The Annual General Meeting of the County Down Section, Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association, Northern Ireland Branch will take place in the Millbrook Lodge Hotel, Ballynahinch on Wednesday 19th October, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.
The Section looks forward to a good turn out of band representatives at the meeting.
The Fingal Solo Piping and Drumming Championships are being held on Sunday 9th October 2016 in
Lusk, Co Dublin.
Please click here for the syllabus and online entry .
It's that time of year again. The NI Branch School kicks off the Autumn term on Saturday 24th September at 9.30am. The venues are listed below. Please note that the North-West Venue has changed to Oakgrove Integrated College (BT47 6TG).
Mid-Ulster: Cookstown Primary School, Coolnafranky, Cookstown
Co. Fermanagh: Erne Integrated College, Enniskillen
Co. Down: Edenderry Primary School, Lurgan Road, Banbridge
North-West: Oakgrove Integrated College, Gransha Park, Londonderry
The Mid-Ulster Centre will have Drum Major tuition as a new addition for 2016/17.
The Branch School are also offering a number of Discounted Fees options:
Household Discounted Fees
Multiple Students attending the School from the same household will be subject to the following Fees:
2 Students - £25 each
3 or more students - £20 each
Young Student Discounted Fees
The fees for students attending the School who are in Primary 6 or 7 will be £25.
The fees for students attending the School who are in Primary 5 or lower will be £20.
If you would like to take advantage of any of the discount fees please contact the Branch Office (firstname.lastname@example.org or 02892670445) or your local Centre Coordinator so that your account can be enable for the reduced rate.
All Centres will be teaching on the first day and it would be helpful if as many students as possible could register on the website before Saturday. We've made it even easier to sign up this year.
For returning students or new students with an existing account on the system:
- Click 'My Account' (On top grey bar)
- Click on 'Branch School' tab
- Click the 'Register with Branch School' Link and follow instructions.
For new students without an account on the Branch website please click on the following link and register then follow the instructions above to sign up with the Branch School. (If you area competing Drum Major or played at the recent All-Ireland Solos you already have an account.)
If you have any query or problem accessing the website please contact email@example.com
The Music Board met on Saturday 17th September and approved the following grading changes for the 2017 season. These changes are already approved by the Board of Directors.
Northern Ireland Branch bands upgrades:
Grade 4B to 4A
St Marys, Derrytrasna
Grade 4A to 3B
Grade 3B to 3A
Matt Boyd Memorial
Marlacoo and District
Grade 3A to 2
Grade 2 to 1
Pipes and Drums of the Police Service of Northern Ireland
No downgrades for Northern Ireland Branch bands.