Northern Ireland Branch School News
It's that time again and why not make good on that New Year's resolution and enrol at your local centre to study for the recognised PDQB qualifications. There is tuition in piping, snare drumming, bass & tenor drumming and drum majoring at our 5 main centres:
Co. Antrim - Ballymena Primary School, Ballymoney Road, Ballymena
Mid-Ulster - Cookstown Primary School, Coolnafranky, Cookstown
Co. Fermanagh - Enniskillen Integrated, Enniskillen
Co. Down - Edenderry Primary School, Lurgan Road, Banbridge
North-West - Lisneal College, 70 Crescent Link, Londonderry
The School are also running a Solo Piping Centre Pilot Scheme this term under the stewardship of PM Ian Jess. This is taking place in the Edengrove Centre in Ballynahinch. Spaces on this course are limited and have proved very popular with all but 2 already filled. Anyone wishing to attend the Solo Piping Centre should contact Ian Jess via the Branch Office on 028 9267 0445 for more details.
RSPBANI Branch School is delighted to announce record enrolment numbers of 241 for 2012/13.
This follows on from 2011/12 with the following having been achieved.
Regional Centres - Ballymena, Banbridge, Cookstown, Enniskillen and Londonderry were the five centres which operated each Saturday from October up to the end of March 2011
Piping, Drumming, Qualifications Board Certificates;
182 students in total took up the courses on offer
Piping – 85% ‘A’ Grade success, 97% Pass.
Drumming - 65% ‘A’ Grade success, 94% Pass
Piping – 100% Pass
Drum Majors – 89% Pass: Enniskillen Centre
The Foundation Syllabus was developed for the benefit and encouragement of beginners. Instructors deemed it necessary to provide the young students with a
stepping- stone toward PDQB Level 1
Three workshops were held for the Grade 4 Bands in Garvagh, Fivemiletown and Gilnahirk respectively.
The theme for each was “Setting the Foundation for Tonal Balance,” which attracted representatives from over thirty bands; some attending more than once.
6 Piobaireachd seminars were held between October and March with 14 pipers enrolled. The impact of these sessions were easily measured with 13 out of the 14 competing in the Ulster Solo Piping Championships.
Due to the provision of quality instruction, served up by PM Chris Armstrong plus back – up from the School Centre instructors , the application of dedicated students and appropriate planning we can confidently expect the mini – revolution in this discipline to gain momentum in the future.
Ulster Scots Agency & RSPBA NI Branch Collaboration
Three significant developments:
1)Stormont Launch of the foundation Certificate
2)The first Residential Summer Adventure Programme was held in August at the NEELB’s Bushmills Education Outdoor Centre. A sincere thanks is due to PM Andy McGregor, and his team, who ensured this was an outstanding success. 2013’s is in the pipeline.
3)The success of the Ulster-Scots Agency Day School programme in raising the profile of piping, drumming and related activities within the formal education structure.
Extended Closing Date: 6th August at 12 noon. Due to several requests the age limit has now been removed so the course is available to all young people.
The Piping and Drumming Adventure Week in Bushmills from Monday 13th - Friday 17th August is the place to be. There will be a little piping and drumming every day but then it will be off canoeing, surfing, sailing or one of the many adventure activities offered at the Bushmills Education Centre.
This is a full week residential with some top tutors and outdoor activities and all for £30 per day (£150/week). Spaces are limited so please see the attached file with the details on how you can reserve yours before the 6th August.
The Adventure Week is a joint promotion between the Ulster-Scots Agency and the Northern Ireland Branch.
The turkey and tree are distant memories so why not keep that New Year's resolution to improve your knowledge of the bagpipe/drum/drum majoring and come along to the new school term.
Classes in theory and practice will run each Saturday, 9.30am to 12.30pm, from 14th January to 24th March, 2012. Five centres are available:-
Centres - Venue
Ballymena - Ballymena P S
Banbridge - Edenderry P S
Cookstown - Cookstown P S
Enniskillen - Enniskillen Integrated
Londonderry - Lisneil College