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By John Dally (ex president, WPA)

There is some confusion in our membership about dues and our relationship to the British Columbia Pipers' Association, which I wish to clarify here.

The BCPA is doing an excellent job of representing the best interests of pipers, drummers and pipe bands in our region as piping and drumming becomes more global and less regional. We have seen the formation of the Alliance of North American Pipe Band Associations, a movement that is well underway, powered mainly by professionalism and musicianship among pipers and drummers across North America.

You can read more about these changes on the ANAPBA's web site

Highland games associations work very closely with regional piping and drumming associations across North America, like the BCPA, which provide the events, grading, and adjudicating infrastructure for individual piping and drumming competitions and band contests. The Games associations in our area recognize the contributions of the BCPA and its members with a financial incentive when you enter events at their Games.

However, you are not required to be a member of the BCPA to enter Highland Games events. But, once you become a member of the BCPA you may compete at any sanctioned games in North America without having to become a member of that region's piping and drumming association because of the reciprocity agreement among the ANAPBA pipe band associations. For example, if you want to compete in sanctioned competitions in California you will not need to become a member of WUSPBA if you are a member of the BCPA.

Membership in the BCPA will also allow you to compete at the BCPA Mini-Gatherings and the BC Pipers' Annual Gathering, also known as The Indoor. You will also receive the BCPA Newsletter and, for Active and Pipe Band members, voting rights. And the BCPA is investigating how it may be able to aid local organizations, like the WPA.

To the leaders and members of the BCPA I give my hearty thanks and congratulations. The BCPA has taken on the responsibilities of leadership while at the same time making it very clear that smaller local organizations, like the WPA, should be supported and need to thrive within the bounds of their influence.

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