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Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows 22 hour(s) ago

It is with deep regret that RSPBANI Branch announce the passing of Denver Cardwell on Wednesday 26th November 2014.  Denver was a long time member and supporter of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association (Northern Ireland) Branch and highly respected RSPBA adjudicator. 

As many RSPBANI Branch Officers, Executive and Band members wish to attend  and pay their respects at the Funeral Service,  which is planned for 10:30 a.m.  on the 29th November in Holywood Methodist Church, the start time of the AGM of the Northern Ireland Branch will be postponed from 11.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. sharp  on Saturday.

We apologise if this causes any inconvenience 

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 26 November 2014 3:19 PM

Press release from Major Sinclair Memorial Pipe Band

For your information

The Major Sinclair Memorial Pipe Band is named after Major John Maynard Sinclair the Ulster Unionist Finance minister who lost his life in the Princess Victoria ferry disaster of 1953. The Band was formed in 1957 with amalgamation of the William Johnston Memorial and the Emanuel Pipe Bands.

The Band wear the Black Stewart tartan and are Graded 4A by the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association for competitions both at home and in Scotland. It can also be found playing at various parades, festivals and summer concerts throughout the local area. Band practices are held in the Torrens Hall, Doagh from 19.00 - 21.00 every Tuesday evening, and Wednesday from 19.00 to 21.00.

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Dear Editor,
Major Sinclair Memorial Pipe Band, would like to thank the people of Ballyclare and the Ballyclare Office of the Democratic Unionist Party for their support. We had a spectacular evening of Piping, Drumming, Irish and Scottish dancing and the first outing for our new traditional music group called DR-one Direction at our Wee Gatherin’ Concert, in the town hall.

We were greatly received by the audience, the reception we got let us know that we were playing all the tunes they love to hear. One of the many highlights of the evening was Rev McCrea taking to the stage and treating us to a few tunes, where he was joined by our compare Billy McFarland from the vibrant days of the show-bands. Together they made a formidable team.

One lady had travelled from Larne to see us and said “ It was wonderful to see the Band tonight, I have followed you on and off for years. and you just get better and better. I really enjoyed the Abba group stuff. Great to see so many young ones too”.

We met with many old friends on the night and made many new ones. You can become a friend of the band too by following us on Facebook.

If you didn’t manage to catch the concert you can view many clips on our Facebook page.

We are putting together an oral and photographic history of The Band, anyone with any memories should contact Kim on 02894 432412.

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 4 November 2014 3:41 PM

Cullybackey Pipe Band presents Fred Morrison on the 7th March, 2015 in the Michelin Club Ballymena, families welcome tickets are £10:00 and includes light supper.

This promises to be a great night and a pre season get together! Tickets are now available from any band member or by contacting Cullybackey's facebook page or by email; cullybackeypb@googlemail.com

Posted in Branch News by Admin on 19 October 2014 10:24 PM

The RSPBA NI Branch School seek expressions of interest for the post of School Principal.

Candidate Essential Criteria:

  1. Have good organisational and interpersonal skills.
  2. Understand/Have experience of delivering a project to a budget.
  3. Be competent in the use of software packages Microsoft Word & Excel.
  4. Be willing to participate in, and deliver, training.
  5. Be available for a number of evening and weekend meetings.

Candidate Desirable Criteria:

  1. Have attained a high level (SCQF6/PDQB4) in current Pipe Band Discipline examinations or equivalent.
  2. Have experience of managing people.
  3. Have experience of working in an educational environment.
  4. Have a track record of experience and success in the Pipe Band world.

The post is voluntary but reasonable expenses will be paid and equipment provided.
Anyone wishing to express an interest should contact Ian Burrows in the Branch Office on:
02892670445 or ian.burrows@rspbani.org by noon on Monday 3rd November.

The Selection Panel reserve the right to shortlist based on any of the essential or desirable criteria and will contact candidates to arrange a meeting during the week beginning Monday 3rd November.

Posted in Mid-Ulster News by Ian Burrows on 17 October 2014 4:21 PM

The Annual General Meeting of the Mid-Ulster Section will be held on Tuesday, 28th October, commencing at 8.00 p.m. in the Royal Hotel, Cookstown.

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 13 October 2014 12:45 PM

Tullylagan are looking for a new Pipe Major;  a great opportunity for someone wanting to take an ambitious, hardworking band to the top. The band is continuing to practice under Pipe Sergeants Stephen Swaille and Claire Donnelly and would also welcome other players to bolster our roster.

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 11 October 2014 1:11 PM

Dr Wright Memorial Pipe Band, Newtownards are recruiting young learners for piping, drumming and tenor drumming from approximately age 10+. Experienced players also welcome. For further details contact Thomas Magill on 07707301466 or email  at thomasmagill@outlook.com