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Posted in Branch News by Danielle McCartney 20 hour(s) ago

The RSPBANI Executive Committee have received notice of the impending retirement of Ian Burrows, our Project Officer. 

The Executive Committee, on behalf of the RSPBA Northern Ireland Branch, wish to sincerely thank Ian for his service and commitment since commencing the role in 2012. Over that time Ian developed an outstanding relationship with the member bands and the many stakeholders involved with the Northern Ireland Branch.

Ian feels that now is the right time for him to retire and the Branch wishes him well.  Ian has agreed to remain in position until such times as arrangements are put in place to succeed him.

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 25 August 2020 7:26 PM

Bands and Drum Majors please return trophies from last season to the RSPBANI Branch Office, Unit 34 Crescent Business Park, Ballinderry Road, Lisburn, BT28 2GN on Saturday 5th September from noon to 3 pm. Local trophies only please, no Major Championship trophies will be accepted.

Alternatively, trophies can be returned directly to the Trophy Officer, please email ian.burrows@rspbani.org who will arrange a date and time with the Trophy Officer.

Thank you. 

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 10 August 2020 11:57 AM

Blu Zebra in partnership with Ceoltóirí Éireann Regional Dún Uladh Centre, the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association NI Branch (RSPBANI) and Ciaran Elizabeth Doran, Museum Curator are delivering a unique project celebrating Musical Traditions in the Ards and North Down area. This is a PEACE IV EU funded Programme, managed by SEUPB in conjunction with Ards and North Down Peace IV Partnership, and in conjunction with the match-funders for the Council’s action plan, The Executive Office, Northern Ireland and the Department for Rural and Community Development, Ireland.  The project brings together an eclectic mix of bands, musicians, singers, and dancers from a rich heritage including Ulster-Scots – pipes and highland dancers, Traditional Irish Musicians and Irish dancers, a concert flute band alongside contemporary musicians.  

Thanks to Cleland Memorial Pipe Band for participating in the project.

See the video on YouTube: https://youtu.be/ktoBBcD_-Es 

Please see the attached full press release.

Posted in Branch News by Danielle McCartney on 10 August 2020 9:32 AM

The JAC Committee have taken the decision to cancel this year's All Ireland Solo event,

This decision was based upon many factors including the availability of a suitable venue, travel restrictions for adjudicators and competitors and current social distancing guidelines

Posted in Branch News by Danielle McCartney on 22 June 2020 9:30 AM

We would encourage all NI bands to log on to the portal that has been set up to allow you to vote at the upcoming RSPBA HQ AGM,

 Your votes are submitted on and counted by the online form,
On the day of the AGM, the chair of the AGM will relay all votes cast to the meeting,
This will ensure that your band's vote is counted at the AGM, 

The portal also has a section for submitting questions, 

Voting will close at 10am on Thursday 25 June 2020, 

You should have received your logon details from RSPBA HQ,
If you have not yet received them, please ensure that you have checked your junk email

Posted in School News by Danielle McCartney on 14 April 2020 12:14 PM

Pipe Band College

Coming Home / In This Together

Composition Competition: - 6/8 March of 4 parts

We are all disappointed that the 2020 Competition Season has ended before it began due to the Coronavirus pandemic (Covid-19), and our need to follow the government health advice.

The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association celebrates its 90th Anniversary in 2020. To mark this occasion The Pipe Band College have set out the framework for a Composition Competition focusing on a 6/8 March of 4 parts.

The focus is to provide a challenge to our Juvenile Pipers and Drummers to develop an individual Composition as a Melody or Score as they are unable to engage in their normal practice regime whilst maintaining the need to remain at home and self-isolate. Entry is open to those who through their Band have registered with The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association for the 2019/20 season.

The competition also encompasses a Band Combined entry as many bands will be continuing to work together using Social Media and any one of several collaboration applications. The entry should comprise of the Melody and Scores for the Pipes, Side Drums, one Bass drum and up to two Tenor drums. An entry can be submitted by any Band that has registered with The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association for the 2019/20 season.

Valid entries must be submitted by Email to pbc.competition@rspba.org between the 20th April 2020 and the 13th June 2020. Entries will not be accepted after this date.

Please choose your entry Category, Title your entry, and include the Band Name and in addition for individual entries the Composer's name: -

  • Piper Juvenile Age Group individual entry
  • Side Drummer Juvenile Age Group individual entry
  • Band Combined entry

To enter a Juvenile category, you must have been under 18 years of age on the 1st day of November 2019.

Please submit your Composition or Band Arrangements in Portable Document Format (.pdf). This can be a scanned copy of a manual manuscript or one saved in .pdf format from an application you have used to develop your manuscript. Entries in Audio or Video Formats unfortunately will not be Accepted.

The Pipe Band College will provide designated individuals to preside and collaborate on the assessment of the competition entries.

The first Review will be to identify a specific number of Entries to go through to the final deliberations in each of the categories.

These Identified Entries will be included in a formatted publication that will be available to be downloaded.

The Presiding panels will then decide the top three entries in each category. The top three entries will receive a commemorative printed copy of the Identified entries.

The aim is to complete the assessment process as quickly as possible following the closing date of the competition. The time needed will be dependent on the number of entries received, so the assessment timeline will be communicated separately.

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 27 March 2020 2:58 PM

Due to the Coronavirus, the Branch meeting scheduled for the 28th of March has been cancelled.

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 20 March 2020 12:11 PM

Due to the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) the following competitions have been cancelled.

  • 11th April, Ulster Solos
  • 9th May, Ards and North Down
  • 16th May, County Fermanagh 
  • 30th May, Mid Ulster
  • 6th June, Antrim and Newtownabbey
  • 21st June, Lisburn and Castlereagh
  • 4th July, All Ireland Championships, Swords
  • 8th August, Ulster Championships, Ballymena
  • 22nd August, Champion of Champions, Newcastle