Monday, May 1, 2017

Piobaireachd Challenge

Pictured are all of the first place winners for the light music and piobaireachd events (photo credit to Rick Crawford).

A huge thank you to everyone who came and competed, supported, sponsored and volunteered at the 2017 Atlantic Canada Piobaireachd Challenge this past weekend. We were extremely honoured and privileged to have Bill Livingstone as our judge and workshop facilitator. Thank you to our sponsors:
the Atlantic Canada Pipe Band Association, the PEI Police Association, Dr. Angus MacArthur, MacLeod Highland Outfitters, the MacIsaac Kiltmakers, the College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada and L&M Highland Outfitters. Thank you to Ryan Simpson for doing a great job stewarding, Tiber Falzett for being the reader for the piobaireachd event and to Rick Crawford, ACPBA Chief Steward, who made sure that the event ran smoothly and for also taking photos. It was a great day of learning at the workshop the following day! Please see below for all of the results. 

Pewter Medal (Grade 5):
1st place: Conall Gibson
Copper Medal (Grade 4):
1st place: Dalton Faulkner
2nd place: Patrick Pickles
3rd place: Carl Brydon
Bronze Medal (Grade 3):
1st place: Gillian Blaney
2nd place: Calum MacKinnon
3rd place: James Gendron
Nickel Medal (Grade 2):
1st place: Brady Webb
2nd place: Calum Brydon
3rd place: Doug Hamilton
Silver Medal (Grade 1):
1st place: Kenneth Garson
Gold Medal (Professional):
1st place: James MacHattie
2nd place: Amy Garson
Light Music:
Grade 4 March:
1st place: Patrick Pickles
2nd place: Dalton Faulkner
3rd place: Rob McKay
Grade 3 MSR:
1st place: Gillian Blaney
2nd place: Calum MacKinnon
3rd place: James Gendron
Grade 2 MSR:
1st place: Brady Webb
2nd place: Calum Brydon
Grade 1 MSR:
1st place: Kenneth Garson
Professional MSR:
1st place: James MacHattie
2nd place: Amy Garson

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Happy National Volunteer Week!

This week is National Volunteer Week and at the College, we are blessed with some of the best volunteers around! As a not-for-profit and a registered charity, volunteers are the very heart of our organization. We are extremely lucky, fortunate and privileged to have a dedicated team of extraordinary people who volunteer their time here. Over the years there have been many, many, many people who have spent time pitching in and helping to make the College what it is today. Young and old work together to help make this place better. From taking personal time to prep the grounds for the Highland Gathering and Highland Storm, to volunteering in the gift shop in the evening during the winter months, mowing the back field and front lawns, to greeting, ticket taking, assisting and serving in the concession stand during Highland Storm, to building the Highland Storm set, to putting the amphitheatre roof on…the list could go on for miles. We are truly blessed with the best volunteers in the world. A huge thank you for all that you do because we wouldn’t be able to do what we do without you! Thank you!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Tartan Day!

Happy Tartan Day!  May your day be filled with lots of tartan!  

 The Millenium Tartan that our pipe bands wear at the College

Wednesday, April 5, 2017


A huge congratulations to Jane Michael on winning the College of Piping Pipe Band $2500 Travel Voucher Raffle! Piping instructor, Kylie MacHattie and drumming instructor, Chris Coleman present Jane with her voucher. Thank you for your support of our pipe bands! Photo Credit to Sue McGiveron.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Thank You!

Two of Summerside's finest police officers present the cheque on behalf of the PEI Police Association to drumming instructor, Chris Coleman

A huge thank you to the PEI Police Association for their sponsorship of the 2017 Atlantic Canada Piobaireachd Challenge which is in partnership with the College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada.  This year the Piobaireachd Challenge takes place on April 29th with the workshop being held on April 30th at the College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada in Summerside.  Returning this year is the march contest for Grade 4 and Grade 5 and an MSR contest for Grade 3 to Professional.  You can register for the workshop up until the day of (which is April 30th).  To find the workshop form, please follow this link:  This year we have the legendary Bill Livingstone as our judge and workshop facilitator. We hope to see you for a weekend of great playing and learning!

Monday, April 3, 2017

We Have A Winner!

The Winning Ticket!

The winner of the College of Piping Pipe Band $2500 travel voucher is Jane Michael! A huge thank you to the island hotels and golf course for their generous donations! Please see below for the full list of winners (and sponsors)! Thank you to everyone who purchased a ticket and supported our pipe bands. We really, really, REALLY appreciate the support! Thank you!
Grand Prize of $2500 Travel Voucher: Jane Michael
One night at the Holman Grand Hotel: Dave Buell
One night at the Delta Prince Edward + Breakfast: Carter McBean
Green Fees for two for Andersons Creek Golf Course: Chris Higginbotham
The College of Piping Gift Shop Gift Certificate: Linda Chowen
Highland Storm Tickets for four: Tina Mundy
Highland Storm Tickets for four: Ian LeBlanc
Holman's Ice Cream Parlour Gift Certificate: Nick vanOuwerkerk


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Happy Hump Day!

There are still tickets available for our April 7th pub night! Treble with Girls perform a delightful mixture of Celtic, Maritime, Folk and Country favourites along with original songs and fiddle tunes.  Band members Jolee Patkai, Maxine MacLennan, Sheila MacKenzie and Norman Stewart bring a lot of fun and laughs to their shows, which are highlighted by amazing vocal harmonies. Treble with Girls are very active in the community and support fundraising initiatives whenever they can, and have set a goal to raise $10,000 for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation! Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.  Don’t wait to book your tickets, our last three pub nights have sold out!  Doors open at 6:30pm and the performance will begin at 7:15pm. For more information, or to book your tickets, please call 902-436-5377 or email us at:

The entry form for the Atlantic Canada Piobaireachd Challenge is now available on our website (  It will take place on April 29th with a workshop the following day on April 30th. This year's judge and workshop facilitator is the legendary Bill Livingstone. It is an event that is not to be missed for any piobaireachd enthusiast! Even if you aren't super keen on piobaireachd, there will be a light music event in the afternoon! 

And some hump day wisdom: