2019 War in the West Strongman and Strongwoman showcases the best and brightest athletes Canada has to offer. This contest is a qualifier for this year’s “Pro Canada’s Strongest Woman” and will be a battle to watch! The strongmen will be battling for the prestigious title of “War in the West Champion”.

Come check out the heaviest and highest calibre strongman and strongwoman event Western Canada has ever seen. Be there to watch Regina’s very own reigning Canada’s Strongest Woman Tracey Halladay [photo at right] fight to establish her place in this year’s strongwoman season. Don’t miss local professional strongman talent test their mettle against some of Canada’s best talent while putting Saskatchewan on the map. These strongmen and strongwoman will be pulling giant trucks, lifting massive concrete boulders, hoisting monster dumbbells overhead and more. This show will not disappoint! Be there to support our local talent in their journey to the professional Canadian Championships and Worlds.


12:00 noon - 1:45 PM - Press Medley and Deadlift events (north side Victoria Park, near 12th)

3:00 PM - Keg Toss event - at Highland athletics field


12:00 Harness Truck Pull

1:00 Farmers Walk

1:45 Squat

2:30 Atlas Stones

City of Regina Pipe Band - 25th Anniversary Reception

The Prairie Piping Invitational is taking a year off, and this year you are invited to join the City of Regina Pipe Band at a reception celebrating the band’s 25th anniversary. We’ll have some music and memories, a cash bar, a few stories, and mostly just a chance to socialize before the start of the Games.

Date: Friday, May 19, 7:00 pm

Where: The Saskatchewan Suite, Hotel Saskatchewan

Admission is free. All are welcome!

Children’s Activities

Heavy events for kids at the Games!
Heavy events for kids at the Games!

We have fun activities and entertainment for the whole family, and we love to get kids involved! SATURDAY 11:00 am - Children’s Caber Toss - go to the Scottish Athletics area where we have Caber toss, putting the stone, and other fun athletic events suitable for kids! There is a “kid-size” caber and other equipment, and lots of fun to be had with the professional athletes guiding them through the events.

12:00 - 6:00pm - Music and dance on the Knotted Thistle Festival Stage

1:00pm - Children’s bouncy castles - we have some great jumping fun for kids, and it’s FREE! Let the kids jump it out, and the Victoria Park playground is right next to it, so there’s a lot of free fun and activity on the go.

1:30 pm - Children’s Caber Toss - go to the Scottish Athletics area where we have Caber toss, putting the stone, and other fun athletic events suitable for kids! There is a “kid-size” caber and other equipment, and lots of fun to be had with the professional athletes guiding them through the events.

We’ll have information soon about the PHOTO BOOTH and possible ARCHERY for kids!


1:00pm - Children’s bouncy castles - we have some great jumping fun for kids, and it’s FREE! Let the kids jump it out, and the Victoria Park playground is right next to it, so there’s a lot of free fun and activity on the go.

Be sure to check our fun PHOTO BOOTH at the Games, and get into the roles!

We'll have a visit from
We’ll have a visit from “Merida,” the plucky Scots lassie from the hit movie BRAVE.


Be sure to take the kids to see some great young performers at the Highland dancing and solo piping and drumming area. Kids their ages are performing at a high level and having a great time doing it! There are opportunities to find out how your children can be involved in Highland Arts. Ask at the dancing registration table, and find the Conservatory of Performing Arts tent at the Games to find out more about learning music and dance.

Prairie Piping Invitational Event



Jim McGillivray
Aurora, ON

Jim McGillivray started piping in Kitchener, ON, and learned in local bands until he came under the influence of Ed Neigh, one of the pre-eminent pipers of that day, and pipe-major of the Guelph Pipe Band. Ed’s pipe band was forward thinking, and Ed himself a great student of piobaireachd. Jim also had summer schools with the great Scottish piper John MacFadyen, who influenced many in the Ontario scene.

From 1981 to 1991 Jim travelled regularly to compete in the Scottish solo scene, and he won the Inverness Gold Medal (1985), the Clasp at Inverness (1986), the Argyllshire Gathering Gold Medal at Oban (1991) and the MSR at the Glenfiddich Championship (1986). He retired from solo competition after 1991, and has had a few pipe band adventures since, including the 78th Fraser Highlanders (1988-93) and The Spirit of Scotland (2008).

Since 1998 Jim has been teaching piping at St. Andrew’s College in Ontario, and he has built a career as an educator, publishing in various media (books, websites, audio & video) excellent materials for learning, playing and maintaining bagpipes. He runs McGillivray Piping, which specializes in vintage, unique and high-quality instruments and accessories, and he also runs PipeTunes.ca, which is a library of pipe tunes for download.

Jim is an adjudicator with the PPBSO.


Andrea Boyd
Toronto, ON

Andrea Boyd - Competitor - Prairie Piping InvitationalAndrea Boyd was born and raised in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. From a family and community strongly steeped in piping tradition, she began piping at the age of nine and has received tuition from Scott Williams, John Walsh, Bruce Gandy, and Robert Wallace. Andrea played with the Antigonish Highland Society Pipe Band from 1994 – 2001; Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia from 2003-2006; St. Laurence O’‘Toole Pipe Band from 2006-2011; and Ottawa Police Service Pipe Band from 2013-2017. Andrea currently receives solo tuition from Willie McCallum. She counts the Rankin Family, Howie MacDonald, Paul K. MacNeil, Doug Boyd, The 78thFraser Highlanders, and Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band as formative musical influences. Her favourite pipers are Angus MacColl, Fred Morrison, Stuart Liddell, and Terry Tully.

Andrea’s piping achievements include winning the Young Piper of the Year, Benbecula, Western Isles in 2006; B March and B Strathspey & Reel at the Argyllshire Gathering in 2006; the Silver Medal at the Argyllshire Gathering in 2008 and the World Pipe Band Championships with St. Laurence O’Toole in 2010. In 2015, Andrea was named Professional Piper of the Day at the Georgetown and Glengarry Highland Games and she was placed 3rd in 2014 and 5th in 2016 in the Gold Medal at the Argyllshire Gathering. In 2017, she won the Piobaireachd Society Gold Medal (Canada) at the Glengarry Highland Games and was the overall winner of the A grade solo piping at Cowal Highland Gathering.

Sean McKeown
Toronto, ON

Sean started lessons with Gail Brown in 1993, and as a member of the Milton Optimist Jr band, won the 1994 Juvenile World Pipe Band Championships, and the 1997 Grade 3 World Pipe Band Championships. From there, he played with the Toronto Police Grade 1 Pipe Band, and the 78th Fraser Highlanders under Bill Livingstone, serving as Pipe Sergeant in each. During a hiatus from solo competition, Sean spent some time travelling with a Ceilidh band, called the Tartan Terrors, performing in Canada and the US, and recording a few albums. Sean also enjoyed performing live with artists from other genre’s, including Bryan Adams, and his brother, Kevin over the years.

In 2006, Sean returned to solo piping competition, with direction from Bill Livingstone, and picked up some prizes, including winning the Canadian Gold medal for piobaireachd, the Canadian Bar to the Gold Medal (Former winners) twice, the Silver Medal at Inverness, double second placings in the Gold Medal at Oban and Inverness, the Open Hornpipe Jig at Inverness, the Cameron Ghillies Championship at the Dr Dan Reid Memorial Invitational, and the Livingstone Invitational Championship.

The Live in Ireland Concerts in 2016 (Glasgow) and 2017 (Belfast) celebrated the iconic original concert and recording from the 78th Fraser’s in 1987, and brought together some of the most talented names in pipe bands, in which Sean was fortunate and incredibly grateful to be a part of.

In 2015, Sean became Pipe Major of the Toronto Police Pipe Band.

Sean is a Detective Constable with the Toronto Police, and a University of Toronto Graduate.

Raphael Mercier
Saskatoon, SK

Raphael started piping in Saskatoon with the 96th Highlanders, and played with the band there for a number of years, including a trip to Scotland where the band made the final of their Grade 4 contest at the World’s. Raphael joined the City of Regina Pipe Band in fall 2010, and has been a member of the band since that time, and competed and performed with the band at games in Canada and Scotland.

A prolific amateur prizewinner, Raph has won awards at games across Canada, including high-profile events such as the BC Pipers Annual Gathering and Maxville Highland Games, where he did very well in a strong class at the Grade 1 level. Since moving to professional piping, Raph has won prizes at Games across the prairie provinces, including a top-three finish in the Prairie Piping Invitational, and also won the “Audience Favourite” his first time in the event.

In 2017, Raph won many prizes in regional games, and later travelled throughout Scotland in the summer, where he featured in many prizes lists at top games, including a 2nd in piobaireachd at the Aboyne Gathering.

Raphael has an Engineering degree from the University of Saskatchewan, and is currently computer science.

Alex Rasmussen

Regina, SK

Alex Rasmussen.
Alex Rasmussen.

Alex started piping in Lumsden, and later joined the Fraser Pipe Band, where he played for a number of years. After a short stint in the grade 4 band, Alex joined the City of Regina Pipe Band in 1998, and has been a member ever since.

Over the years, Alex has performed with the band at contests and concerts in Canada, the USA and Scotland, and continues to be a contributor to the band on a number of levels.

After many years off for good behaviour, Alex jumped back into solos a couple of years back, and won a considerable number of prizes at the Grade 1 level at Highland games in this region and at Maxville Games in Ontario. He made his pro debut two-years ago at the Winnipeg Scottish Festival last year, where he was the overall winner of the light music.

Alex’s other musical pursuits include piano, guitar, reelpipes and uilleann pipes, and is a member of the Cape-Breton-inspired band “West of Mabou” which has just released its second recording. He is a teacher by profession.

Stewart Smith

Calgary, AB

Stewart Smith - Competitor - Prairie Piping Invitational
One might say that Stewart Smith was born to pipe. As a 3rd generation piper, Stewart is the youngest of three brothers to have played in the Alberta piping scene.

He is an accomplished player and has gained many top prizes at competitions throughout North America in solo and band competitions. After playing with the Alberta Caledonia Pipe Band from 1996-2007, Stewart was lucky enough to play with the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band when they won the World Pipe Band Championship in 2008. Stewart was the 2015 Prairie Piping Invitational Champion.

Stewart is also an accomplished uilleann piper and can be heard playing at various Irish music sessions around Calgary.

Stewart lives in Calgary with his wife and son.

Sean Somers
Calgary, AB

A consistent prize-winner in professional piping contests throughout North America, Sean is also a former winner of the Prairie Piping Invitational in 2013. As the pipe-major of the Grade 2 Rocky Mountain Pipe Band, the RMPB has established itself as one of the premier competitive bands in Western Canada under Sean’s leadership. Sean has led the RMPB to win the North American Pipe Band Championship (2017), the BC Indoor Annual Gathering (2017, 2018), many consecutive Alberta Provincial Championships, multiple Northern Canadian Championships, and many other top prizes at local Highland Games throughout Western Canada. With many appearances in the Grade 1 finals at the World Pipe Band Championships, he is also the former pipe-sergeant of the Grade 1 Alberta Caledonia Pipe Band, and former key member of The 78th Highlanders (Halifax) Pipe Band where he won both the Canadian and North American Championships in Grade 1. Sean spent his formative years with The City of Regina Pipe Band and credits his former teacher, P/M Iain MacDonald (Regina)and his wife Barb MacDonald as major influences on his piping career.

Sean is the former Principal Piping Instructor at the College of Piping (PEI), and has since continued to teach regularly at workshops and at summer schools. More recently, Sean has enjoyed opportunities to lecture and give recitals in addition to his teaching in both Canada and the United States.

An award-winning composer, Sean has been commissioned to write music to commemorate special events, and dozens of his tunes have been published in several contemporary collections of bagpipe music. His music has been played and recorded by some of the world’s best pipe bands.

Sean has been Chair of the Music and Judging Committee for the Alberta Society of Pipers and Drummers, Past President of the Saskatchewan Pipe Band Association and member of Music Initiatives Advisory Committee with the Alliance of North American Pipe Band Associations.

An accredited member of the Alberta Society of Pipers and Drummers adjudication panel, Sean has judged solo and band competitions throughout North America. Stops include British Columbia, the Canadian Prairies, the Maritimes in eastern Canada, as well as the Pacific Region, the Midwest, Pacific Northwest and Eastern Seaboard of the United States.

Over the years, Sean has also been a contributor to pipes|drums, the world’s most popular magazine for pipers and drummers, with feature articles, reviews and opinion.

Sean has also assisted in the development of a bagpipe making business, which manufactured highland bagpipes, practice chanters and accessories.

Based in Calgary, Alberta, Sean is married with a young son and daughter. A civil servant in “real life”, he manages the Department of Transportation’s Communications team with The City of Calgary.

Vendors Market

Looking for that unique Scottish gift or item? Come to the games and browse the merchant tables setup at our Vendors Market. We attract Scottish-themed vendors from across the prairies as well as Ontario.

Application Form

2019 Vendor List

2019 Food Vendors

Register for Vendor Booths by Using the Online Registration.


Friday, May 17, 2019

Location: Regency Ballroom, Hotel Saskatchewan

Tickets: Available online

Time Event
7:30pm Prairie Piping Invitational

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Location: Victoria Park [directions]

Tickets: Ticket and Pass Prices

Time Event
8:00am Registration Begins for Queen City Highland Dance Championship in Hotel Sask Ballroom
8:30am Queen City Highland Dance Championship in Hotel Sask Ballroom
9:00am Solo Piping & Drumming
9:00am Scottish Athletics Championships
10:00am Demonstration dancing at main dance stage
12:30pm “War in the West” - strong man and strong woman competition [TBA]
1:00pm Saskatchewan Pipe Band Championships
2:00pm Registration for Pre-Premier Afternoon Dancing
2:30pm Pre-Premier Afternoon Dancing at Victoria Park Dance Stage
5:30pm Massed Pipes and Drums and Awards

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Location: Victoria Park [directions]

Tickets: Ticket and Pass Prices

Afternoon Highland dancing registrationAfternoon Highland dance registration

Time Event
8:00am Registration for Prairie Valley Premiership
8:30am Prairie Valley Premiership Dancing Begins at Victoria Park Stage
9:00am Solo Piping & Drumming
9:00am Highland dancing competition
12:00pm Beer Tent Opens
12:30pm “War in the West” - strong man and strong woman competition [TBA]
12:30pm Registration for Pre-Premier Highland Dancing
1:00pm Pre-Premier Highland Dancing begins
1:00pm Parade Band Competition, then pipe bands
4:30pm Massed pipes & drums and awards


This year we are partnering with PILE O’ BONES BREWING CO. to bring you some of the amazing beer that is produced locally! We’ll have taps and cans from a few great makers, and the selection is going to be amazing! Regina (and Saskatchewan) is a hotbed of great brewing and distilling, and we’re going to give you great entertainment while you’re enjoying your refreshment! The SHGCF will have two beer tents.


The main tent will be located adjacent to the “War in the West” event, and will also have a small music stage with live music throughout the weekend! We’re also organizing some tempting food to keep you fully refreshed and ready to enjoy the show! We’ll be posting an entertainment schedule before the Games.


12:30 pm - Clark’s Clan of Highland Dancers

1:30 pm - Jack & Amber - Celtic Music

2:10 pm - Jack & Amber

3:20 pm - The Highlanders - Scottish music & fun

4:00 pm - The Highlanders

5:10 pm - West of Mabou - Canadian Music Award nominees!

5:50 pm - West of Mabou


12:30 pm - Clark’s Clan of Highland Dancers

1:20 pm - The Highlanders - Scottish music & fun

2:40 pm - Jack & Amber Celtic Music

4:00 pm - West of Mabou - Canadian Music Award nominees!


At the other end of the field, we’ll have a “Pipe Band Beer Tent” located right at the pipe band event circle. It’s also close enough for the Highland dancing folks to “wander over to have a listen to the pipe bands”!


Highland Dancing

Heavy Events

Piping & Drumming

Prairie Piping Invitational

Scottish Heavy Athletics

Thanks to L&M Lumber Supplies and Security Building Supplies, two great companies who worked to get us new cabers for the 2019 SHGCF!
Thanks to L&M Lumber Supplies
and Security Building Supplies,
two great companies who worked
to get us new cabers for the 2019 SHGCF!

The Saskatchewan Highland Gathering and Celtic Festival is proud to host the Scottish Open/Amateur Athletics competition at this year’s Festival. The heavy events are well known staples to the highland games around the world. Precursor to modern strongman competitions and two Olympic track and field events (shot put and hammer); these feats of strength and athletic ability are rich in tradition and truly are the ‘original extreme games’! • Location: Victoria Park, Regina.
Enter via main gate. Registered athletes will be on the list for entry, and will pick up their competitor number there.

• Date: Saturday, May 18. Events start at 9:00 a.m.

• Hotels: If you are booking hotels, please use one of the RHA member hotels listed HERE, and be sure to ask for the Highland Games rate!

• Prize Money for Open: 1st - $400; 2nd - $300; 3rd - $200, 4th - $100

Trophies for Amateur - 1st, 2nd, 3rd

Athletic Director: Forrest Scharf

Field Judge: Don Cann, Saskatoon

Scoring: Victoria Martin, Calgary.

Open Competitors:
Matt Reling, Winnipeg
Jason MacDonald, Winnipeg
Curtis Durocher, Calgary
Jesse Cann, Saskatoon

Alisha Thompson, Calgary

Amateur Competitors:
Garry MacDonald, Saskatoon
Robert Scott, Calgary
Riley McIntyre, Regina
Shaun Ings, Winnipeg
Toby Culham, Lloydminster
Collin Haacke, Winkler, MB
Cory MacLeod, Kleefeld, MB
Robert Reid, Winnipeg
Sandy Thorburn, Regina
Karl Hren, Asquith, SK


Photos: View Photos

SHGCF Scottish Athletics Events

Open Stone

Precursor the to the modern Olympic shot put, the Open Stone is a well-recognized event. Within the rectangular throwing area, the athletes build up momentum for a powerful release. Quick feet and functional strength are the keys to a good throw in the Open Stone, and those who try to over muscle it usually wind up disappointed. Track and Field athletes have an advantage here, but a good all round Highland gamer can keep pace with the best of them.

Games Record- 53’ 10.5” 55’ 2.5”

Braemar Stone

Without question, this event is the most ancient of Highland games heavy events. A true test of brute strength, the Braemar Stone is a heavy field stone weighing up to 28 pounds and thrown with one hand from a standing position. A good throw in this event will put an athlete in a good position for the rest of the competition.

Games Record- 43’ 6.5”

Hammer throw

The Scot’s hammer is a 16 or 22 pound ball at the end of a rigid 50” handle. Unlike the Olympic hammer, athletes must throw the traditional hammer with feet firmly planted, relying on strength and power rather than momentum and speed to hurl the implement as far as they can. These two events are the longest of them all.

Games Records- light hammer: 139’ 4.5” Heavy Hammer: 111’ 8.5” 113’ 5”

Caber Toss

Gaelic for “tree,” the caber toss event is just that—flipping a tree end for end and it is the most recognizable event of the Highland games. The name of the game is accuracy and the athlete who can flip the caber the straightest (closest to 12:00on a clock face) will win the title.

Weight Over Bar

A staple to strongman competitions, the weight over bar is a true test of strength. Putting this event in perspective, picking up a 5 gallon pail full of water and throwing that one handed into a second story bedroom window would be very close…all you would need is another gallon to make it a full 56 pounds!

Games Record- 17’ 1”

Sheaf Toss

In the sheaf you will see these athletes throw is a burlap bag filled with twine resembling a sheaf of wheat, and the goal is to throw it as high as possible over a bar. The Canadian record holder will be on hand at the Western Canadian Championships hoping to eclipse his record toss of over 34 feet high.

Games Record- Heavy Sheaf: 34’ 3” Light Sheaf: 40’

Light Weight for Distance

The light weight for distance is truly remarkable to watch. This weighted ball at the end of an 18” chain is thrown for maximum distance with one hand similar to the Olympic discus event. The only difference is the light weight outweighs the disc by over 23 pounds!

Games Record- 82’ 2.5”

Heavy Weight for Distance

Take that same pail of water in the weight for height and spin 920° to gain momentum for a throw for maximum distance, and you have the heavy weight for distance. A four stone or 56 pound weight at the end of an 18” chain is thrown by these athletes. Requiring more skill and strength than any other event, look for the winner of the heavy weight for distance to win the Western Canadian title.

Games Record- 45’ 10”

For heavy events information, contact:

Queen City Open Championship & Prairie Valley Premiership

(Sanctioned by Scottish Official Board of Highland Dancing)

Registrations for the 2019 SHGCF are now closed. Thank you to all who have entered. We are looking forward to a great weekend!


Thanks to Tartantown Ltd. for being our Highland Dance Stage Sponsor!
Thanks to Tartantown Ltd.
for being our Highland Dance
Stage Sponsor!


One of the largest contests in all of Saskatchewan, this event attracts many dancers from across the Prairies, Ontario and British Columbia.


The Hotel Saskatchewan, Regency Ballroom (Saturday morning) and Victoria Park (all other events).

2019 Judges

Christa Mackie, ON

Mary Munro, BC

Jennifer Stephenson, QC


Sean McKeown, Toronto

Mary Ann Houston, Calgary


View Photos

For dancing information, contact:
SHGCF Highland Dance:

Prairie Piping Invitational Event

Players in the 2018 PPI.
Players in the 2018 PPI.

The Prairie Piping Invitational features top professional pipers playing entertaining tunes in a free-for-all event that always provides a great night of piping.

Date: Friday, May 17, 7:00 pm

Where: Regency Ballroom, Hotel Saskatchewan



Tickets are available online, or at the door. Cash Bar service.

2019 Invitees:

Andrea Boyd

Sean McKeown

Raphael Mercier

Alex Rasmussen

Stewart Smith

Sean Somers

2019 Adjudicator:

Jim McGillivray


Requirements: players will entertain with an 8-10 minute selection of their own choice. The selection must include the ground of a piobaireachd, and at least one tune composed by a Canadian.

Prize Money: $350 - $200 - $100

Prairie Piping Invitational Flasks - 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Engraved flasks for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd placings

Audience Ballot: Audience members will each have one ballot to vote for the “Crowd Favourite,” and piper with the most votes will receive a special prize donated by Reelpipes.com

Sponsored by


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Victoria Park
Regina, SK


SaskPower’s lot is be available for free, and the Impark lot across from the Legion on Cornwall Street is $2 all day. See the map below.

SHGCF Parking
SHGCF Parking

Regina Hotel Association

Piping and Drumming Events

2019 Order of Play

Catch the afternoon pipe band competition, sponsored by Regina Hotel Association. Bands will compete in various events to see who will be victorious. Expect to see some very innovative and musical performances.

The Pipe Band contest is one of the larger attractions at this year’s games. Over 15 bands attend regularly from all areas of the province as well as from outside Saskatchewan. The contest itself is adjudicated by world class judges in attendance from across Canada. There are four levels of competition that bands can compete in at the games—Grade Two, Grade Three, Grade Four and Grade Five. Grade Two is the highest level of competition at the games. Be sure to attend the closing ceremonies at 5:30 PM where the winners of the pipe band events will be announced.

Throughout the morning, over 200 individual pipers and drummers will compete in solo competitions. Competitors will play various pieces of music ranging from marches, strathspeys and reels, to the classical music for the bagpipes—Piobaireachd (pee-brock).

2019 Confirmed Judges

Andrea Boyd, Toronto, ON

Dave Hicks, Calgary, AB

John Fisher, Victoria, BC

Jim McGillivray, Aurora, ON

Barry Robinson, Regina, SK

Dr. Gale Russell, Regina, SK

David Bowman, Winnipeg, MB

Kenna Whelan, Moose Jaw, SK


Saturday, May 18
34. Grade V March Selection
35. Grade IV March Selection
36. Grade IV Medley
37. Grade III M/S/R
38. Grade III Medley
39. Grade II M/S/R
40. Grade II Medley
Sunday, May 19 - Queen City Pipe Band Championship
20. Grade V March Selection
21. Grade IV Medley
22. Grade III Medley
23. Grade II Medley
Open - Best Parade Band Trophy



The Saskatchewan Highland Gathering and Celtic Festival offered two scholarships to Sound Advice 2019, each one valued at $475. The scholarships went to “The Most Promising Piper and Drummer” of the day, as chosen collectively by the judges.


General & Pipe Band

  1. Online entries accepted only. Entries submitted after the end date must pay an additional $10.00 late entry fee.
  2. Money submitted for entries and tickets is non-refundable.
  3. As part of a joint effort to minimize administration labour all money, entry forms and inquiries for the Regina Highland Games can be directed to Sharon Schmidt.
  4. All competitions are subject to the Saskatchewan Pipe Band Association rules. (available online at http://www.saskpipebands.org)
  5. Bands must be registered with their local piping and drumming association for 2019.
  6. Bands must submit a copy of their official nominal roll along with their entry form.
  7. Bands may challenge up a grade but will not be eligible for prize money in the higher grade. Entry fees are calculated according to the event entered. (updated Apr. 5/05)
  8. Bands must participate in the massed band performance to collect prize money.
  9. Order of play for bands will be drawn in advance and posted on the morning of the competition. It will be based on first to enter, last to play.
  10. The judges decision is final.
  11. The Saskatchewan Champion designate can be awarded to only those bands registered directly with the SPBA.
  12. The Tim Dixon Memorial Trophy for Best Drum Corps will be awarded to the best sounding drum corps out of all the grades.
  13. A Best Mid-Section Award will be picked for each grade (no entry fee required).

Solo Piping & Drumming

  1. An order of play sheet will be posted for each event. Specific times will not be allotted.
  2. The order of play list will be posted on the website (www.saskhighland.ca) a week prior to the competition and it will be emailed to those entrants who provide an email address with their entry form.
  3. Competitors are responsible for checking in with the platform steward at least 30 minutes prior to the competitor’s estimated playing time. This is important so that competitors are aware of who is playing and when it is their turn to play.
  4. The judge has the right to disqualify a competitor if the competitor does not show up according to the order of play list.
  5. Solo competitors must appear in Highland Dress to collect prizes during massed bands.
  6. Grade IV Piping: Competitors may submit two 2-parted tunes or one 4-parted tune for the 2/4 March and 6/8 March events.
  7. Grade I Piping: Judges will choose tune combinations for the MSR and J/H events from the list of tunes submitted by the competitor.
  8. All 2/4 marches are at least 4 parts unless otherwise stated.
  9. All competitors are required to be current members (2019 year) of the Saskatchewan Pipe Band Association or an ANAPBA member association. Non-SPBA members, please supply a photocopy of your current membership card, or similar proof with your entry. Solo competitors must enter the grade designated by their home association and playing up is NOT permitted.
  10. Piobaireachd placings and light music placings will be combined to determine an aggregate grade winner.
  11. No ties are permitted for individual events.
  12. For all solo events, prizes will be awarded based on the number of competitors.
Competitors < 3 3 4-10 11-15 16-20 >20
Prizes 1 2 3 4 5 6

For piping/drumming information, contact:
Iain MacDonald