Respectfully submitted by

Jennifer Coleman

I was honoured to be nominated as the representative for Northern New Brunswick at the 2011 AGM.  

It has been a year of mixed emotions for pipe bands and Scottish events in this part of the province.  In March of this year, the St. John River flooded in the town of Perth-Andover, home of the Southern Victoria Pipe Band (SVPB), and devastated that community.   In fact, the SVPB lost over $10,000 worth of equipment and instruments in that flood.  At the annual Gathering of the Scots on May 26, 2012 in Perth-Andover some fundraising initiatives took place to help the band replace the lost equipment and instruments.  They still haven’t raised all of the money to replace their equipment but they are dedicated group of individuals and will do what it takes to reach their goal.

The NB Highland Games were held July 27th-29th in Fredericton.  As always, the excellent group of volunteers helped ensure the Games were a success.  The NB Highland Games are always pleased to welcome bands from across the Region and New England but it’s always nice to have the Fredericton bands compete in their City.

The Fredericton & District band competed at the NB Highland Games this year and won the Grade 4 contest.  They continue to play parades and events of all kinds across the Region.  The band is very much looking forward to next season and competing at more highland games in Atlantic Canada.

The Fredericton Society of St. Andrew Pipe Band (Gr. 5) worked hard as a group and they were delighted to win their final competitive performance on the Saturday of the NB Highland Games.  Their Academy has attracted quite a few new students this year and the band is excited for the 2013 competition season.

The Fredericton Society of St. Andrew Pipe Band (Gr. 2) completed the competition season this year with a trip to Maxville and Montreal Highland Games.  The band will be travelling to Scotland in August 2012 to compete at the World Pipe Band Championships.  Fundraising has already begun and everyone is looking forward to great things happening in 2013.

I’d like to thank everyone for their help and guidance over the past year and I look forward to seeing all of you in 2013.