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The online system for entering for each contest Is now OPEN. Please log  on and follow the instructions to enter each event for band and Drum Majors.

It has been a long wait but we are nearly there Lisburn is just a few weeks away. Any of you who have changed address in the last year let me know. On behalf of the Committee our thanks to Darren and the online team for getting us up and running for 2014.

Mervyn Herron

Contest Committee Chairman

Latest News

Posted in School News by Darren Frew 13 hour(s) ago

The Branch School still have several project running for the 2013-14 year however, with our big exam day completed a few weeks ago our attention now turns to 2014-15. The Education Committee will be meeting on Wednesday 23rd April to consider the programme for next winter. We would like to hear from individuals (pipers, drummers and drum majors) and bands about their educational needs.

While the Saturday Centres and other initiatives are working well for many we understand that for others it may not possible to attend classes due to other commitments. There are other possibilities but we need to know where the need is so that we can target the resources that we have available.

We are also keen to hear from bands that already have (or would like to have) an association with a local school or group. We may be able to offer some advice and support.

Resources are limited but if there is a specific need we will do our best to provide what assistance we can. Please contact us either via Ian Burrows in the office on 028 9267 0445 or via email admin@rspbani.org

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 15 April 2014 4:04 PM

Please click here to see the Newsletter report on the Ulster Solos 2014.

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 15 April 2014 3:24 PM

Adult World Solo Drumming Champion Steven McWhirter will be holding a drumming masterclass workshop as part of the Gatherin' of the Isles Festival at the Braid Arts Centre Ballymena on Saturday 26th April at 12:00 PM. Tickets can be obtained by clicking here.

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 14 April 2014 3:59 PM

Please see attached flyer. A £10:00 ticket now covers entry to the Fred Morrison and Donnie Munro concerts.

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 14 April 2014 3:42 PM

The 2014 Malahide Pipe Band and Drum Major contest takes place on Saturday, 3rd of May at 12.30.

Venue:   Malahide Cricket Club: Adjacent to the original contest venue: This a 4 minute walk from Malahide Train Station, very close to Malahide Town centre and also Malahide Castle Demesne.

Entry forms are available on the IPBA website. Closing date is Wednesday 23rd of April, entry forms may be returned by email with entry fee payment on the day. 

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 14 April 2014 3:37 PM

Killeen Pipe Band drum corps are holding a 5 hour drumming marathon in Killeen Orange Hall, Armagh on Saturday 3rd May 2014  from 5 pm until 10 pm. The evening will finish with country singer Sharon Herron on stage until midnight.

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 14 April 2014 12:29 PM


The Arts Council Musical Instruments for Bands scheme has just opened and will close on Thursday 1st May at 4.00pm

The Ulster - Scots Community Network will be hosting two roadshows for bands who wish to apply for this years Arts Council NI funding for musical instruments.
The events, held in conjunction with the Confederation of Ulster Bands, Ulster Bands Forum and RSPBA(NI) are being held on  

Wednesday 16th April in Lisburn at the Island Centre, Chestnut Suite at 7.30pm

Thursday 17th April in Cookstown at the Royal Hotel, at 7.30pm

If you are unsure about any aspect of the application, then please come along to one of the roadshows and  Ulster-Scots Community Network staff will be happy to deal with any queries.

To book a place at one of the roadshows, please contact the Ulster - Scots Community Network on 028 904 36710

Posted in Branch News by Mervyn Herron on 12 April 2014 7:28 PM

The Ulster solo Piping and Drumming was held in Monkstown School today. It was a very good day and all attending enjoyed the day very much. The Deputy Mayor of Newtownabbey Borough Council handed over the awards at the end of the events.

Results are attached showing the winners in each grade.

Mervyn Herron