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Posted 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 by Ian Burrows on 23 September 2019 5:24 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 mark.faloon@rspbani.org or info@rspbani.org

Posted by Ian Burrows on 14 January 2019 7:54 PM

The RSPBANI Branch School will be running Piobaireachd Tuition Sessions in Cookstown Primary School from 10.00 a.m. on the following dates:

  • 2nd February
  • 9th March
  • 23rd March

There will be a group session in the morning to 1 p.m. then group/individual sessions from 1.30 p.m. to 5 p.m. The tutor for the group session and individual lessons will be Glenn Brown.

Fees are £10 for Branch School members per session and £15 for non-school members per session.

For further details and to register for Branch School members please contact your Centre Coordinator. For non-school members please email info@rspbani.org

Posted by Ian Burrows on 24 October 2018 1:35 PM

Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association Northern Ireland Branch School Appoints New Principal

The RSPBANI Branch School has recently appointed Mark Faloon as their new School Principal.

Mark is a renowned Piper, Tutor, Pipe Major and a former member of Field Marshal Montgomery having won every major title with the band. Mark is also a Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association Adjudicator holding all the RSPBA qualifications having recently achieved his Pipe Band Musicianship qualifications.

School Conveyor Adam Fawcett said, “we are delighted that Mark has accepted the role of Branch School Principal, he is highly qualified and respected in Pipe Band circles and will bring his expertise and knowledge to take the Branch School to the next level.”

Mark said, “I am looking forward to the challenge of the role of School Principal and providing the opportunity for School members to excel in their chosen art and assisting them to achieve their accredited qualifications to progress their knowledge and skills."

The Branch School runs five centres on Saturday mornings at Banbridge, Cookstown, Broughshane, Enniskillen and Derry/Londonderry.  The School offers expert tuition in Piping, Drumming and Drum Majoring practical and theory with students being taught Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework levels.

For further details on the Branch School please email info@rspbani.org.

Posted by Ian Burrows on 13 September 2018 11:38 AM

It's Back to School time again at the NI Branch School. Our Saturday Centres will be back up and running again on Saturday 22nd September at 9.30am.

Term fees are £30 and also a reminder that our Household and Young Student Discounts will run again this year. Details below:

Household Discounted Fees
Multiple Students attending the School from the same household will be subject to the following Fees:
2 Students - £25 each
3 or more students - £20 each

Young Student Discounted Fees
The fees for students attending the School who are in Primary 6 or 7 or lower will be £25.
The fees for students attending the School who are in Primary 5 or lower will be £20.

We welcome students of all ages and abilities so why not give it a go.

Register Online
To register with the Branch School please Register/Sign in to the Branch website (www.rspbani.org), Go to the School Page (Green Button) then click on the Yellow Register with Branch School Link at the top. You can also register directly in the Centres on the first day of term.

If you already have an account on the system (Have competed as a Drum Major/Soloist or have attended the School previously) but can't access it please contact us at admin@rspbani.org please do not register another account.

Posted by Ian Burrows on 1 March 2018 4:00 PM

Please note that due to the adverse weather conditions the training planned for this weekend has been cancelled.

Posted by Ian Burrows on 5 January 2018 5:01 PM

A reminder that the Branch School Centres recommence tomorrow morning, Saturday 6th of January.

Posted by Ian Burrows on 24 October 2017 3:06 PM

Please see attached document regarding Piobaireachd Seminars for 2017-18.