New Southern Branch Officers Announced

Our first online election was a big success, with more than 22% of our members voting. That is significantly improved from elections in years past. It would be great for the Branch to continue these advances and have a higher percentage each year.

The new EUSPBA Southern Branch officers are:

  • Branch Chair – Bill Caudill
  • Branch Secretary – Andrew Kerr
  • Branch Treasurer – Peter Armstrong


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Meet Your Branch Office Candidates 2014

Candidate for Chair: Joe Brady

Pipe and drum bands have been a part of Joe Brady’s life since he was 9 years old –
learning under the tutelage of Chicago’s oldest band — the Stockyard Kilties and later playing with the Chicago Police pipe bands. Upon moving to North Carolina in 2005 he formed the Wake and District Public Safety Pipes and Drums and is currently developing a juvenile program – the Crossroad Kilty band. “I’m not the greatest piper in the circle” said Brady, “but I know how to organize and promote a program while raising the level and recognition of the music I love”. Brady is a retired police officer and current band manager of the Wake and District pipe band program.

Candidate for Chair: Bill Caudill

Bill Caudill is a Professional Piper who has been playing the pipes since 1977. He was first involved in the Charlotte Caledonian Pipe Band until joining the Grandfather Mountain
Highlanders in 1982. He remained with the Grandfather Mountain band until 2005, having served as P/S, and P/M (1987-1991) in part during the band’s brief stint in Grade II. He is founder and instructor of the St. Andrews University Pipe Band and has led that band from humble beginnings to become of of the most consistent Grade III bands in the EUSPBA. He also assisted as a member of the Charleston Police Pipe Band during their short run in Grade II from 2005-2008. He is also founder and Chairman of the Scotland County Highland Games. He has served as a member of the EUSPBA Music Board (2002-2008), led the Music Board’s Judges Review committee, and served as an examiner for the Graduate Exams. Professionally he is a member of the faculty of St. Andrews University in Laurinburg, North Carolina, where he resides with his wife Anne, and sons John Alec, and Daniel.

Candidate for Chair: Tom Crawford

• Piper for 15 years. Currently Grade 2 solo piper and Pipe Major of North Atlanta Pipes & Drums
• Musician for 45 years – Multi-instrumentalist and member of Keltic Kudzu (newest CD
now available on and at Entertainment Stage 2 at Stone Mountain Games!)
• On the Southern Branch Board as Chair or Treasurer since 2005
• 10 years as Webmaster
• 10 years of attendance at both EUSPBA and Southern Branch Annual General Meetings
• 3 years as Contest Director for the Atlanta Indoor Solo Piping Contest
• Assisted on Workshop Committees in Atlanta, Charleston, Columbia SC and Greenville
• I will explore bringing more educational opportunities to the Southern Branch, utilizing
both localized meetings and web-based instruction
• I believe that with your involvement, the Southern Branch can be a model for the other
branches, helping our members get the most out of their EUSPBA membership

Candidate for Secretary: Andrew Kerr

Hello, my name is Andrew Kerr and I’m seeking your vote for the EUSPBA Southern
branch Secretary position. I have been apart of the EUSPBA branch with bands and solo
competitions since 1985. Over the past 4 years I’ve been apart of the SPSL and RSPBA
organizations within the United Kingdom and Scotland. After 21 years in the US military I am now able to help out the Southern branch piping community. I would be honored for your vote to be the next EUSPBA Southern branch secretary.

Candidate for Secretary: Katy Rashid

Katy Rashid was born in the north of England to English and Pakistani parents. After her family emigrated to the United States, she spent most of her childhood in central New York, where she began chanter lessons at the age of 9 after watching the Mohawk Valley Frasers play at a girl scout meeting. Her first instructor was Jim Clough. As a young player, Katy benefited enormously from summer piping schools, where she was fortunate to have had the opportunity to study with many fine instructors, including Donald Lindsay, Ian McClellan, Jimmy McGregor, Ronnie Lawrie, and, most importantly, James McIntosh MBE. In 1987 she moved to Pittsburgh and began attending Carnegie Mellon University, where she would serve as Pipe Major of the CMU Pipe Band during four years of university (1987–1991) and again from 1992-1993. Under the tutelage of Jimmy McIntosh, Katy enjoyed a moderately successful solo career, ranking as the EUSPBA’s top overall Grade I piper in 1989 and placing first in the Nicol-Brown Amateur Invitational that same year.

After a long break from piping, Katy moved to South Carolina in 1999, where she began
a family, a pipe band, and a new career as a piping instructor. In this she was greatly aided by Bob Worrall, who has been teacher, mentor, and good friend. She was delighted to become an active solo competitor once again and would like to thank all the people who make this possible, including her husband John, sons Rowan and Liam, and life-long teacher Jimmy McIntosh, who in 2012 was kind enough to move 10 miles away and take up the task of instructing her once again. Also in 2012, Katy moved into the Professional piping grade. Since then, she has successfully completed the EUSPBA’s Graduate Certificate and become an instructor at the North American Academy of Piping and Drumming. Katy enjoys playing with the Atlanta Pipe Band, instructing her piping students and her children, and working as Registrar at her sons’ soccer club. As a happy Southern transplant, she welcomes the opportunity to take on a larger role in the Southern branch of the EUSPBA.

Candidate for Treasurer: Peter Armstrong

Started to learn the bagpipes in 1998 from Sandy Jones. Since then he has competed solo and with the Charleston Police Pipes and Drums Grade 4 and is the playing instructor for the Grade 5 band.

He has been involved with the EUSPBA as a Games Monitor and former officer of the Southern Branch serving as Secretary and Member at Large. While serving the Southern Branch he assisted in producing workshops, “Meet the Judges” meeting after games and working with games directors to produce a better competition experience.

He is the former Director of Piping and Drumming of the Charleston Games, serving 11 years in that position. He is the organizer and Director of the Sandy Jones Invitational and Charleston Indoor Games.


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2014 Southern Branch AGM Announced

The Southern Branch Annual General Meeting will be held at 10am on Sunday, September 21, 2014 at the Holiday Inn Charleston – Mount Pleasant, 250 Johnnie Dodds Blvd, Mt Pleasant SC 29464. This is the Sunday after the Charleston Highland Games, and the location is the games host hotel.
This meeting is your opportunity to have a voice in how EUSPBA is run. The meeting will focus on elections of Branch Officers, updates to happenings within our Association, and soliciting topics to bring to the EUSPBA AGM in November. If you have a rule, by-law, policy or anything else you would like to see changed – THIS is the place to do so. We will start at 10am, so you can sleep in, and we’ll end no later than 1pm so you can get on the road. It will just take a wee bit of time to take an active roll in our Association. Please join us!

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Southern Branch Chair to Run for EUSPBA Vice President

Congratulations to Jim Dillahey, Southern Branch Chair for being nominated to run for the Vice President’s seat on the EUSPBA Executive Committee. It will be great to have Southern Branch representation on the EC. Please remember Jim when filling out your ballots in October.
At the Southern Branch Annual General Meeting we will elect a new Chair. Tom Crawford, the current branch Treasurer, has agreed to run for the Chair. However, we also welcome nominations from all who are interested in serving the Southern Branch as the Chair, as Treasurer or in any other capacity.

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Branch AGM Announced

Please join us at our Annual General Meeting at 11:00am Sunday morning, September 22, 2013. That’s the morning after the Charleston Games and we’ll meet at the host hotel, the Mt Pleasant Holiday Inn on Johnny Dobbs Parkway.  We’ll discuss the state of the Branch as well as topics to send to the EC for their consideration at the EUSPBA AGM in November. There will also be an election for the Branch Treasurer. This is a great opportunity for a little effort having a big impact.

We will have coffee and light refreshments. Y’all come!

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New Coastal Region Southern Branch Workshop Scheduled

The Southern Branch has scheduled the first of a series of Piping Worksops for the Coastal Region, to be held on February 9, 2013 at The Citadel in Charleston, SC. Get your competition season off to a great start with instructors Jimmy MacIntosh MBE, Joyce MacIntosh and Jim Dillahey.

More information and registration form.

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A Message From Jim Dillahey, Southern Branch Chair

As the incoming Southern Branch Chairman, I would first like to thank the outgoing Branch Chairman, Albert McMullin. He has done a fine job of leading the Branch for a number of years and has overseen a good bit of positive growth. I hope to build off of his efforts and keep the Southern Branch on the right track. I also would like to recognize Doug Ross who won the recent election to be the next Southern Branch Chairman but resigned due to changes in his professional life.

My main focus will be trying to offer more educational opportunities to the Branch throughout the year in smaller regional workshops. The idea behind this is that they will be day trips for the attendees rather than full weekend affairs which are generally more costly (hotel, food, and gas).  I am looking forward to the challenges of this job and will be relying on not only the Southern Branch Officers, but the members as well to brainstorm new ideas for the future while keeping what is working intact. I will always be open to new ideas and methods to get the job done, so if you have an idea please feel free to get in touch with me!

I would also like to introduce the Southern Branch Officers to you, though you probably already know all of them since they have been fixtures at about every Games in the South for many years.

Chair: Jim Dillahey
Secretary: John Guerry
Treasurer: Tom Crawford
Officer at Large: Jon Shell
Officer at Large: Grace Washam
Monitor Coordinator: Debbie Hahn

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Don’t Forget – Southern Branch AGM September 16, 2012

Don’t Forget that the Southern Branch AGM will be held on Sunday September 16, 2012 at 8:30am at the Holiday Inn in Mt Pleasant SC. This is the host hotel for the Charleston Games. We will be electing officers, discussing items for the EUSPBA AGM, and making plans for the future of the branch. Please join us on Sunday morning and make your voice heard.

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Southern Branch Seeks Nominations for Chair

The current term of office for the Southern Branch Chairman will expire in August 2012. The Chair has indicated that he does not plan to run for re-election at that time. If you have an interest in running for this position, please contact Andrea Jones, chair of the Nominating Committee. Andrea and the committee can answer your questions on the nominating process or what is involved in holding a Branch office.

The election will be held at the Southern Branch AGM . The deadline to submit your name for consideration is July 30, 2012.


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Southern Branch Policy Update

The Southern Branch officers have implemented the following policy for all Southern Branch games, effective immediately:  “If a competitor is unable to provide a valid membership number prior to or on games day and if the competitor states he/she has already submitted his/her dues, the benefit of the doubt will be given to the competitor.  If it is subsequently determined the competitor did not pay his/her dues by the date in question, the matter will be referred to the Executive Committee for disciplinary action.”  Under this policy, all the monitor need do is note the name of the person on the monitor reimbursement form and send it on.”

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