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George Hillocks, Jr

A memorial service for George Hillocks, Jr will be held on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 2:00 at the Bond Chapel on the University of Chicago campus.  It will be immediately followed by a reception in the third floor theater at Ida Noyes Hall at 1212 E. 59th Street.   The reception will end at 7:00.

George Hillocks, Jr. was a professor at the University of Chicago and had in the past been Pipe Major of the Invermich and University of Chicago pipe bands.


2015 Registration Forms are Live

Band and solo registration forms for the 2015 season are now available! Make sure to register soon to take advantage of the early-bird discounts. If you plan to change grades for next season also make sure to submit a grading application. The deadlines for discounted registration are January 31, 2015 for bands and March 31, 2015 for soloists. We look forward to having a great season next year and wish all our members good luck!


2014 AGM Agenda

The agenda for the 2014 MWPBA Annual General Meeting is now available. There are several great topics to be discussed this year. Band representatives are encouraged to attend in person on Saturday, November 1st at 1:00 pm:

The Scottish Home
Heritage Hall
2800 S. DesPlaines Ave.
North Riverside, IL

Get directions via Google Maps


For those who are unable to attend in person, the event will once again be streamed live on the MWPBA Ustream channel:



2014 Champion Supreme final standings

The final standings for MWPBA band Champion Supreme are summarized below (top 3 per grade). The full final standings for band and solo Champion supreme are available here (note, minor corrections to solo points/standings made on Oct 21). 

Champion Supreme traveling trophies will be awarded at the 2014 MWPBA AGM on November 1.

Grade 2 

Band Points
Greater Midwest 6

Grade 3

Band Points
Midlothian Scottish 16
Chicago Celtic 8
Macalester College 3

Grade 4

Band Points
Fountain Trust 36.5
Kansas City St. Andrews 30
Alma College 29

Grade 5

Band Points
Celtic Cross 31.5
Kansas City St. Andrews 20
Chicago Highlanders 18



Lead Drummer position open at Glenshinnoch

Recently formed grade 4 band Glenshinnoch is actively recruiting for the position of Lead Drummer.

We are also looking for additional drummers and pipers to round out the corps for the new season ahead.

We meet on Friday evenings in Naperville, in the western suburbs of Chicago.  If you like the idea of playing in a band with a focus on improvement and competition, and not constant fund-raising at parades throughout the year, then we want to hear from you.  Come check us out!

To find out more, please view the Glenshinnoch web site or contact us directly at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


2014 St. Louis Results

The official results from the St Louis Scottish Games and Cultural Festival on September 27, 2014 are now available (bands, solos).

Grade 4 QMM (7): 1. Kansas City St. Andrew 2. Alma College 3. St. Andrew Central IL
Grade 5 QMM: (4) 1. Kansas City St. Andrew 2. Celtic Cross 3. Dundee Scottish


2014 St. Louis orders of play

The orders of play for band and solo events at the St Louis Scottish Games and Cultural Festival on September 27, 2014 are now posted on the Contests page.

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