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Posted by Danielle McCartney on 26 January 2023 5:01 PM

We intend to hold a meeting for Pipe Majors and Leading Drummers on Wednesday 8th February at 7.30pm via Zoom

Please confirm your availability with Danielle - secretary@rspbani.org

Posted by Michelle Shilliday on 24 January 2023 4:10 PM

The IPBA Leinster Solos will take place on Saturday 11 February 2023 in Rush, Co Dublin.

To enter, clink on the link for the syllabus and entry form http://www.blackravenpipeband.com/leinster-solos/

Posted by Danielle McCartney on 12 January 2023 12:41 PM

A Branch Meeting will take place via Zoom on Wednesday 1st February 2023

Minutes, Agenda & Zoom details will be sent to band secretaries

Posted by Michelle Shilliday on 9 January 2023 10:08 AM

Eric M. Stein, Chairman of the Ardmore Cup Solo Invitation Piping Contest would like to introduce a new premier solo piping invitational event that will take place in Ardmore, Co Waterford, on Saturday, 25th February 2023.

The contest will feature ten of the top pipers from Ireland and the UK.  This year’s invitees are:

Glenn Brown

Kris Coyle

Julian Dorman

Chris Earls

Angus MacColl

Willie McCallum

Ashley McMichael

Fred Morrison

Connor Sinclair

Alen Tully

The Adjudicators are Ian Duncan, Ronan Maguire & Richard Parkes.

There are two events.

  1. An MSR, where competitors submit three sets
  2. A Medley Selection that must include one Irish tune.

The concept for this contest evolved in the aftermath of the SunBelt which took place in November in Orlando, Florida.

Eric Stein was approached by one of the attendees of the SunBelt named Stephen Power.  Stephen has a great love of piping and asked if I could put on an event similar to the SunBelt in Ardmore where his father immigrated from.  Stephen wants the Ardmore Cup to inspire new pipers as is the mission of the SunBelt.

As the discussion continued, Eric realized the timeline would be tight but, that they could make it happen.  They have received tremendous cooperation from the Irish Pipe Band Association especially from President Brian MacMahon and Secretary Johnny Sheehan.

Terry Tully and Eric took a trip to Ardmore in late November to put all the pieces in place.

The venue will be St. Delcan’s Village Hall, Ardmore, Waterford.  A grand session will take place after the contest in McKeevers Pub which is directly across the street from the Village Hall.

Tickets are €5.00 per adults and children are free.

Tickets can be reserved via PayPal by sending to ericmstein53@gmail.com

(Please send as friends and family)

Tickets will be held in your name at the door.

Doors will open at 12:30pm

MSR 1:00pm

Medley 6:00pm

We welcome any vendors who would like to donate product for the auction and door prizes.

Proceeds from this event will be donated to local pipers and pipe bands.

Posted by Michelle Shilliday on 5 January 2023 12:48 PM

Classes resume Saturday 7 January 2023 at our five centres:

Co Down - Edenderry Primary School, Banbridge
Co Tyrone - Cookstown Primary School
Co Fermanagh - Bridge Centre, Enniskillen
Co Derry/Londonderry - Lisneal College, Derry/Londonderry
Mid Antrim - Broughshane Church Hall, Main Street, Broughshane

Term 1 students continue preparation for RSPBANI Examinations on Saturday 1st April. Any piper or drummer who missed out on Term 1 and would like to enrol in the College for Term 2, is urged to do so this Saturday, 7 January 2023 at 9.30am.  You too may choose to take the RSPBANI examinations.  All students will find a warm welcome awaits at the Centre of their choice.

To register for Term 2, use the following link:
Once registered, to pay for Term 2, use the following link:


Posted by Danielle McCartney on 21 December 2022 3:28 PM
The rescheduled All Ireland Solos & JAC Solos will take place on Saturday 18th February 2023 in Lisnagarvey High School
Links to syllabi:
Entries will open soon - keep an eye on our website and social media for the entry form
Posted by Danielle McCartney on 25 November 2022 8:38 AM

The 72nd RSPBA NI Branch Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday 26 November 2022 in Cookstown Methodist Church Hall, 28 Loy Street, Cookstown BT80 8PE, (Hall and parking are behind the Church) at 11am


Posted by Michelle Shilliday on 18 November 2022 12:29 PM

There was a touch of tartan at Stormont this week as young Ulster-Scots musicians from across Northern Ireland gathered for a musical graduation in the Great Hall at Parliament Buildings.

They were coming together to receive foundation certificates in piping and drumming awarded by the Ulster-Scots Agency and the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association (NI). 

More than 70 young learners, drawn from primary and post primary schools, as well as one youth band and the RSPBA (NI) Pipe Band College, attended to receive recognition for their efforts at learning their new instruments. 

The event was hosted by former Education Minister Michelle McIlveen MLA, a long-time supporter of Ulster-Scots.  Welcoming the capacity crowd of youngsters and their families, the Strangford MLA said, “It’s fantastic to see so many young people getting actively involved in piping and drumming, which is an integral part of their Ulster-Scots identity and something that enriches all of our lives.  I congratulate everyone – students, tutors and parents – for the hard work and commitment that these foundation certificates represent.” 

Most of the young people have been learning on tuition programmes funded by the Ulster-Scots Agency, which organised the event.  Agency Chief Executive Ian Crozier encouraged the young learners to continue with their music and take the next step by joining a local band, saying, “Ulster-Scots music presents young people with the opportunity for a lifetime of participation, enjoyment and friendship through our vibrant bands scene.  There are well over 100 pipe bands in Northern Ireland, so I would say to every young person here not in a band, there is a band out there waiting for every one of you.” 

The Foundation Certificate was developed as a joint initiative of the Ulster-Scots Agency and the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association (NI), initially to recognise progression in the bagpipes, but then extended to include the full range of drumming disciplines and drum major skills.  RSPBA (NI) was represented by its President, Winston Pinkerton, who spoke about the very significant impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic on the pipe band community and how encouraging it was to see so many new, young musicians coming through so quickly afterwards. 

The graduates were drawn from a number of schools and organisations including: Banbridge High School; Cedar Integrated Primary School; Down Academy Pipes and Drums; Down High School; Dromore High School; Drumlins Integrated Primary School; Glasswater Primary School; Lisnadill Primary School; Markethill High School; Moneyreagh Primary School; Pipe Band College NI (RSPBA NI); Old Warren Primary School; Omagh Academy; Scarva Primary School; and The High School, Ballynahinch. 

To view photos of the event click here.