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2015 Season Regrades Announced
The Music Board has announced regrades for the 2014 season. This updated list was released on 12/14/2013. Click on 'More' to see a list of upgrades. more
Upgrade Process
The Music Board will be meeting on the first weekend in December to review the 2014 Season Results and any upgrade requests received prior to November 1.
Grading Committee recommendations will then be sent to the Executive Committee for approval.
Notices are sent to each requestor, and then posted here on our Website. This process is typically completed within two weeks.
If you have any questions about the process, please contact Sheldon Hamblin, Executive Secretary at
Election Results Announced at 2014 AGM
Election results were counted on the eve of the 2014 AGM in Cleveland OH, and announced at noon during the AGM. Dan Cole, former VP, is our new President; Jim Dillahey is our new Vice President; and Wayne Holscott was reelected for his position as Officer at Large.
To all those who participated, thank you for taking the time to carefully consider your choices. Voting is an important way to take part in your Association.
Rule Change for Grade 4 Bands, Effective 1/1/2015
The following change in the rules for Grade 4 Band MSR competitions, have been approved effective for the 2015 competition season.

Four parts 2/4 march, two parts strathspey and two parts reel OR four parts 2/4 march, four parts strathspey and four parts reel. For the 2/4 march, either two 2-parted marches or one 4-parted march may be played. For the four parts of strathspey and reel, bands must play two 2-parted tunes (4 parts of one tune not allowed).
2014 Season Upgrades Announced
The Music Board has announced regrades for the 2014 season. This updated list was released on 12/12/2013. Click on 'More' to see a list of upgrades. more
EC Election Results Announced
Votes were counted on the eve of the AGM and results announced at noon at the meeting. All incumbents who ran were reelected, so there are no changes to the Executive Committee.
Thanks to all who carefully considered the candidates and took the time to cast votes. This is an important way to take part in your EUSPBA.
Passing: Maclean Macleod 1923 - 2013
Founding member, past president and Honorary EUSPBA Life Member, Maclean Macleod, passed away peacefully at his home in Newark, Delaware on Saturday, September 21. The entire piping and drumming community mourns his passing and extends its deepest sympathies to his family and countless friends.
Memorial service information can be found on the EUSPBA website calendar. more
2013 Worlds
The EUSPBA sends out hearty congratulations to all member bands who went to the 2013 Worlds. NY Metro took 3rd place in Grade 2, and Catamount took 4th place in Grade 4A. Saffron United made it to the finals in 4B, and Ulster Scottish played in the Grade 3A contest. If we missed anyone, please let the Webmajor know.
Passing: Bruce Kane, Piping Director
Bruce Kane, of Torrington, CT passed away on Wednesday, August 14, 2013. Bruce was the Piping Director of the Connecticut Saint Andrew's Society Piping Competition held each October at the Goshen Fairgrounds.
The family has announced the following:
• Monday, August 19 - 6:00-8:00pm - Viewing at the Funk Funeral Home, 35 Bellevue Avenue, Bristol CT. Contact phone: 860-583-4107
• Tuesday, August 20 - 11:00am - Church Service at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 154 Meadow Street, Bristol CT. Contact phone: 860-583-5631

Bruce's many years of dedication and support has been very important to the piping community of the Northeast and Metro areas. He will be greatly missed.
EUSPBA AGM to be Held November 9, 2013
The Executive Committee has announced the date and location of the 2013 Annual General Meeting to be Saturday November 9, 2013 at the DoubleTree by Hilton at Newark Airport. Due to the cancellation of last year's AGM due to weather, the Metro Branch has been permitted to host this year's event. Details can be found by clicking the "more" link. more