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Posted by Danielle McCartney on 15 October 2021 8:04 PM

At the recent Branch Meeting, a short discussion took place regarding the 2022 Season,

As there were only a few bands represented on the meeting, a suggestion was made that we arrange another meeting with Pipe Majors and Leading Drummers to discuss the matter further,

We would like to invite you to a Zoom Meeting on Monday 25th October at 7.30pm,

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss how bands feel the Executive should proceed in planning the 2022 Season,

i.e. number of contests, festivals, solos

We would also like to discuss the proposed changes to the RSPBANI Sections,

This was discussed at the Branch Meeting and the bands on the meeting recommended that we discuss it with PMs/LDs,

The meeting will be split into breakout rooms consisting of Grade 4, Grade 3, Grade 2&1,

We will have questions/topics for discussion so that each breakout room can then feed back into the main meeting on the thoughts of each group,

If PM/LD cannot attend, they can appoint another band/committee member to speak on their behalf,

Please RSVP by Monday 18th October to

Zoom Details will be sent out after we have received the RSVPs

Posted by Danielle McCartney on 13 October 2021 10:13 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 by Danielle McCartney on 27 September 2021 6:57 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 by Danielle McCartney on 6 September 2021 11:02 AM

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 by Danielle McCartney on 24 August 2021 5:01 PM

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

Posted by Danielle McCartney on 23 August 2021 4:05 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 by Danielle McCartney on 29 July 2021 11:50 AM

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

Posted by Danielle McCartney on 28 July 2021 9:39 PM

The draw for the Mid Ulster Outdoor Solos can be viewed in the competition area of the website here

The running order of the grades is attached

Please note that there will be no "practice rooms" as this is an outdoor event - but there will be lots of room to practice.
It is your responsibility to make your way to the final tuning tent when the competitor ahead of you leaves the tent
All competitors should sign in on the day & instructions will be given