The officers of the EUSPBA Northeast Branch welcome you to our website!
Our goal is to keep you informed of the branch’s events and activities.
It is with great regret that we announce the passing of Bruce Kane, of Torrington, Connecticut 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.
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.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
2013 Northeast Branch AGM
Our Northeast Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be on Friday, 8/30, 7:00 PM, at Albany Spring Hill Suites by Marriott8 California Ave, Albany NY 12206
(Also, if you’re looking for a hotel, call 888-287-9400and mention “Pipe Band AGM”. You’ll get a special rate of $124 per night.)
Bring your ideas and suggestions for improvement !
If you’d like to propose an agenda item for the EUSPBA Main Body AGM in November, it must be discussed and approved at this Branch Meeting.
There are two NE Branch positions up for election this year - CHAIR & SECRETARY.
We will be holding electronic elections again this year. Look for an email from email@example.com on Monday August 5th.
Chairperson – The candidate is Maureen Connor.
Maureen began playing pipes in 1985 with Nancy Tunnicliffe, and began teaching bagpipes in 1991. She holds a M.Ed. in Instructional Leadership, is certified at the Graduate and Senior Teacher Level by the Institute of Piping. She has a variety of experience in Arts Management, Education, and Operational Management. She began teaching the Scotia-Glenville Pipe Band in 1994 and has developed them from a small community band to World Champions. Currently the organization has 3 level bands. Maureen played with the Oran Mor Pipe Band for 10 seasons. As a Solo Competitor she has competed in all Amateur Grades and was Upgrade to Professional in 2000. She won the Nicol-Brown Chalice in 1999 and was accepted to competed at the Northern Meeting and Argyllshire Gathering in 1997, 1998, 1999.
Having served the Northeast Branch for the past 3 years, Maureen along with Branch Officers Andrew Adams and Brendan O’Reilly implemented Duty Piper for Drummers, initiated the EUSPBA 50th Anniversary Drum Salute as well as submitted proposals for Special Events including: Piobroch Judge for Grade 4 and supporting 2 Grade 1 competitors to Metro Branch.
As Northeast Branch Chair, she serves on the Technology Committee working to upgrade the EUSPBA’s use of on-line registrations, results compilation, and contest operations.
Secretary – The candidates are Kirk Bunson and Brendan O’Reilly.
Kirk Bunson’s Bio:
Kirk Brunson began playing the pipes in 2002 and is a student of Willie McCallum. Additional tuition has come from Adam Holdaway, Donald F. Lindsay, Brian Donaldson, Donald McBride, and Alasdair Gillies. In 2006, he joined the Stuart Highlanders and has played with them as they have risen from grade 5 to sweeping the grade two qualifier and taking fifth overall at the 2011 Worlds. Currently, he is playing with both the grade 2 Stuart Highlanders and the grade 1 Halifax Citadel pipe bands. Some of Kirk’s successes on the boards include winning the Sandy Jones, Balmoral Classic, USPF, and the Metro Cup as well as placing in the Piobaireachd and MSR at the Nicol Brown and George Sherriff. He credits the outstanding instruction he has received for his success to date, and is keenly interested in seeing the level of instruction and play continue to increase in the Northeast.
As secretary and administrative assistant for the Invermark College of Piping and Drumming as well as being heavily involved in the Interviews with Professional Pipers series in The Voice, Kirk is qualified to hold the Northeast Branch’s secretary position in that he has both the playing experience to provide valuable input and the administrative skills to fulfill the role’s responsibilities. Thank you for your consideration.
Brendan O’Reilly’s Bio:
I am the current secretary of the NE Branch and would like to run for another term. It has been my pleasure to work with all of the different bands and our members over the last few years. It is my intention to continue to improve and modernize of our branch’s processes with your help.
If I was to describe my favorite accomplishment from my time in this position, it would be the introduction and adoption of ‘electronic elections’ in the NE Branch and finally this year, across all of the EUSPBA. Along with the usual communication tasks, my next big goal is the ‘publishing of contest results’ in a very timely fashion. (for example, wouldn’t it be great if they were available on the internet after the final mass bands? )
Here’s my PB background:
Currently, I’m a member of Ulster Scottish PB and a solo grade 3 snare competitor. I’ve played with a variety of bands over the years, from my initial start in the mid-90’s with street band called Tri-County Pipes and Drums from Bergen, NJ, to Monaghan’s Gr 5, to Putnam County Sherriff’s PB , and the Mohawk Valley Frasers . I’ve worked with a variety of instructors – Norman White, Dave Wonsey, Martin Duffy, Jim Coughlin, Norm MacLeod, Tony Rashid, Tom Foote, Andy Adams, Doug Stronach, and most recently, Derek Cooper and Reid Maxwell.
Some other background detail:
My wife and I have three daughters. Two of them play tenor with Ulster Scottish as well and we’ll be traveling to Scotland this month for the Worlds. In my professional life, I’m a Senior Network Engineer / Vice President for Citigroup and I have a MBA from Fordham University. My ability to work well with people and navigate bureaucratic challenges are valuable skills, which I bring to the secretary position. Hopefully, with your help, I will get another opportunity.
Congratulations to our EUSPBA’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY SALUTE Winners !
- 1st Place Alexander Kuldell
- 2nd Plane Roy Barbee
- 3rd Place Harry Meade
Duty Piper for Drummers:
The Pipers for Drummers program has been cancelled for 2013. The amount of drummer participation was deemed not high enough to keep it going. There were approximately 8 people, who used the program, across 10 contests, in 2012. We are looking for ideas to help increase the number of solo drummers. If anyone has any suggestions, please pass them along.