Latest News

Posted in Branch News by Danielle McCartney on 13 October 2021 11:13 AM

The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association North of England Branch, North West England Section are running a "Play for Sheets" event for bands,

The objective of this Open event is to provide a Band with a challenge on their journey of preparing for the 2022 Season as they return to practices following the Covid-19 enforced lockdown.

The aim is to enable a Band to obtain feedback on their progress, in a non-competitive way, where the feedback can be used as a pointer as to influence their Winter development.

This is not a competition; performances will not be ranked, or places indicated.

The critique sheets when completed will only be made available to the Band Contact (Pipe Major or Secretary) as per the entry form.

See the attached document for more information

Posted in School News by Michelle Shilliday on 4 October 2021 2:14 PM
Name: Alicia Dickson Hamilton
Role: Drum major Instructor
Centre: Banbridge
Band: Matt Boyd Memorial Pipe Band & Corbet Accordion Band
Alicia started as a drum major for a marching band, but to further build on her skills, she joined a drum major class. After some encouragement, Alicia entered her first Pipe Band Championship when she was only 10 years old and was awarded 4th in the novice grade.
Alicia's impressive competitive career then spanned for 21 years, winning Ulster, All Ireland, Scottish, British, UK, European & World titles.
Not only has Alicia gained competitive success, but Drum Majoring has presented her with lots of other amazing opportunities. Alicia has been privledged to perform as part of the Belfast International tattoo and to teach Royal Military Drum Majors. The love of Drum Majoring has also sent Alicia as far as America & Australia.
The Pipe Band College NI are delighted to have Alicia as a tutor and she will be teaching in a COVID safe outdoor location in Kinallen.
Register for Alicia's classes here…
Posted in School News by Michelle Shilliday on 28 September 2021 12:10 PM
Pipe Band College NI are now registering pupils for one to one *ONLINE* music tuition and *OUTDOOR* drum majoring tuition. The tuition will take the format of 10 weekly lessons with one of our allocated world class tutors.
The cost per student is:
TERM 1 - £50 for 10 lessons
TERM 2 - FREE upon completion of term 1
Registration form here…
Once registered, your allocated tutor will be in contact with schedule and payment details. For further information please email or phone 028 92670445
This project and Pipe Band College NI is kindly supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association Northern Ireland Branch.
Please note all students under the age of 18 must have the registration and correspondence completed by an adult and be accompanied by a parent/ guardian in the room during the lessons. Pipe Band College NI reserve the right to cancel or withdraw the lessons in which case a refund shall be issued.
Posted in Branch News by Danielle McCartney on 27 September 2021 7:57 PM

The Arts Council for Northern Ireland have opened the Musical Instruments for Bands fund

More information is available on the ACNI website

This scheme is now open and the deadline for applications is Monday 18th October 2021 at 12pm

Posted in Branch News by Danielle McCartney on 6 September 2021 12:02 PM

A Virtual Branch Meeting will be held on Saturday, 25th September at 2pm via Zoom
Agenda, Minutes and Zoom link will be forwarded to band secretaries shortly

The Branch AGM will be held on Saturday, 27th of November 2021 at 11 am. 
Further details will be announced nearer the time

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 (6th November 2021 at 11am),
We would like to remind bands that they must have paid their RSPBA fees in order to vote at the AGM

Email contact for the Branch Secretary is

Posted in Branch News by Danielle McCartney on 24 August 2021 6:01 PM

Find find the results attached for the recent Mid Ulster Outdoor Solos

Posted in Branch News by Danielle McCartney on 23 August 2021 5:05 PM

Date: Saturday 4th September 2021
Location: McKee Clock Arena, Bangor
Time: From 12 noon

Our third Festival Event - The Ards and North Down Pipe Band Festival - arranged along with Ards and North Down Borough Council will provide another fantastic and safe opportunity for bands, Drum Majors and Dancers to perform in front of members of the public.

Each pipe band has again been asked to prepare and play tunes of their own choice to entertain the crowd, those attending the event will also see entertaining performances from our Drum Majors, the Michelle Johnston School of Highland Dance, and traditional music from Ian Burrows & Kenny Qua throughout the day. 

The Pipe Bands who are performing range from Grade 4b to Grade 1 competition grading standard,  they have all been practising hard for this event as of course has the Drum Majors and Highland Dancers.  All of the performances will commence from 12pm to 4pm with a coming together for a colourful finale at approx. 4.30pm

Both RSPBANI and Ards and North Down Borough Council have worked hard to ensure that the event is totally compliant to Covid-19 safety guidance and best practice.  To ensure social distancing can be achieved, admission to members of the public is being controlled by tickets and a maximum of 1000 tickets is being released. There is a token charge for spectator tickets of £1.00 plus booking fee.

Tickets can be booked online here
Please note that ticket sales are online only

Posted in Branch News by Danielle McCartney on 29 July 2021 12:50 PM

Mid Ulster Outdoor Solos – Saturday 21st August 2021 commencing at 1100 in Cookstown High School Grounds

As part of the Pipe Band Festival Showcase Events being organised by the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association, Northern Ireland Branch (RSPBANI), the Mid Ulster Outdoor Solos will take place on Saturday 21st August 2021. 

This event is being mainly organised by the Mid Ulster Section of RSPBANI.  The main sponsors for the Solo event are Mid Ulster District Council who have assisted greatly in providing practical assistance and guidance.

Organisers have carried out a robust detailed risk assessment and introduced a range of risk mitigations to ensure that the event is totally compliant to Covid-19 safety guidance and best practice.

The Mid Ulster Solos takes place in the very popular and accessible grounds of Cookstown High School (kindly granted by Governors and Principal of Cookstown High School).  There is free admission to the event and ample Car Parking is available within the grounds of Cookstown High School – please follow directions from the stewards on site on the day.

This is the first competitive piping and drumming event to take place in Northern Ireland since 2019 outside virtual online competitions. 

There is a very wide range of solos grades on offer in Piping, Snare Drumming, Bass Drumming, Tenor Drumming and Piobaireachd, from Novice up to A Grade.

The competition starts at 11am and the prizegiving is expected to commence at approximately 4.30pm.

 The draw can be viewed on the RSPBANI website competition area, and the running order can be viewed on the RSPBANI website news items

We look forward greatly to this event