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Posted by Ian Burrows on 21 November 2016 10:05 AM

30 years ago, the soon-to-be World Champion Pipe Band, Toronto-based, 78th Fraser Highlanders performed and recorded the now-legendary “Live in Ireland” concert. An all-star cast of guest players along with many of the original performers are once again coming together, for the final time, to celebrate the music of that extraordinary mid-August evening in Ballymena, Northern Ireland.

The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association, Northern Ireland Branch (RSPBANI) are proud to announce that the “Live ‘back’ in Ireland 87” show will be staged on Saturday, 25th February 2017 at Belfast's Waterfront Hall. Tickets will be available from Monday 21st November 2016 on the Waterfront’s website, 
http://waterfront.co.uk/what-s-on/all-events/live-back-in-ireland-87/. People wishing to buy tickets in person should do so from the Box Office which is located in the Ulster Hall, Bedford Street, Belfast.

Music from that seminal concert, and subsequent recording, will be performed and celebrated - including composer Don Thompson’s evergreen piece, “Journey to Skye”.  

The band will be led by Pipe Major Bill Livingstone and Leading Drummer J. Reid Maxwell along with a large group from the original Ballymena team including Michael Grey. Among those guests joining the cast of the show are  Glenn Brown (Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia), Stephen Creighton (St Laurence O'Toole), Ian Duncan (Vale of Atholl), Stuart Liddell (Inveraray & District), Ian K MacDonald, Sean McKeown (Toronto Police), Steven McWhirter (Inveraray & District), Duncan Nicholson (Glasgow Police), Richard Parkes, MBE (Field Marshal Montgomery), Alen Tully, Terry Tully (St Laurence O'Toole) and Ross Walker (Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia),

Pipe Major Richard Parkes MBE remarked: “I was among the lucky ones who attended the great Ballymena concert; this music in many ways stayed with me and certainly had an influence on my own pipe band thinking. I’m genuinely excited to be a part of this project.”  

RSPBANI Marketing and Communications Committee Chairman George Ussher observed: “The concert in 87 was one of the defining events in pipe band history and the reprise concert in Glasgow drew a huge crowd with many traveling over from Northern Ireland for the event. The opportunity to run this concert, in the 30th Anniversary year, ‘back in Ireland’ where it all began, with many of the original cast, was too good an opportunity to miss. This is the last chance to see this show and we hope that people will grasp this opportunity.’’

Posted by Ian Burrows on 14 November 2016 5:03 PM

Cleland Memorial Pipe Band, Bangor, Co Down; are looking for a new Pipe Major to lead the Band in their promotion to Grade 3B, they are also looking pipers and a complete drum corps.

They have had a great season in 2016, becoming UK Champions, 2nd in The Worlds and also finishing 2nd in NI Champion of Champions in grade 4A.

If you are interested in this opportunity or joining them as a Pipe Major,  piper, drummer or a learner please contact:
Marta Mitchell-Band Secretary 07742754444
Email: clelandmemorialpb@live.com or you will find them on Facebook.

Posted by Ian Burrows on 14 November 2016 4:56 PM

Winston Pinkerton President of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association Northern Ireland Branch, (RSPBANI) chose as his charity, the British Heart Foundation Northern Ireland (BHF NI) for the 2016 Pipe Band Championships season. To conclude the charity collection the RSPBANI President is holding a Touch of Tartan Variety Concert on the 25th of November, in the Dunadry Hotel, Dunadry featuring the following artists, Gary Wilson (Compere), The Pipes & Drums of the Police Service of Northern Ireland, The Paula Braiden Class of Drum Majors, Boxcar Brian, Lynda Lindsay and Country Features.

In choosing this charity for 2016 Mr Pinkerton said “quite a number of pipe band personnel, myself included, have required cardiac medical help through surgery, medication and advice for various reasons and we are most grateful for the excellent cardiac care now available. The Pipe Band fraternity in Northern Ireland tragically lost two young male members of the Pipe Band movement due to heart disease, 38 year old Andrew Duncan, (Bready Ulster-Scots Pipe Band) and more recently Derek Walker, (Manor Cunningham Pipe Band). The RSPBANI President’s Charity is one way that we can raise funds to increase awareness and treatment to fight heart disease”.

Continuous research which increases the available skilled surgery requires much needed financial input. The BHF are the nation's heart charity and the largest independent funder of cardiovascular research. Coronary heart disease is the UK's single biggest killer but BHF are leading the fight against it. Their pioneering research has helped to transform the lives of people living with heart and circulatory conditions.  BHF work has been central to the discoveries of vital treatments that are helping to change the face of the UK's fight against heart disease.

BHF NI fundraising manager Gary Wilson said:

“Every day ten people in Northern Ireland die from heart disease. This is too many families facing the sudden devastation of losing a loved one. We are delighted the President of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association Northern Ireland Branch has chosen to support us and help fund new discoveries in the fight for every heartbeat.

“Through 50 years of science we have contributed to breakthroughs including advances in pacemakers, transplant surgery and the development of cholesterol lowering statins. We never cease to be amazed by the extraordinary ways people like you fundraise for BHF NI. Every contribution, big or small, plays a crucial part in every breakthrough we make so we are incredibly grateful for your support. “

Concert tickets £10.00 Available from the Dunadry Hotel, RSPBANI Office: Tel 02892670445, email: Info@rspbani.org or pay at the door

Caption for photo:  2016-4:

RSPBANI President, Winston Pinkerton and RSPBANI Project Manager, Ian Burrows promoting the concert at the Dunadry Hotel.

Posted by Ian Burrows on 3 November 2016 1:49 PM

Private Richard Maybin was originally from Broughshane, Co Antrim and had travelled to Canada to find work; he enlisted into the Canadian Army in Manitoba. Richard was killed on the 2nd June 1916 aged 21 years, during a major German assault in The Ypres Salient, where 80% of his regiment became casualties on one day. Private Richard Maybin is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial in Belgium and at 1st Broughshane Presbyterian Church.

After his death, his personal effects and bagpipes were returned to his mother, Mrs Margaret Maybin, Lisnamurrican, Broughshane, Co Antrim, where they remained in a trunk in the attic for more than half a century before being discovered and restored by Mr Harold Bennett of Carricklongfield, Dungannon.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of his passing The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association Northern Ireland Branch, (RSPBANI) decided to participate in the Living Memory project, a project which remembers the "forgotten front" - the 300,000 war graves and commemorations in the UK.

To mark the Battle of the Somme Centenary through the Living Memory Project, the RSPBANI Branch held a Slow Air/Lament Pipe Tune Composer’s Competition in July of this year and felt it fitting that the tune should be named in memory of Private Richard Maybin.

The winning tune was composed by Iain Bell from Dumfries, Scotland and was played at 1st Broughshane Presbyterian Church on the 2nd of November by RSPBANI Branch Project Manager, Ian Burrows on the pipes that belonged to Private Richard Maybin. A framed copy of the tune was also presented to George McMullan, Clerk of Session, 1st Broughshane Presbyterian Church by RSPBANI Branch President Winston Pinkerton. Members of Broughshane and District Pipe Band also attended the commemoration and presentation.

Pictured: RSPBANI Branch President, Winston Pinkerton presents a copy of the tune to Mr George McMullan, Clerk of Session, 1st Broughshane Presbyterian Church.

Caption for photo:  2016-2:

L-R William Dickey (Broughshane & District Pipe Band), George McMullan (Clerk of Session) Winston Pinkerton (RSPBANI President), Ian Burrows (RSPBANI Project Manager), Colin Cupples, Ryan Taylor and Laura Barr ((Broughshane & District Pipe Band).

Caption for photo: 2016-3:

Private Richard Maybin remembered on the Roll of Honour in 1st Broughshane Presbyterian Church.

Posted by Danielle McCartney on 27 October 2016 8:48 PM

The Branch AGM will be held on Saturday, 26th of November, 2016 at 11 am.
The AGM will be held in Trinity Methodist Halls, Ballymacoss Ave, Lisburn, County Antrim BT28 2GX.

Nominations for election of Officers and notices of motion for the AGM must be received from band secretaries by the Branch Secretary three weeks prior to the meeting.

Email contact for the Branch Secretary is danielle.mccartney@rspbani.org

Posted by Ian Burrows on 24 October 2016 2:28 PM

It is with deep regret that we have to inform you of the passing of Mr Tommy Millar MBE, Life Ambassador of the N.I. Branch. We offer our sincere sympathies to his family circle.

Mr Millar's funeral will take place  at 2pm on Tuesday, 25th October in the High Kirk Presbyterian Church, 65-71 Thomas St, Ballymena.

Posted by Ian Burrows on 23 October 2016 9:49 PM

Congratulations from the Northern Ireland Branch to Jamie Kerr (Major Sinclair Memorial Pipe Band) who won the World Solo Drumming Juvenile Section 3 MSR title at the World Solo Drumming Championships held yesterday in Glasgow.

Congratulations also go to other Northern Ireland Branch registered drummers who received the following placing prizes:

Juvenile Section 2 March:

  • Leah Rodden - 3rd
  • Daniel Lynn - 4th

Juvenile Section 4 MSR:

  • Adam McCollum – 4th

Juvenile Section 5 MSR:

  • Richard Black - 5th

The International Solo Tenor Drumming Championships  took place yesterday alongside the World Solo Drumming Championships.

International Juvenile Tenor Drumming Section 4 - MSR:

  • Bethany Jack – 2nd
Posted by Ian Burrows on 19 October 2016 11:34 AM

A Branch meeting will take place on Saturday 29th, October in Trinity Halls, Lisburn commencing at 2 pm.