December 26, 2018

The December 2018 Newsletter is available here. If you have submissions for our next newsletter, please email your news to 

- The ACPBA Communications Team 

Winners of ACPBA Photo Contest announced


Competition Day Category: 

1st place: “Keeping a cool head” - Submitted by Teresa Cameron. Prize: $50 gift certificate from MacLeod Outfitters and a 2019 ACPBA membership.

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2nd place: Carter and Reilly Green preparing for solo competitions at Antigonish Highland Games - Submitted by Denise Green. Prize: 2019 ACPBA membership.



Practice Category:

1st place: Dante Kierstead practicing - Submitted by Sonia Kierstead. Prize: $50 gift certificate TO MacLeod Outfitters sponsored by service first training and consulting and a 2019 ACPBA membership.

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2nd place: Jordan Chowen practicing - submitted by Jordan Chowen. Prize: 2019 ACPBA membership.

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Those who submitted the winning and runner-up photos will be contacted regarding their awards. Thank you to MacLeod Outfitters and Service First Training and Consulting for sponsoring our prizes!

Thank you to everyone who submitted and voted!

Simonds Lions representing Atlantic Canada in Scotland

Congratulations! Well Done Simonds Lions!


The Simonds Lions Caledonian Pipe Band from St. John, New Brunswick are in Scotland competing in competitions leading up to the World Pipe Band Championships this Saturday in Glasgow Scotland. 


They had great results with their competitions in North Berwick and Perth.  Click on their Facebook page Simonds Lions Caledonian Pipe Band and wish them well for their competitions at the World Pipe Band Championships this Saturday, August 18!  


Contest: North Berwick Games, Grade: 4B Date:  Saturday 11th August - Placing 5th out of 9 bands.


Contest: Perth, Grade: 4B, Date: Sunday, August 12th – Placing 6th out of 10 bands.



June 2018 Newsletter

The June 2018 Newsletter is available here. If you have submissions for our next newsletter, please email your news to 

- The ACPBA Communications Team 

Atlantic Piobaireachd Challenge 2018 Results

The ACPBA would like to congratulate the College of Piping for hosting another successful Atlantic Piobaireachd Challenge this past weekend. This event was held in the College's new Celtic Performing Arts Centre, which was an excellent venue for the challenge. Congratulations to all involved. Results are posted below:


Pewter Medal

1. Reilly Green, Fredericton, NB

2. Conall Gibson, Summerside, PE

3. Aidan MacNeil, Cape Breton, NS

Copper Medal

1. Dalton Faulkner, Halifax, NS

2. Rob McKay, Summerside, PE

Bronze Medal

1. Calum MacKinnon, Fall River, NS

2.Ryan Simpson, Summerside, PE

3. Carl Brydon, Summerside, PE

Nickel Medal

1. Calum Brydon, Summerside

2. Chris MacKnight, Nova Scotia

3. Brady Webb, Clan Thompson

Silver Medal

1. Sarah Bergen

Gold Medal

1. Bruce Gandy, Dartmouth NS

2. Alex Gandy, Dartmouth NS

3. James MacHattie, Summerside

Junior Amateur Jig:

1. Calum MacKinnon

2. Dakota Shaw

3. Danielle Chiarotto

Senior Amateur Jig :

1. Brandon Gardner

2. Brady Webb

3. Calum Brydon

ACPBA Newsletter

The most recent ACPBA newsletter is now available for all to view on our website. Please click here to see what's new in the ACPBA! 

Remembering Sue Ellen Cummings

The ACPBA would like to pass on our sincere condolences to the friends and family of Sue Ellen Cummings. Sue passed away January 22, 2018 and was an important contributor to the piping and drumming community in Atlantic Canada as a member of the Stellarton Balmoral Pipe Band, Clan Thompson Pipe Band and Halifax Police Pipes and Drums for many years. She participated in many competitions over the years, including the World Pipe Band Championship in 1989. She was also a teacher to many drumming students in Pictou County and was a participant in both the Nova Scotia and Virginia Tattoos. Our thoughts are with Sue's friends and family at this time. Full obituary is available here. 

ACPBA December 2017 Newsletter

The ACPBA executive is happy to announce the return of the newsletter. This newsletter, in addition to posts on our blog and social media sites, will keep the membership up to date on what is happening in the piping and drumming community in Atlantic Canada. If you have news, photos, upcoming fundraisers, concerts - anything you would like included in the newsletter - please send your submissions to The newsletter will be distributed electronically through email to our registered members.

If you are not currently on our email list, please send an email to if you would like to be added.  

Best wishes, 

The ACPBA Communications Team. 


Save the date! 2017 ACPBA AGM will be held October 28

The ACPBA invites its members to join the executive for the  2017 Annual General Meeting. The 2017 AGM will be held on October 28th, 2017 at the North Magazine of Citadel Hill National Historic Site located in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Parking will be available. 

The AGM and elections will start at 12:00 p.m., followed by a lunch and the official awards ceremony. 

Champion Supreme winners are invited to attend to receive their awards and perform, however this is not mandatory. 

All are encouraged to attend. 



Upcoming Concert: Clan Thompson Pipe Band and Friends

The Clan Thompson Pipe Band and Friends In Concert

2:30 PM, Sunday, July 2nd,

St. James United Church, Main Street, Antigonish

The Clan Thompson Pipe Band, under the leadership of Pipe Major Scott Williams of Antigonish, Pipe Sergeant Madelyn Evans-Langlois of Stellarton, Drumming Instructor Ray Halliday of Shubenacadie, and Lead Drummer Judy MacMullin-Smith of Antigonish, will be staging their second major indoor concert of the season at 2:30 PM on Sunday, July 2nd at   St. James United Church, Main Street, Antigonish. Adult tickets are $10 and $5 for Seniors and children under 12. The proceeds from the concert will go to the St. James United Church Music Bursary Fund. Tickets are available from local band members and from the church office. They may also be purchased at the door on the day of the performance.

The concert will feature selections by the pipe band and individuals or small groups of band members on Highland pipes, Scottish small pipes, violin, chanter and trumpet, as well as selections by well-known local musicians and singers.

The Guests:

M.C.: Jack Langlois, Stellarton Town Crier

Organ: Sheila Davison is the organist at St. James United Church and has taught piano to numerous young people over the years.

Vocals: Margaret MacDonald has taught music locally for many years. She is the assistant organist at St. Ninian's Cathedral, and has performed in both English and Gaelic in concert programs throughout the region. James MacPherson started his musical training with the Marian Boy Choir, and attended St. F.X. University where he majored in piano with a double minor in voice and organ. He was a member of Winnie Chafe and Friends for over 20 years, and was a former member of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. He was a member of the Antigonish Highland Society's Gaelic Choir which performed in the first Nova Scotia International Tattoo in 1979. Jimmy served as the Principle Cantor at the Papal Mass in Halifax on September 14th, 1984 during Pope John Paul II's official visit to Canada. He is currently the organist, Senior Choir Director and vocalist at St. Ninian's Cathedral.

Flutist: Emery van de Wiel recently graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland with a Bachelors of Music in Performance with a minor in composition. During his time in Newfoundland, he studied under the guidance of Michelle Cheramy. He is working as the music director for the series of Keppoch shows which are performed during the Antigonish Highland Games. After placing first in the Newfoundland Provincial Kiwanis Competition, Emery played at the National Kiwanis Competition in Edmonton last year. While attending Domain Forget, Panoramic Flutist and Beyond the Masterclass last summer, he had Master classes with many well known Flautists including, Dennis Bouriakov, James Walker and Christina Jennings.
Smith Highland Dancers: Kylie England, Lydia MacPherson, Brenna MacPherson and Jillian Vink are all dancers from the Smith School of Highland Dance under the instruction of Janet Smith. All are competitive dancers with different levels of experience. Kylie has been dancing for 7 years and has reached the Premier level of competitive dance. Lydia has been dancing for 7 years and Brenna for 6 years and both are at the Novice level of competitive dance. Jillian has been dancing for 2 years and is at the Beginner level of competitive dance. Their instructor Janet Smith was both a competitive and performance dancer. She has been teaching both types of dance for over 20 years and instructs dancers in Antigonish, Havre Boucher and Guysborough.


Union Fire Club Pipes and Drums

The photos below are of the Union Fire Club Pipes and Drums in Halifax, led by Pipe Major Scott Baker. This is a non-competitive band that is new to the ACPBA. Welcome to the club! Photos are courtesy of Sean Dewitt,

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