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Posted in Branch News by Brian Reynolds 21 hour(s) ago

Missed it?  You can now hear ALL Senior Piping performances from the Ulster Solos 2015 at:  https://soundcloud.com/rspbani/sets/ulster-solo-piping-drumming-championships-2015

Posted in Branch News by Brian Reynolds 22 hour(s) ago

Recap of this year’s Ulster Solos on Q Radio’s “On the QT” programme. 

With a particular emphasis on local tutoring and the successes of solo participants from the greater Ballymena area, Brian Reynolds attempts to educate Q107’s Denis McNeill, on flam paradiddles and things of similar elk.

Listen at:  https://soundcloud.com/q-radio-network-podcast/ulster-solo-piping-drumming-brian-reynolds

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 24 April 2015 3:28 PM

A huge well done from RSPBANI Branch to the pipers and drummers who raised £1100.00 for Wateraid.

Please see attached article from the Impartial Reporter newspaper.

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 23 April 2015 11:00 AM

Please be advised that there will be a final oppotunity to return trophies on Saturday, 9th May, noon to 3 pm at Trinity Hall, Lisburn.

Posted in Music Board News by Ian Burrows on 20 April 2015 5:19 PM

The Music Board met on Saturday 11th April and approved the following grading changes for the 2015 season. These changes are subject to approval from the Board of Directors.

Augharonan Pipe Band - requesting down grading from 3B to 4B awaiting updated registrations. Granted 4B

St Mary’s Derrytrasna - Granted Grade 4B

1st Scots - New Band requesting Grade 4B - Granted 4B after assessment was carried out

Finvoy Pipe Band - Upgraded to Grade 3B as a result of higher to lower transfers


Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 19 April 2015 6:09 PM

Pipe Major Ian Burrows (RSPBANI Project Manager) played a lament in memory of 500 pipers who lost their lives in World War 1, prior to the prize giving at the Ulster Festival of Solo Piping and Drumming Championships at Monkstown Community School, Newtownabbey on Saturday 18th April. 

The bagpipes Ian played are 19th Century Peter Henderson bagpipes manufactured in Renfrew Street, Glasgow.  During the 1st World War, they were played by Private Richard Maybin, 1st Canadian Mounted Rifles (Saskatchewan Regiment).  Richard was killed on the 2nd June 1916 aged 21 years, during a major German assault in The Ypres Salient, where 80% of his regiment became casualties on one day.  Richard had travelled to Canada to find work and enlisted into the Canadian Army in Manitoba.  His personal effects and bagpipes were returned to his mother, Mrs Margaret Maybin, Lisnamurrican, Broughshane, Co Antrim, where they remained in a trunk in the attic for more than half a century before being discovered and restored by Mr Harold Bennett of Carricklongfield, Dungannon. Richard Maybin is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial in Belgium and at 1st Broughshane Presbyterian Church.


Posted in Branch News by Mervyn Herron on 18 April 2015 7:50 PM

The ulster Solos were held today in Monkstown School a full list of results is attached

Mervyn  Herron

Posted in Branch News by Mervyn Herron on 15 April 2015 4:17 PM

To assist with movements around the school i have attached a classroom allocation map please take a look at it if you desire.

I have also asked the school to open the hard core area at the rear of the school for parking please observe proper driving procedures

Mervyn Herron