Keppel
Advance Bass MSR: Michael Keppel
Novice Bass 2/4 March: Chris Eller

Full results are available on the MWPBA Results page.


Check out the competition...

Ever wondered just who has entered each of the competitions?  Always anxiously waiting to see who you will be up against "on the day"?
Well, wait no more.  Those resourceful people at MWPBA HQ have now added a lookup where you can see every contest and event throughout the regular season, and see who the current entries are.  Of course, the entries are not official until the final Orders of Play are out (about 7 days prior to each contest).
Game on!



2014 bands now listed

The list of bands registered as members of the MWPBA for season 2014 is now available, along with a handy-dandy map of their locations.


2014 Regional Solos Final -- orders of play now posted

The orders of play for the Final of the 2014 MWPBA Regional Solos -- the McHugh Memorial Piping Championship and the Enright memorial Drumming Championship -- are now posted.

Saturday April 5, 2014. Please be on time as it is a full day. The traveling trophies will be awarded for all grades after the contest is complete.

There is no door charge to attend this event. Seating will be available for spectators.

The location for the Finals is: Bethel Lutheran Church, 3839 W. Frontage Road, Palatine, IL 60067

Safe travels to all and good luck!


Entry is now open for all regular season Band and Solo contests

The Master Band and Solo Contest Entry forms are now available for entry to all MWPBA competitions for the 2014 regular season.

Check out the list of all contests on the MWPBA Contests page.

In particular, don't miss the two information sheets (band, solo) with full details of all contests and events offered.


CANCELLED - Hoffman Estates Celtic Fest band competition, March 22, 2014

The Hoffman Estates Celtic Fest contest on March 22 has been CANCELLED due to lack of entries.

Celtic Fest is still going ahead - only the contest has been cancelled.

See you all in Springfield on May 17!

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