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Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 19 January 2017 6:47 PM

A Tenor Drum Workshop will be held in the Royal Hotel, Cookstown on Saturday, 4th February from 2 pm to 6 pm and will concentrate on the following items:

  • Tuning your drum for indoor solo competition.
  • Construction of your drum scores for solo competition.
  • Incorporating flourish with the beating already in your score.
  • Working with the snare drummer to maximize the use of light and shade in the playing and any other aspects anyone wants to discuss.

Tenor Drummers are asked to please bring their drum and if possible the snare drummer who usually plays for them.

The cost will be £2.00 which includes tea or coffee.

To register an interest in this workshop please contact Gary Smyth, garysmyth@btopenworld.com or Danielle Hamilton, danibear2008@hotmail.co.uk.

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 11 January 2017 6:42 PM

Mountjoy Pipe Band are holding a concert on Saturday, 18th March 2017 at 8pm, in the Silver Birch Hotel, Omagh. Headlining the concert are the Pipes & Drums of the Police Service of Northern Ireland, other performances include a Drum Major's display, singers and dancers.

Tickets cost only £10.00 each and are available now. To purchase tickets please telephone David on 07590279588 or Gordon on 07551969101 or speak to any member of Mountjoy Pipe Band.

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 12 December 2016 9:04 PM

St Patricks Pipe Band, Annsborough who are returning to the competition arena in the 2017 season are holding a fund raising Table Quiz in the Canal Court Hotel in Newry on Thursday, 22nd December 2016 commencing at 8.30pm.

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 5 December 2016 7:20 PM

Spasskaya Tower Tattoo International Military Music Festival

The Celtic Massed Pipes and Drums will once again be playing at the Spasskaya Tower Tattoo International Military Music Festival on Red Square, Moscow from the 23rd August to the 4th September 2017. The Celtic Massed Pipes and Drums will be made up with Pipers and Drummers from, Germany, Holland, the UK and Southern Ireland.

This is the 10th year of the Tattoo and Director of Music for the Tattoo, Pipe Major David Johnston is seeking to recruit a band of 120 performers and has asked RSPBANI Branch to be an official partner in the project. This is a fantastic opportunity for Branch members to visit Moscow and participate in one of the World’s premier Tattoos. Flights, hotel accommodation and meals are all provided.

Please see website, http://www.kremlin-military-tattoo.ru/en/about/ and video of last year’s Tattoo https://www.facebook.com/271125436421484/videos/575406649326693/ If you are interested in being part of this great event, please email info@rspbani.org.

Caption for photo 2016-12: The performers official photograph in the Presidential Palace of the Kremlin.

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 30 November 2016 11:57 AM

A random bit of history, 29 year old original concert promo poster. Note that the £8 ticket price is worth about £28.50 in today's money!

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 21 November 2016 4:14 PM

Lisnamulligan Pipe Band are currently recruiting snare drummers. For further info please contact Geoffrey Bready, 07738823800

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 21 November 2016 10:05 AM

30 years ago, the soon-to-be World Champion Pipe Band, Toronto-based, 78th Fraser Highlanders performed and recorded the now-legendary “Live in Ireland” concert. An all-star cast of guest players along with many of the original performers are once again coming together, for the final time, to celebrate the music of that extraordinary mid-August evening in Ballymena, Northern Ireland.

The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association, Northern Ireland Branch (RSPBANI) are proud to announce that the “Live ‘back’ in Ireland 87” show will be staged on Saturday, 25th February 2017 at Belfast's Waterfront Hall. Tickets will be available from Monday 21st November 2016 on the Waterfront’s website, 
http://waterfront.co.uk/what-s-on/all-events/live-back-in-ireland-87/. People wishing to buy tickets in person should do so from the Box Office which is located in the Ulster Hall, Bedford Street, Belfast.

Music from that seminal concert, and subsequent recording, will be performed and celebrated - including composer Don Thompson’s evergreen piece, “Journey to Skye”.  

The band will be led by Pipe Major Bill Livingstone and Leading Drummer J. Reid Maxwell along with a large group from the original Ballymena team including Michael Grey. Among those guests joining the cast of the show are  Glenn Brown (Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia), Stephen Creighton (St Laurence O'Toole), Ian Duncan (Vale of Atholl), Stuart Liddell (Inveraray & District), Ian K MacDonald, Sean McKeown (Toronto Police), Steven McWhirter (Inveraray & District), Duncan Nicholson (Glasgow Police), Richard Parkes, MBE (Field Marshal Montgomery), Alen Tully, Terry Tully (St Laurence O'Toole) and Ross Walker (Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia),

Pipe Major Richard Parkes MBE remarked: “I was among the lucky ones who attended the great Ballymena concert; this music in many ways stayed with me and certainly had an influence on my own pipe band thinking. I’m genuinely excited to be a part of this project.”  

RSPBANI Marketing and Communications Committee Chairman George Ussher observed: “The concert in 87 was one of the defining events in pipe band history and the reprise concert in Glasgow drew a huge crowd with many traveling over from Northern Ireland for the event. The opportunity to run this concert, in the 30th Anniversary year, ‘back in Ireland’ where it all began, with many of the original cast, was too good an opportunity to miss. This is the last chance to see this show and we hope that people will grasp this opportunity.’’

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 14 November 2016 5:03 PM

Cleland Memorial Pipe Band, Bangor, Co Down; are looking for a new Pipe Major to lead the Band in their promotion to Grade 3B, they are also looking pipers and a complete drum corps.

They have had a great season in 2016, becoming UK Champions, 2nd in The Worlds and also finishing 2nd in NI Champion of Champions in grade 4A.

If you are interested in this opportunity or joining them as a Pipe Major,  piper, drummer or a learner please contact:
Marta Mitchell-Band Secretary 07742754444
Email: clelandmemorialpb@live.com or you will find them on Facebook.