PPBSO appeal for stewards to be part of the Ontario Games season


The Pipers & Pipe Band Society of Ontario have a brief zoom meeting planned for Wednesday, April 12, for currently active PPBSO stewards and to those who might be interested to get involved. The contest steward is one of the many roles that are vital to the smooth running of pipe band competitions, and the PPBSO we are looking to create a stewarding centre of excellence.

All the events in the Ontario Highland Games season have been added to the bagpipe.news Upcoming Events here, and it begins on June 10 with the Georgetown Highland Games.

The role of contest steward may be of interest to friends and family members who regularly attend a Highland games in support of an enthusiastic piper or drummer. And for regular game-attenders, stepping up to take on a PPBSO steward role might be just the thing to add some extra interest to the day.

Each steward receives an honorarium, a complimentary pass for entrance to the games and has a front row seat to the day’s musical events. Stewards need to be on the field at 8am and be prepared to administer competitions to mid-day.

What’s expected?

  • Be the central point for competitor “check-in”
  • Ensure competitors are aware of their playing order
  • Ensure competitors are aware of any unplanned changes to playing order
  • Facilitate changes in playing order due to individual timing conflicts (e.g. a competitor may be required to accompany a solo drumming competitor at the same time as their scheduled piping event)
  • Be a steadying presence for competitors!

Highland dress is entirely optional for the steward role!

If you are interested (or know someone who might be interested!) please drop an email to Sharon Duthart, PPBSO Administrator. https://www.pipebandsontario.org/