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Posted in School News by Ian Burrows on 7 January 2020 4:57 PM

The RSPBANI Branch School are changing their name to 'Pipe Band College NI'. This is to align with the new RSPBA HQ Pipe Band College whose objects and purposes are:

  • Raise standards in piping, drumming and pipe band music at all levels within the


  • Raise standards in the design, development and delivery of musical education

programmes for pipers and drummers.

  • Establish an Examinations Board on behalf of the Board of Directors which shall exist

to quality assure all educational and training activities and award RSPBA certificates to

students who have been successfully achieved in RSPBA Education and Training


  • On behalf of the Board of Directors, provide support and guidance to the RSPBA’s

representatives on the Piping and Drumming Qualifications Board (PDQB), ensure

adherence to PDQB operating procedures and organise student assessments for RSPBA

and PDQB programmes.

  • Plan, organise and manage the assessment of students and maintain accurate records

of student assessments and record student attainments

  • Raise standards in the recruitment, selection and training RSPBA/PDQB Assessors and

Instructors and maintain accurate records of RSPBA approved Instructors and Assessors

  • Design, develop and make available to RSPBA members, high-quality piping and

drumming tuition resources

  • Provide advice to the Association on educational matters
  • Engage with the Adjudicators Panel Management Board on matters of joint interest

particularly in relation to Education and Training.

Posted in Branch News by Danielle McCartney on 30 December 2019 12:37 PM

Closkelt's pre-season concert will take place on Saturday 18th April 2020 at 7pm in The Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre, Armagh

Tickets can be purchased online here

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 28 December 2019 11:06 AM

Upper Crossgare Pipe Band are holding their Christmas Quiz which takes place on Monday 30th December 2019 at 7.30 pm in Upper Crossgare Hall. Everyone welcome.

Posted in Branch News by Danielle McCartney on 18 November 2019 12:35 PM

MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2019: Closkelt Pipe Band

Congratulations to Closkelt Pipe Band who have been nominated in Pipe band of the Year sponsored by Gordon Duncan Memorial Trust in the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2019.

Vote here! Vote now!

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 24 October 2019 10:11 AM

McDonald Memorial Pipe Band are holding an open practice night on Tuesday 29th October from 7.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. in Magherally and Annaclone Church, 46 Kilmacrew Road, Banbridge, BT32 4EP. 

Everyone welcome.

Posted in Branch News by Danielle McCartney on 22 October 2019 4:33 PM

A Branch Meeting will be held on Saturday, 26th of October 2019 at 2pm

The Branch AGM will be held on Saturday, 30th of November 2019 at 11 am. 

Both meetings 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 in Mid-Ulster News by Ian Burrows on 20 October 2019 12:31 PM

                                                      ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING



Please note that the annual general meeting of the Mid-Ulster Section will be held on Wednesday, 30th October 2019, commencing at 7.00 p.m., in the Royal Hotel, Coagh Street, Cookstown, County Tyrone.

It is very important that all bands within the Mid-Ulster Section are represented at this meeting.

Thanks for your co-operation.

Dessie McLaughlin


Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 15 October 2019 9:23 AM

Please see details of 2019/2020 Piobaireachd Workshops