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AGM - Annual General Meeting

Attention Getter Each year, WUSPBA holds a meeting to vote on new officers and consider changes to bylaws and rules for the association.

If you wish to submit a proposal to change the bylaws or contest rules please read How to Write an AGM Proposal.


November 12

(Adjudication clinic DVD's will be available for sale at the AGM)

The 2011 WUSPBA Annual General Meeting will be held at 8:30 AM on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at the University Nevada Las Vegas Richard Tam Alumni Center Grand Hall located at 4505 S Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, NV 89154, on the eastern edge of the UNLV campus at the intersection of S Maryland Parkway & E Harmon Avenue. Free parking is located along S Maryland Parkway directly adjacent to the Alumni Center. Lodging can be obtained from a number of properties nearby; consider the Alexis Park Resort located at 375 E Harmon Avenue, Las Vegas; attractively priced and located next to the UNLV campus.

Piping & Drumming workshops will be offered on Saturday at the Alumni Center upon the conclusion of the AGM. Check back on this webpage for updates regarding the free workshops.

A Games Sponsors' meeting and reception will be held at the UNLV Tam Alumni Center in the Trent Lounge on Friday, November 11, 2011 starting at 7:00 PM. Important business relating to the manner in which contests are run will be discussed with games representatives. Please add this to your schedule for the weekend.


Friday, November 11, 2011
Games Sponsors’ Meeting & Reception, UNLV Alumni Center, Trent Lounge
7:00 – 9:00 PM
The ensemble exam will be offered right after the conclusion of the AGM, Saturday, 11 November.

Saturday, November 12, 2011
WUSPBA Annual General Meeting, UNLV Alumni Center, Tiberti Grand Hall & Albrecht Boardroom
7:30 – 8:30 AM Check-in & Registration
8:30 AM – 3:30 PM Annual General Meeting
3:30 – 6:30 PM Piping & Drumming Workshops
3:30 – 6:30 PM Judges’ Exams (off-site at Alexis Park Resort)


A buffet lunch will be offered with the following at the low cost of $10 per person:

  • Baked Beans
  • Coleslaw
  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Cornbread Fiesta Muffins
  • Baked Country Chicken
  • Sliced Brisket
  • Assorted Cookies & Dessert Bars
  • Ice Water & Iced Tea

Instructors at the AGM will be Ian Whitelaw (Piping) and Glenn Kvidahl (Drumming). Both of these highly qualified workshop leaders will share information about how best to prepare for competition. The workshops will be presented immediately after the conclusion of the AGM at the UNLV Alumni Center.

The last part of their workshops will be a joint effort presented to both pipers and drummers about how to achieve the best ensemble when pipers play for drummers in 'solo' competition. From the drummers standpoint: what do I need to do to get the best from a piper who seems to consider this a burden? From the pipers standpoint: how can I best support the drummer who has honored me with a request to play for their solo competition? Tune selection, timing, preparation, ensemble considerations, presentation will all be fair game for discussion. Don't miss this great opportunity!


Proposal Deadline
The deadline to submit proposals for bylaws and/or contest rule changes for the 2011 AGM was September 28.

Officer Nominations
The following are the offices up for election along with the names of individuals who have been nominated for those offices so far:

President - John Biggar
Executive Secretary - Andrew Lenz Jr.
Treasurer - David Mackenzie
Band Registrar - Kylene Tanner

Officer Appointments
Appointments will be made by the Executive Committee
To Be Announced...

Proposals For Changes to ByLaws & Contest Rules:
in Original form (MS Word .doc Files)


Band Late Fees (DOC) (PDF)
Branch Financial Support (DOC) (PDF)
Judges Text Correction (DOC) (PDF)
Registrar Text Correction, Past President Clarification (DOC) (PDF)
Removal of Officers (DOC) (PDF)
WUSPBA Representatives (DOC) (PDF)

Adjudicator Alcohol Consumption (DOC) (PDF)

Aggregate Prizes (DOC) (PDF)
Band Slow March 6/8 Event (DOC) (PDF)
Bands Playing for Critique (DOC) (PDF)
Dual Musicians (DOC) (PDF)
Grade 5 Timed Medley Exclusion (DOC) (PDF)
Order of Play (DOC) (PDF)
QMM Renamed to QMS (DOC) (PDF)
Tenor Drumming (DOC) (PDF)
Registered Instructor (DOC) (PDF)

Proposals For Changes to ByLaws & Contest Rules:
After Amendments & Revisions

Contest Rules and Bylaws will be revised to reflect voting results and will posted to when complete.


The following are links to past proposals, minutes, officer votes, etc. for previous years of AGMs.

2010 AGM

2009 AGM

2008 AGM

2007 AGM

Late-2006 AGM

Early-2006 AGM

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