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Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 8 October 2019 11:35 AM

Please see the attached document regarding the Music Leadership Programme which is aimed at 16 to 24-year-old pipers and drummers.

Please contact if you are interested.

Posted in Co. Down News by Ian Burrows on 4 October 2019 2:26 PM

The County Down Section A.G.M. will be held in the Millbrook Lodge Hotel, Ballynahinch on the 17th of October at 07.30 p.m.

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 23 September 2019 6:05 PM

 Please see attached results from the All Ireland Solos.

Posted in School News by Ian Burrows on 23 September 2019 4:24 PM

We are taking applications for the RSPBA course for the Certificate of Pipe Band Musicianship Part 1, which is to be held in Northern Ireland.

This replaces the RSPBA Advanced Certificate. The criterion is that prospective students should already have achieved SCQF level 6.

If you are interested in applying please email or

Posted in Branch News by Danielle McCartney on 23 September 2019 1:10 PM

Congratulations to the following NI Bands on their recent upgradings:

Grade 4a - Gtrade 3b


Grade 3b - Grade 3a


Grade 3a - Grade 2

St Mary's Derrytrasna

Grade 2 - Grade 1


Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 20 September 2019 1:37 PM

Please see attached upcoming 'Music On The Hill' event that McDonald Memorial and McDonald Academy Pipe Bands are holding.

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 9 September 2019 2:14 PM

New School term commences on the 21st of September. Come along and register at a centre near you to gain recognised qualifications.

The RSPBANI Branch School offer access to the Scottish Qualification Authority (SQA) recognised qualifications in Bagpipes and Snare Drumming. The qualifications in Bass/Tenor Drumming and Drum Majoring are currently recognised by the Piping and Drumming Qualifications Board (PDQB).

The Piping and Snare Drum qualifications are available at different levels which reference directly their place in the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF). Qualifications at Level 2 – 8 are available in Bagpipes and Level 3-6 are available for Snare Drumming. Qualifications gained under SCQF can be referenced to the Qualifications most commonly studied for in Northern Ireland.

The attached table outlines the local equivalent qualifications. These qualifications are nationally recognised and can be added to the Student’s CV or Record of Achievement.

We have five Centres which are located in Banbridge, Cookstown, Enniskillen, Derry/Londonderry and Broughshane.

For further information please email,