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Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 26 August 2014 10:40 PM

Please see attached regarding Belfast Tattoo performers and their recent successes.

Posted in Branch News by Mervyn Herron on 25 August 2014 2:47 PM

A reminder to all soloists that the above championships will be held on the 20th September in Monkstown Community School. Submit your entry with fees by the 30th August forms are available to download on this site.

Mervyn Herron

Contest Administrator

Posted in Co. Antrim News by Ian Burrows on 24 August 2014 9:37 PM

A reminder that the closing date for the County Antrim Section competition at Glenarm Castle on Saturday 6th of September closes on Tuesday 26th August at 2 pm. 

The support of bands would be greatly appreciated by the County Antrim Section for their rearranged competiton at this beautiful venue.

Posted in Branch News by Mervyn Herron on 23 August 2014 9:35 PM

The curtain came down in style on the Branch champion of champions season of contests at Ramore Head Portrush with the annual invasion of the pipe band world to the north coast town. From early morning the bands and drum majors arrived to an arena set up for what was a very successful end to the season. Many thousands of spectators and visitors enjoyed both the competition side of the event but also the magnificent street parade which has become very popular.

The Chieftan was the Mayor of Coleraine Councillor George Duddy who praised the efforts of all concerned in what was one of the highlights of the holiday season. Mr Fred Walker suitably replied and presented gifts to our world champion band and Drum Majors.

The end of another season well not quite we are returning to Co Antrim Section for a re run of their cancelled event this will be held at Glenarm Castle on the 6th September.

Two new trophies were presented by Shiela Butcher in memory of Jeff Butcher and by Philip Tasker in memory of Mr McDowell. Both were gratefully recieved. 

Results are attached

Mervyn Herron

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 18 August 2014 11:17 PM

Parking and Parade information for the North West Championships, 23rd August 2014.

General Parking

Please be advised that due to recent realignment work by DSD Roads Service there are now less car parking spaces available at Landsdowne Road car park.

Disabled Parking

We have been working with Coleraine Borough Council and DSD Roads Service in order to secure as many disabled parking places as possible. There are adequate disabled spaces in Portrush but they are severely limited close to the contest arena, so it's advisable to get there early in order to try and secure a disabled parking space.

Motorhome Parking

We have been advised by DSD Roads Service that there is no motorhome parking overnight at Landsdowne Road car park. Overnight parking is no longer permitted and this may be enforced by way of fines or clamping, so please seek alternative overnight parking.

Street Parade

The street parade after the competition is a spectacle for both the public and bands. In order to ensure enjoyment for all, we would ask please that bands go right to the traffic lights at the end of Eglington Street and disperse quickly in order to keep the parade moving along the route. This worked really well in 2013 as we had a large number of really positive comments that the large public assembled had managed to see all of the bands on parade

Thank you for your assistance in these matters, we wish all bands and spectators an enjoyable day on the North Coast.

Posted in Branch News by Mervyn Herron on 18 August 2014 5:24 PM

The North West Championships will be held this coming  Saturday 23rd August at the usual venue of Ramore Head Tennis Arenas. Any rumors of a change of venue are  false.

This event will start at 1130 am 

Drum Majors should report at 10 45 am for dress judging

Mervyn Herron

Contest Administrator

Posted in Branch News by Admin on 17 August 2014 3:24 PM

A few showers didn't dampen the spirits of the NI Branch bands at the 2014 World's. All the headlines will feature the 4-in-a-row, 10-time Grade 1 World Champions Field Marshal Montgomery. A superb achievement and testament to the commitment, ability and hunger that the band, and especially PM Richard Parkes, posess to maintain the standard for such a long period of time. While FM were the only band from the Branch to take first prize we also have two World Champion Drum Majors in Juvenile World Champion Lauren Abraham (Raffrey) and Junior World Champion Zoe McDowell (Aughintober).

The Branch also supplied more than its fair share of finalists and Prize Winners in both Bands and Drum Major competitions.

Grade 1: World Champions Field Marshal Montgomery with Cullybackey also making it through to a very competitive final. Our IPBA friends St. Laurence O'Toole had another impressive result taking 3rd place in PM Allen Tully's first year in charge.

Grade 2: Bleary & District ran a very close second to Bagad Brieg from France with Aughintober and PSNI also making the final.

Grade 3A: Ballybriest took 5th and Annsborough 6th while Tullylagan also made the grade final.

Grade 3B: Upper Crossgare collected a commendable 3rd with Matt Boyd Memorial pipped into 4th place with Colmcille also making the final. Frequent I.P.B.A. visitors Thiepval Memorial took the World Title in 3B with Achill also making the final.

Grade 4A: Closkelt managed 4th place with Marlacoo and District 6th. McNeillstown and Battlehill also made the final. IPBA Tralee Pipes and Drums were placed 3rd with St. Patrick's Bandon also making the final.

Grade 4B: Whitewater took the highest place for the Branch with 4th ahead of Ballyboley in 5th. The McDonald Memorial also made it through to the final along with IPBA colleagues Gorey and Clontibret.

Drum Majors
Adult: NI Branch accounted for 5 of the 6 finalists with Samantha Gordon (FMM) taking the runner-up spot on M&D preference ahead of Brian Wilson (Lomond & Clyde) in 3rd. The rest of the prizes taken by Paula Braiden (Cullybackey) 4th, Alicia Dickson-Hamilton (Matt Boyd Memorial) 5th, Lauren Hanna (Drumlough) 6th.

Juvenile: Again another 5 from 6 of the prize winners were from the NI Branch with Lauren Abraham (Raffrey) the 2014 World Juvenile DM Champion. Emma Barr (PSNI) finished a close 2nd with James Kenney (Whitewater) 4th, Caitlin D Graham (Upper Crossgare) 5th and Joanne Graham (William Kerr Memorial) 6th making up the remainder of the prize list.

Junior: The top 5 prizes in the Junior grade went to NI Branch Drum Majors with Zoe McDowell (Aughintober) the 2014 World Junior DM Champion. Rachel Lowry (Armaghbreague) 2nd and Jamie Cupples (Killeen) 3rd were close behind. Lana Gibson (Major Sinclair Memorial) 4th, Darcey McIlroy (Raffrey) 5th and IPBA Kathy Hunter (Manorcunningham) 6th completed the prize list.

Posted in Branch News by Admin on 17 August 2014 2:53 PM

Cartoon courtesy of the Belfast Telegraph.

A few links on the World Championships Results:

BBC Scotland
News Letter
Belfast Telegraph
Belfast Telegraph Video