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Posted by Ian Burrows on 23 August 2016 3:07 PM

Yesterday concluded the Mid Ulster Piping and Drumming Summer School which ran one day a week for six weeks in the Burnavon Arts and Cultural Centre, Cookstown. The Mid Ulster Council Chairman, the RSPBA President, Parents and Guardians, attended the finale which was marked by a certificate presentation to each student and performances by all students in various groups.

Click here to view photos from the finale

Thanks to Mid Ulster District Council for partnering RSPBANI in this project.

Posted by Admin on 19 August 2016 1:35 PM

The online system for Solo Competition entries is now open. Please find the All-Ireland Syllabus attached along with instructions on how to process your entry. If you have any difficulties processing your entry please contact the Branch Office. The closing date is 10th September.

The Novice Piping and Drumming Competitions (Practice Chanter, Pipe Chanter, Drum Pad and Unaccompanied Snare) will not form part of the All-Ireland Championships this year. The NI Branch will be running the 'NI Novice Solo Piping and Drumming Championships' in the same venue and on the same day as the All-Ireland Solos to accommodate these competitions. We're just finalising the details of this event and entries will open early next week.

Posted by Ian Burrows on 18 August 2016 1:38 PM

Drum Major dress time for the North West Championships is 11.00 am.

Posted by Admin on 16 August 2016 10:25 AM

The following link shows the route for this year's parade after the Portrush competition. Rather than terminate the parade at the Eglington Street/Mark Street Junction (in front of Barry's) the parade will turn left on Causeway Street at the  55 Degrees North Restaurant and descend the path to terminate at the old Arcadia. The attached picture shows a close up of the parade termination point. Bands can either turn in the direction of the East Strand Car Park or towards Bath Street. Over the past number of years the Branch Executive have been concerned about the safety implications of terminating the parade at an open road junction. We've tried a number of stewarding options but none of these have delivered the safety improvements that we feel are necessary. This small change allows us to disperse the parade in a safe pedestrian area with the minimal impact to the normal parade route.

We must also remind Drum Majors that, following a robust risk assessment process, high throws will not be permitted on the parade and flourishing must be restricted to close body work.


Posted by Admin on 15 August 2016 2:54 PM

Entries for this year's All-Ireland solos will be completed on the NI Branch website. We're just doing the final checks at the moment and the system will be live later this week. In the mean time, can we ask all soloists to make sure that they have an account on the NI Branch Website. If you have already registered in the past (maybe as part of the Branch School sign up) then you are all set. If you haven't registered before then please take a few minutes to sign up now, there's a 'Register' link in the top bar of the website. If you are unsure please contact the office and we can check for you (Contact details are at the bottom of every website page). If you can't remember your password the login page has a 'Forgotten Password' link. If you have any other difficulty please contact the office rather than registering a duplicate account.

More details will follow in the next few days.

Posted by Admin on 14 August 2016 3:12 PM

After the incessant rain during the Friday Grade 1 qualifiers, thankfully the weather held up well for the big day itself. In what must be one of the longest days ever at the World Pipe Band Championships the wait proved worthwhile for the prize winners.

Congratulations to Field Marshal Montgomery on securing their 11th World title. This is a phenomenal achievement given the ever increasing standard of all the top level bands. Congratulations also to Paula Braiden on adding to her World Championship medal collection in the Adult Drum Majors grade. Congratulations also to Jamie Cupples on winning the Junior Drum Major grade. Congratulations to all who took part, made finals or won prizes. You did the Northern Ireland Branch proud with your efforts.

Grade 1
1st: Field Marshal Montgomery

Grade 2
2nd: Pipes and Drums of the Police Service of Northern Ireland
Drums: Pipes and Drums of the Police Service of Northern Ireland
The PSNI were just pipped on Ensemble preference for the top band prize but won the Grade 2 World Champion Drum Corp title. Well done to Closkelt who made the final.

Grade 3A
2nd Aughintober
Well done to Colmcille on making it through to the Grade 3A final.

Grade 3B
Well done to Finvoy and Matt Boyd Memorial on making it through to the final.

Grade 4A
2nd Cleland Memorial
3rd Portavogie
5th Tullylagan
6th Cullybackey
Drums: Portavogie
Excellent results for the NI Branch bands with Cleland only a point off the winners. Congratulations to G4A World Champion Drum Corps Portavogie. Well done also to Battlehill and Augharan on qualifying for the final.

Grade 4B
3rd St. Mary's Derrytrasna
6th Gilnahirk
Well done to Bessbrook Crimson Arrow, Sgt. Walker Memorial, Ballyboley, Gransha & Kildoag on qualifying for the final.

Drum Majors
1st Paula Braiden
3rd Alicia Dickson Hamilton
4th Lauren Hanna

Well done to Vikki Singer and Jason Price on qualifying for the Adult Drum Major final.

2nd James Kennedy
3rd Zoe McDowell
4th Emma Barr
5th Lauren Abraham

1st Jamie Cupples
2nd Kathryn McKeown
3rd Lucas Adamson
4th Kara Gilmour
5th Katie Bicker

Posted by Ian Burrows on 11 August 2016 11:57 AM

The draw for the North West Championships is online and can be viewed by clicking here

Posted by Ian Burrows on 9 August 2016 7:30 PM

Once again its  time  for many of our Bands, Drum Majors and supporters to make the annual pilgrimage to Scotland for the World Championships.

All at  RSPBANI want to wish every success to all of our Branch competitors and trust that all bands, Drum Majors and their many supporters have a really enjoyable weekend no matter what result occurs.  We are very proud of all of our piping community, you represent all that is best in Northern Ireland.

We look forward to seeing you all, either in Glasgow, or at our final contest of the year at Portrush.

Ray Hall