The Band Roster form is now available, under the "BANDS" menu.
As in previous seasons, band managers may access the roster management by logging in with the provided userid for their band. Those needing logging assistance should contact the web master. The roster is pre-populated with the most recent submission from 2019, with the exception of drumming RIs. All band managers are required to log in to verify accuracy, and submit the latest updates.
You'll recall that there were some Rules changes made at the 2019 AGM regarding differentiating Registered Instructors (RI) for Snare and Tenor, rather than just "Drumming RI", and also catering for a distinction of drumming disciplines for Dual Musicians.
The separate Registered Instructor form has now been deprecated, and is now incorporated directly into the Band Roster form.
There is also an update to the View Band Rosters form showing the instruments and date of changes to the roster.
Note that ALL band rosters and RI designations are due March 31. Band that do not provide an initial roster by that date (newly registering bands excepted) may be subject to a $100 late fee.
Note that March 31 is also the deadline for previously registered Bands and Soloists to request a regrade.
Yes indeed, a few of you are chomping at the bit, waiting to submit your 2020 band rosters, and we admire your enthusiasm!!
You'll recall that there were some Rules changes made at the last AGM regarding differentiating Registered Instructors for Snare and Tenor, rather than just "Drumming RI", and also catering for a distinction of drumming disciplines for Dual Musicians.
It will take the Volunteer Code Monkeys at the MWPBA (Steve and Stuart) a wee while longer to implement those changes, so we beg your indulgence until the updated forms are posted. Should be by mid-February.
Bear in mind that ALL initial rosters and RI registrations must be submitted by March 31.
Individuals that are eligible to play in the Terry McHugh Memorial Solo Piping Contest, taking place on May 2, 2020 in Park Ridge, IL, will be contacted by our president, Jim Sim in the coming weeks.
In conjunction with the Terry McHugh Memorial Solo Piping Contest, the MWPBA is pleased to announce the creation of the Robert Irvine Piping Scholarship. The top three finishers at the May 2, 2020 Chicago Finals in Grade 4 Jr. and Grade 3 events will receive online instruction from some of the top pipers in the world.
Pipers must be an MWPBA registered soloist and under the age of 18 as of January 1, 2020 to be eligible for the scholarship.
First place will receive 4 lessons, Second place will receive 3 lessons and Third place will receive 2 lessons. Among the instructors agreeing to participate in this program are Callum Beaumont, Bruce Gandy, Jack Lee, Ken Eller, Willie McCallum and Bob Worrall.
Registration is now open for the Kansas City (January 16), Alma (March 28), St. Paul (March 28) and Milwaukee (April 4) Regional Qualifying events.
We hope to see a large entry for the Regionals and are looking forward to presenting the Scholarships on May 2nd.
The MWPBA 2020 Band & Solo Registration, as well as the Regional Solo Entry forms are now available. Please follow the links on the side or top of the screen.
Band Registration is Under "Bands"; Individual Registration is under "Soloists", and the Regionals are under "Contests" on the top menu.
The deadline for the Kansas City Regional contest isn't until January 9.
Terry McHugh Regional Solo queries are available now, as well as the 2019 MWPBA Champions Supreme lists are updated. Congratulations again to all of the Champions!
Thank you to all who attended the MWPBA AGM 2019 on November 2, 2019. This was certainly the best attended AGM for many years, with upwards of 60 people in attendance (about 25 online via our FaceBook live video), representing at least 20 member bands. There was spirited and lively discussion on many topics.
There were some rule change proposals, election of officers, a review of 2019, contest dates for 2020, the awarding of the 2019 Champion Supreme awards, and a couple of big announcements.
The 2019 AGM Minutes are now available.
For full details, please read the Minutes, but some highlights include:
MWPBA members wishing to see a copy of the Financial Report should email the Secretary-Treasurer.