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2016 Regional Solos Competition Dates (McHugh/Enrigh)

The locations and dates for the 2016 MWPBA Pre-Season Regional Solos for the Terry McHugh Solo Piping Contest are as follows:
Location Date Venue
Alma, MI February 20 Dunning Memorial Chapel
Lexington, KY February 27 Good Shepherd Episcopal Church
Milwaukee, WI March 5 Free Methodist Church, New Berlin, WI
Kansas City, MO March 5 Community Christian Church
St. Paul, MN April 2 Landmark Center

There are no solo drumming events at the regionals; the Jim Enright, Sr. Memorial Solo Drumming Contest will be held during the finals on April 9, along with the piping finals.

The date and location for the finals is April 9, 2016, at the Presbyterian Church of Palatine, Palatine, IL.

Registration forms for the 2016 contest will be updated shortly to reflect the new dates for 2016.


Flint Scottish Pipe Band Centennial Ceilidh 2016

The Flint Scottish Pipe Band will be having their Centennial Ceilidh on Saturday, February 27, 2016, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 8428 Davison Rd., Davison, MI. 
Please visit Flint Scottish PB's website here for information regarding tickets, food available, band performances, and event time.

2016 Outdoor Contest Season Dates

The dates for the 2016 MWPBA Outdoor Contest Season are as follows: 

Alma, MI May 28/29
Milwaukee June 4
Chicago June 17/18
Minnesota July 9
Springfield, IL July 23
Waukesha, WI September 3
Columbus, IN September 10
Central Kentucky September 17
St. Louis September 24

Regional locations and dates to follow as well as the Inaugural Open Solo Piping Event.

Registration forms for the 2016 contest will be updated shortly to reflect the new dates for 2016.



2016 Band and Individual Registration Forms now available

Band and solo registration forms for 2016 membership are now available.

Band membership fee is unchanged at $200 if paid by January 31, and $250 thereafter.  Band Rosters and Registered Instructor forms are due March 31.

Individual membership fee is also unchanged at $25 if paid by March 31, and $30 thereafter.  Additional membership fees for immediate family members remains $10.

All registration for 2016 is online, and paid via PayPal.  There are no more emailed paper forms or payment via check.


Regrade List Published for the 2016 Season

The MWPBA Music Board, chaired by Tom Weithers, has published the list of automatic regrades and regrade request approvals for the upcoming 2016 season.

The list of band and solo upgrades is available here.

Congratulations to all those upgraded, and a warm welcome to those bands and soloists new to competition with the MWPBA this year!

Note: link to document updated 11-10-15


Chicago Stock Yard Kilty Band Annual Tartan Ball

The Chicago Stock Yard Kilty Band will be having their annual Tartan Ball for 2015 on Saturday, November 14, 2015.  Please visit their website here for more information regarding admission, start time, location, etc.


MWPBA Annual General Meeting is November 7, 2015

update: January 05, 2016 - Minutes from 2015 AGM now available here. Minutes are unofficial until approved at the next AGM in November, 2016.

update: Nov 2 - Added link to Agenda.

The MWPBA 2015 Annual General Meeting will be held on November 7, 2015 at 1:00pm at the Scottish Home, on the same day that the Mini MSR seminar will occur.

The AGM will again be streamed live. There are once again some interesting topics that will be discussed at the meeting, see the Agenda for details.

If you have any agenda items for the MWPBA annual Board meeting please send via email to Marty Boyle at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by October 20, 2015.

The location for both the Seminar and the AGM is: The Scottish Home, 28th & Des Plaines Ave. North Riverside, IL.

All are welcome, and all bands should ensure that they are represented, either in person, or online.  We hope to see a really good turn out at both the Seminar and the Meeting.

To view the video stream, login to Ustream and view the MWPBA Channel.  If you are a voting band representative, you will need to login to UStream so that you can cast votes by private chat.  Anonymous users can still chat but will be unable to vote.


Export the MWPBA Calendar

The MWPBA Calendar of Events is available as an ICS file that you can add to your own calendar, either via manual import or subscription.

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