CANCELLED: IPE Championships

It is with great regret that I have to announce that the 2016 edition of IPE Championships has been cancelled. This is very disappointing for all of the IPE team, as I’m sure it will be to the groups that had registered to compete, but due to a lack of entries there really is no other option. We have heard that some units are having to rebuild, so will not have time to train new members, as well as put a competitive programme together; and some units have advised that they will struggle to attend due to a lack of funds.

The 2015 event was very encouraging, as we had a record number of units register for championships. There were a few unavoidable problems on the day – torrential rain and wind; a delayed start time, and an issue with lack of equipment storage/an area for members to change into uniform/costume. However; I hope you will agree that it was a fantastic day of great performances, with a positive and friendly atmosphere.

In preparation for the 2016 event, the IPE team had made arrangements to rectify the problems previously mentioned, but will now implement these improvements at the 2017 event. These improvements include an additional hall to be used for storage/changing, as well a big change of moving to the WGI judging manual.  You will not want to miss the 2017 championships!

I hope that you will understand that cancelling the event is being done as a last resort. IPE exists purely for the performers, but without a minimum of 10-12 units in competition, each bringing with them their teams of supporters; it is not financially viable to go ahead with the event.
We would like to thank the units that did register for 2016: Jubal Indoor Percussion, DrumSpirit, GOT Motion, MDC Drumline Hallein, New Spirit, and Harpe Davids – your loyalty and support is very much appreciated. 

Please continue to support IPE with its endeavours to provide a percussion-only circuit in Europe.

Best wishes
Erwin van Gemert