The Toronto Indoor Games has agreed to host the PPBSO Drumming Summit and build it into their schedule for the event on March 30, 2024. 

The Toronto Indoor Games was a stalwart of the Ontario games circuit back in the early formation of the PPBSO and subsequent Toronto Branch.  The games fell by the wayside, but the event was resurrected in the early 2000s by the Toronto Branch of the PPBSO.  

The Indoor Games, and the Drumming Summit, will be held at their traditional home of the Games at Moss Park Armoury on 130 Queen Street East, home of the 48th Highlanders of Canada.

The Drumming Summit panel will be Drew Duthart, Dave Fenton, Jamie Alfred, and Kahlil Cappuccino hosting the conversations.

Attendees of this first summit will be limited to two drummers from each band being represented (ideally Lead Tip and Leader of the midsection). Teachers and instructors can reach out to the education committee to confirm their attendance.  

An hour and a half will be allocated to the summit in between solos and band performances.

This first summit will be a stepping stone to future events which will continue the conversation with a wider audience.  Another summit with a wider range of invitees is being tentatively scheduled for autumn.  

The PPBSO are delighted with the response to their recent survey.  Drummers from throughout Ontario, as well as beyond, have sent in ideas and concerns about how recruitment, retention, and development either is or isn’t being successful in different locations.  

More information will be available once registrations are underway. Anyone with questions can contact at the education committee education@ppbso.org

•Toronto Police Pipe Band playing at Piping Live! in 2015 with Neil Whitelaw on bass drum. ©JohnSlavin @ designfolk.com / Bagpipe.news