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Posted by Ian Burrows on 24 January 2017 4:54 PM

The Cullybackey Solo Piping and Drumming Competition will be held on Saturday, 8th April 2017. Further details to follow soon.

Posted by Ian Burrows on 24 January 2017 2:25 PM

A reminder of the Branch meeting this Saturday, 28th January, 2 pm in Trinity Hall, Lisburn.

Posted 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 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 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 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 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 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