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Posted by Ian Burrows 12 hour(s) ago

Local piper and drummer, William Wallace and Barney Megoran will be offering piping and drumming workshops every Wednesday during July and August at the Arnold Hall, near Spa Presbyterian Church [BT24 8YY] outside Ballynahinch.

These workshops are open for all although starting from children who are starting P5 in September. There is no charge for the summer school but beginners will be required to purchase their own chanter or drum pad and sticks. William or Barney can arrange to get these.

Come along on Wednesday 5th July for enrolment and registration and a workshop any time from 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.

After the initial registration, more details of the lessons will be given as students will be required to come at different times depending on their level.

(Kindly sponsored by The Ulster-Scots Agency)

Posted by Ian Burrows 16 hour(s) ago

All Ireland Band, Grade 4A and 4B (5) Dual Registered Drummers:


Please note that when there is a clash of local rule between the RSPBA and the IPBA , the RSPBA rule is the rule that is followed as the All Ireland Pipe Band Championships is deemed to be equivalent to a Scottish Major. Under RSPBA rules for Majors, dual registered drumming instructors are not allowed to compete with Grade 4A and Grade 4B bands, therefore, such instructors will not be allowed to compete with 4A and 4B bands in the All Ireland Pipe Band Championships.

Posted by Ian Burrows on 26 June 2017 1:00 PM

Drum Major dress time for the All Ireland championships is 11.30 am

Posted by Ian Burrows on 22 June 2017 11:22 AM

The Draw for the All Ireland Championships is now online and can be viewed by clicking here.

Please note the draw for Grade 4B Heats is attached below.

Posted by Ian Burrows on 19 June 2017 6:19 PM

Motor Home Parking- All Ireland Pipe Band Championships.

Overnight parking for Motor Homes is available in Lurgan Park on Friday 30th June, for the All Ireland Pipe Band Championships, the cost is £20.00. To receive a pass please make payment out to RSPBANI Branch and send in a stamped addressed envelope to Unit 34 Crescent Business Park, Ballinderry Road, Lisburn, BT28 2GN. Please include your vehicle registration.

Posted by Ian Burrows on 12 June 2017 5:56 PM

The Drum Major dress time for the Craigavon & District Championships is 11.00 am

Posted by Ian Burrows on 8 June 2017 12:11 PM

Belfast City Events Office has advised us of roadworks on the Upper Newtownards Road this weekend.

The roadworks may have a knock on effect for folk attending the UK Pipe Band Championships if they are running on a tight schedule.

More information available at http://trafficwatchni.com/home

Posted by Ian Burrows on 8 June 2017 11:57 AM

A reminder that the closing time and date for entries for the All Ireland Championships is 12:00 pm, Monday 12th June 2017.