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Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 1 March 2018 3:51 PM

A charity event ‘Kids with Cancer’ held at the Royal Hotel Cookstown on Saturday 17th February raised £9,000 for the Children’s Cancer Unit, Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast.  Organised by Upperlands (Maghera) man Gary Smyth (Leading Drummer of Quinn Memorial Pipe Band), the fundraising event was attended by over 250 pipe band enthusiast and friends.  An impressive line up of pipe bands, pipers and drummers took part including former Ahoghill man Steven McWhirter, who recently won his eighth World Solo drumming title. Steven, a former member of Cullybackey Pipe Band, is now Lead Drummer of current world champion pipe band, Inveraray and District (Scotland).

Also taking part was: Pipe Major Richard Parkes MBE and a mini band of fourteen members of eleven times world champions Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band, St Laurence O’Toole Pipe Band Drum Corps, Tullylagan Pipe Band Drum Corps and Bernagh Folk Group.  Pipers included:  Senior Ulster Solo Piping Champion (2017) Ashley McMichael, Glenn Ross and Ryan Cupples-Menendez (Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band) and Ian Burrows (Drumlough Pipe Band).  Snare drummers included:  Steven McWhirter and Chris McNicholl (Inveraray & District Pipe Band), Stephen Creighton and Michael McKenna (St Laurence O’Toole Pipe Band), Gareth McLees (Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band), William Glenholmes (Vale of Atholl Pipe Band), Daniel Lynn (Cullybackey Pipe Band), John Scullion and John Lappin.  Tenor drummers included:  Jordan Bailie (Inveraray & District Pipe Band) and event organiser Gary Smyth’s son Calum (Quinn Memorial Pipe Band) from Magherafelt.

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 Pictured at the ‘Kids with Cancer’ charity event at the Royal Hotel Cookstown on Saturday 17th February is event organiser, Upperlands (Maghera) man Gary Smyth (Lead Drummer of Quinn Memorial Pipe Band) with Killyleagh man Richard Parkes MBE, Pipe Major of eleven times world champion pipe band Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band (left) and former Ahoghill man Steven McWhirter, Lead Drummer of current world champion pipe band Inveraray and District Pipe Band who recently won his eighth World Solo drumming title (right).

Article and photo by John Kelly.

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 1 March 2018 3:45 PM

RSPBANI President’s Charity Concert - ‘A Touch of Tartan’ on the Ulster Tatler website.

Please click here to view the article. 

Photo credits, Brian Hasson.

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 1 March 2018 3:11 PM

Please see attached entry form and syllabus for the 2018 Cullybackey Solos.

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 21 February 2018 12:32 PM

The RSPBANI Branch is inviting catering tenders for Branch Competitions 2018.

Interested Caterers please complete the attached form and send to RSPBANI, Unit 34, Crescent Business Park, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT28 2GN. Closing date for applications is Monday 2nd April 2018.

Posted in Branch News by Danielle McCartney on 20 February 2018 5:11 PM

A reminder of the Branch Meeting this Saturday, 24th February, 2 pm in Trinity Halls, Lisburn
This is a special Branch Meeting to discuss the RSPBA AGM and the NI Band's proposals to rule changes

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 15 February 2018 1:18 PM

Lisnamulligan Pipe Band are holding a ‘Quiz and Stew Night’ in Lisnamulligan Orange Hall on Friday 23rd February at 7.30pm.  £5 per person - everyone welcome.

 

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 7 February 2018 12:38 PM

Entries for the Leinster Solo Piping and Drumming Championships are available online by clicking here

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 2 February 2018 5:03 PM

Burn's Night with the Ulster Orchestra & Friends

‘I Love Burns Night’

Saturday 27th January

 

After final tuition on the day by Pipe Major Andy McGregor, the Ulster-Scots Agency Juvenile Pipe Band took part in the ‘I Love Burns Night’ concert in the Waterfront Hall, Belfast on Saturday 27th January.  Nineteen young pipers and nineteen young drummers, under the direction of Alec Brown (Senior Pipe Major), Ian Burrows (Piping Tutor), Russell Tinney (Drum Tutor) and Kerry Doherty (Tenor Tutor), had the honour of performing with the Ulster Orchestra & Friends including John Logan (Conductor) and traditional music favourites Phil Cunningham (Accordion) and Aly Bain (Fiddle).  This ultimate Burns Night event, celebrating the cultural links between Scotland and Northern Ireland, was presented in association with the Ulster-Scots Agency.

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Winston Pinkerton (RSPBANI President) and Alec Brown (Senior Pipe Major Ulster-Scots Agency Juvenile Pipe Band) pictured at the ‘I Love Burns Night’ at the Waterfront Hall, Belfast on Saturday 27th January.  Photo by John Kelly.

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Ulster-Scots Agency Juvenile Pipe Band under the direction of Alec Brown, Senior Pipe Major (left at the front) and  Ian Burrows, Piping Tutor (right at the front), pictured performing with the Ulster Orchestra at the ‘I Love Burns Night’ at the Waterfront Hall, Belfast on Saturday 27th January.  Photo by John Kelly.

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Ulster-Scots Agency Juvenile Pipe Band under the direction of Russell Tinney, Drum Tutor (left at the front) and Kerry Doherty, Tenor Tutor (7th from right in the line of drummers) pictured performing at the ‘I Love Burns Night’ at the Waterfront Hall, Belfast on Saturday 27th January.  Photo by John Kelly.