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Posted in Branch News by Danielle McCartney on 7 September 2017 4:41 PM

Please see attached for the All Ireland Piping and Drumming Solos 2017 draw

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 6 September 2017 4:54 PM

NI Novice Solos Draw

Novice Practice Chanter – 6.45 pm

William McFarland

Ben McAlister                    

Sam Purvis                         

Novice Piping (to follow)     

Rebecca Hicks                   

Vincent Obrien

Grace Victoria McIvor

Novice Drum Pad – 6.45 pm                      

Nathan McAdoo

Harry Walker

Harry Gates

Matthew Steenson

Advanced Drum Pad (to follow)

Adam Gates

Unaccompanied Snare (to follow)

Jamie Coffey

Harriet Lovatt

Ben Jenkins                        

Registration will open at 6.30pm,

We ask that all competitors are present and ready to start at 6.45pm

Adult MSR World Qualifier Draw – 7.15pm

  1. Dean Smyth                        Field Marshal Montgomery
  2. Matthew Shaw                    Ravara
  3. Brian Hasson                      Colmcille
  4. Matthew Cole                      Quinn Memorial
  5. Christopher Hasson            Colmcille

Registration for World Qualifier also opens at 6.30pm,

Address for Greystone Primary School:

53 Greystone Rd, Antrim BT41 1JW

Posted in Branch News by Danielle McCartney on 30 August 2017 10:25 AM

A reminder that the closing date for entering the following solos is Saturday 2nd September at 12 Noon:

All Ireland Solos
NI Novice Solos
Adult MSR World Drumming Solo Qualifier

Please don't delay in submitting your entry online

Posted in Branch News by Danielle McCartney on 24 August 2017 8:35 PM

Entries for the NI Novice Solos and for the All Ireland Solos (Piping, Drumming and Tenor events) can be viewed online at Competitions

Instructions on how to enter Solo Competitions can be found in the attached document

Entries for the Bass Section of the All Ireland Solos and for the Adult MSR Qualifer should be emailed to the branch secretary (danielle.mccartney@rspbani.org) or submitted to the Branch Office 

Closing Date for all Solo Events - Saturday 2nd September at 12 Noon

Please contact the branch secretary if you have any issues creating an account or entering the solos

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 23 August 2017 9:25 AM

Yesterday concluded the Mid Ulster Piping and Drumming Summer School which ran for five weeks in the Burnavon Arts and Cultural Centre, Cookstown. The Mid Ulster Council Vice Chairman, the RSPBA President, Parents, and Guardians attended the finale which was marked by a certificate presentation to each student and performances by all students in various groups.

Thanks to Mid Ulster District Council for partnering RSPBANI in this project.

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 17 August 2017 4:21 PM

The following link shows the route for this year's parade after the Portrush competition, this is the same route that was taken last year. The attached picture shows the parade termination point. Bands can either turn in the direction of the East Strand Car Park or towards Bath Street. Over the past number of years, the Branch Executive have been concerned about the safety implications of terminating the parade at an open road junction. We've tried a number of stewarding options but none of these have delivered the safety improvements that we feel are necessary. This termination point allows us to disperse the parade in a safe pedestrian area with the minimal impact to the normal parade route.

We must also remind Drum Majors that, following a robust risk assessment process, high throws will not be permitted on the parade and flourishing must be restricted to close body work.


Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 16 August 2017 1:43 PM

Friday 18th August from 10 am North West Highland Dancing Competition at Kerr Street Green, Portrush.

Saturday 19th of August, North West Pipe Band and Drum Major Championships, Portrush Recreation Grounds, Ramore Head commencing at noon.

NEW for 2017 - Live Concert & Fireworks on Saturday 19th August from 8 pm at Lansdowne North, Portrush.

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 15 August 2017 11:17 AM

The RSPBANI Branch will hold a World Drumming Solo Pre-Qualifier in which two competitors will have the chance to secure a place in the Semi Final of the 2017 World Solo Drumming Championships.

The Pre-qualifier will be held in Greystone Primary School Antrim, Friday 8th September 2017 at 7 pm.

Competitors must be over 18 as of 1st November 2016, two MSR's to be submitted, minimum 4 parts each and the set to play will be chosen by the Director responsible for overseeing the qualifying heat. All competitors and accompanying pipers must wear band uniform.

Closing date for entries Saturday 2nd September at noon, entry fee is £10.00 and must be paid before the entry closing date.

Please send names along with both MSR's to the Branch Secretary, danielle.mccartney@rspbani.org or to info@rspbani.org and post entry fees to Unit 34 Crescent Business, Park, Ballinderry Road, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT28 2GN.

 Please see attached syllabus and entry form.