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Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 2 May 2018 1:57 PM

The draw for the Ards and North Down Championships can be viewed by clicking here.

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 2 May 2018 1:55 PM

Gransha Pipe Band - Country and Gospel Concert

Dromore High School

Saturday 28th April

7.30pm

Gransha Pipe Band held their annual ‘Country and Gospel Concert’ at Dromore High School on Saturday 28th April.  Local radio personality and country & gospel singer Warren Smyth hosted and compered a great evening of entertainment featuring:  Gransha Pipe Band, five times Ulster Solo Piping Champion Ashley McMichael (Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band), Country Harmony, Billy McFarland, Thomas Milligan, Kate Weir, Caitlin and County Armagh Drum Majors.  Under the direction of Pipe Major James Knox MBE, the band performed some set pieces from their forthcoming competition repertoire:  Drum Sergeant Samuel Smith and Gransha drum corps and also the tenor drummers, each gave a separate performance.  The tenor drummers who played in ultraviolet lighting had been tutored by Emma Frazer who recently won the ‘Ulster Junior Solo Tenor Drumming Champion’ title.

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Pipe Major James Knox MBE (Gransha Pipe Band) pictured at the band’s ‘Country and Gospel Concert’ at Dromore High School on Saturday 28th April.

Article and photo: John Kelly.

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 25 April 2018 1:43 PM

Ulster Solo Piping & Drumming Championships

Lisnagarvey High School, Lisburn

Saturday 21st April

Ashley McMichael wins ‘Senior Ulster Solo Piping Champion’ title for the fifth time.

The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association, Northern Ireland Branch (RSPBANI) held the Ulster Solo Piping & Drumming Championships at Lisnagarvey High School, Lisburn on Saturday 21st April.  Antrim man Ashley McMichael (Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band) won the ‘Senior Ulster Solo Piping Champion’ title for the fifth time; the runner-up was Kris Coyle (Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band) with Ben Greeves (Drumlough Pipe Band) third.  The Senior Drumming Overall was won by William Glenholmes (Vale of Atholl Pipe Band); the runner-up was Jason Hoy (Vale of Atholl Pipe Band) with Gareth McLees (Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band) third.  The special guest was Cllr Hazel Legge (Deputy Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council) who presented the awards.

Results:

Piping: Novice Practice Chanter: 1st Jake McAllister. Advanced Practice Chanter: 1st Ben Gilmore. Novice Piping: Thomas Winters.  Juvenile Piping Under 14:  1st Jonathan Gibson. Juvenile Piping Under 16: 1st Mark Warnock. Juvenile Piping 18 & Under:  1 Beth Preston. Junior Piping C Grade:  1st Ryan Cupples-Menendez. Intermediate Piping B Grade:  1st John McElmurry. Senior MSR: Ashley McMichael. Senior Hornpipe & Jig: Alistair Donaghy. Senior Piping Overall: 1st Ashley McMichael. Under 16 Piobaireachd: 1st Emma Ferguson. Under18 Piobaireachd:  1st Emma Livingstone.  B Piobaireachd: 1st Beth Preston. A Piobaireachd:  1st John McElmurry.

Drumming: Novice Drum Pad: 1st Matthew Steenson. Advanced Drum Pad: 1st Harry Gates. Unaccompanied Solo Drum: 1st Conor Gallagher. Under 14: 1st Jamie Kerr. Under 16: 1st Ashley Fyffe. Junior: 1st Steven McGall. Intermediate: 1st Dean Smyth. Senior MSR: Jason Hoy. Senior Hornpipe & Jig: 1st William Glenholmes. Senior Drumming Overall:  1st William Glenholmes.

Bass & Tenor: Open Bass: 1st Robert Coady. Under 14 Tenor: Holly Purvis. Under 16 Tenor: Aoife Bissett. Junior Tenor: Emma Frazer.  The qualifiers for the World Solo Drumming Championships from the NI Branch heat were William Glenholmes, Gareth McLees, Jason Hoy and Marcus Wenlock.

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Ashley McMichael (Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band) pictured after receiving the ‘Ulster Senior Solo Piping Champion’ trophy at the Ulster Solo Piping & Drumming Championships at Lisnagarvey High School, Lisburn on Saturday 21st April.  Ashley was also third in Piobaireachd.

Article and photo: John Kelly.

Posted in Co. Down News by Ian Burrows on 23 April 2018 2:07 PM

A meeting of the County Down Section will be held in the Millbrook Lodge Hotel, Ballynahinch on Wednesday, 2nd of May at 8.00 pm.

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 21 April 2018 9:50 PM

Please click here to view photos from today's Ulster Solo Championships.

Photos by Brian Hasson.

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 21 April 2018 12:46 AM

The launch of RSPBANI President’s Charity 2018

‘Air Ambulance Northern Ireland’

Thursday 19th April

 

Winston Pinkerton, President of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association, Northern Ireland Branch (RSPBANI) launched his new chosen charity ‘Air Ambulance Northern Ireland’ (AANI) at its operational base in Lisburn on Thursday 19th April. In choosing this local charity for the 2018 Pipe Band Championships Season, Mr Pinkerton said, “The reason I chose ‘Air Ambulance Northern Ireland’ as this year’s ‘President’s Charity’ is because I personally witnessed the importance of the presence of the air ambulance at my nephew’s very serious motorcycle accident and was very impressed; the fact that the helicopter can arrive at the scene in a very short time, accompanied by a medical team including doctor and paramedic, without doubt, will save lives.” 

 

Over £11,000 was raised from collections at Pipe Band and Drum Major Championships during the 2016 & 2017 Pipe Band Championships season.  The first Pipe Band and Drum Major Championship of the 2018 season will be held in Bangor on Saturday 12th May followed by Enniskillen (26th May), Cookstown (Saturday 2nd June), Lurgan (Saturday 9th June), Stormont (Saturday 16th June), Antrim (Saturday 23rd June), Glenarm (Saturday 14th July), Newcastle (Saturday 21st July), Moira (Saturday 4th August) and Portrush (Saturday 11th August).

 

Gary Wilson, Area Fundraising Manager with Air Ambulance NI added, “We are delighted that Winston has decided to support Air Ambulance NI charity this year and look forward to fundraising at the contests throughout the season.  To ensure the service is sustained, we need to raise £2 million each year so public support is crucial.  I appeal to local people to get involved in helping with these collections or in whatever way you can such as organising events, volunteering or joining our Club AANI.  We would love to hear from you if you can help; please contact us on 028 9262 2677.”

 

AANI, in partnership with Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS), provides a Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) and responds to severely ill or injured patients, seven days a week, for twelve hours a day.  From its base in Lisburn, it can reach any part of Northern Ireland in approximately twenty-five minutes. The service’s primary role is to deliver advanced critical care, benefitting those whose lives are at serious risk following significant injury or trauma by bringing urgent medical assistance directly to the patient at the scene.  Most of the responses to incidents are by air in the helicopter HeliMed23, but the HEMS team also has a rapid response car, Delta 7, for times when the helicopter isn’t able to fly or the incident is in close proximity.

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Winston Pinkerton.

RSPBANI President.

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Ian Burrows, RSPBANI Project Manager & Winston Pinkerton, RSPBANI President (left) and Glenn O’Rorke, AANI Operational Lead & Gary Wilson, AANI Regional Fundraising Manager (right) pictured at the launch of the RSPBANI ‘President’s Charity’ for 2018  ‘Air Ambulance Northern Ireland’ at the AANI operational base in Lisburn on Thursday 19th April.

 

Article and photos by John Kelly

 

 

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 21 April 2018 12:42 AM

Great coverage in this week’s Ulster Gazette on the Drum Major’s ‘Bring It On’ concert at the Market Place Theatre, Armagh on Saturday 7th April