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Posted by Danielle McCartney on 6 May 2019 5:13 PM

Can we please request that all band's ensure that their Secretary is up-to-date on the RSPBANI website and that the email address for the secretary is correct

Can all Drum Major's also ensure that their accounts/email are correct

Please contact Danielle ( for assistance if you are having any issues with your account

Posted by Ian Burrows on 2 May 2019 11:43 AM

UK Pipe Band Championships – Saturday 15th June 2019

Parking for People with disabilities

The UK Pipe Band Championship will take place in Lurgan Park on Saturday 15th June. On the day of this event, there will be a limited number of disabled parking spaces available within the grounds of Lurgan Park and these spaces will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

If you would like to pre-book a disabled parking space at this event please email and a parking permit will be sent out to be displayed in the window of your vehicle along with your blue badge on arrival.

Motor Homes

There will be no overnight parking for Motor Homes in Lurgan Park for the UK Pipe Band Championships.

Overnight Parking will be available at Kings Park Primary School which is in close proximity to the venue.  Spaces can be booked through

Public Parking

Public Parking will be available within Lurgan Park, accessed through the Avenue Road Entrance.

Admission will be £5 per person, with under 16’s accompanied by an Adult admitted free of charge

Posted by Danielle McCartney on 28 April 2019 10:11 PM

Please see the attached statement from Closkelt Pipe Band to regretfully announce that the contest on 4th May has been cancelled due to low entry numbers,

Closkelt plan to run the contest in 2020 - details will be published both on Closkelt social media and on our website nearer the time with more information

Posted by Danielle McCartney on 26 April 2019 1:36 PM

Just a reminder that the entries for the United Kingdom Championships will close on Wednesday 01st May 2019.

The draw for the United Kingdom Championships will then take place within RSPBA HQ at 11.00am on Wednesday 08th May 2019 and be posted online and via their Twitter feed later in the day.

Please remember that during refurbishments HQ have been in temporary offices since May 2018, all draws as well as all trophy returns will be at the below address:-

The Pentagon Centre
Suite 122
36-38 Washington Street
G3 8AZ

As per rule 4.72 all trophies should be returned one month prior to the contest date to avoid fines

Posted by Ian Burrows on 20 April 2019 5:21 PM

Please see attached results from the 2019 Ulster Solo Championships.

Posted by Danielle McCartney on 15 April 2019 11:09 AM

The entries for the 2019 competitions are now opened
Band Administrators will have to enter their tunes on the band's page prior to entering the contests

We have upgraded our payment and tune system, at the moment we have Stripe payments only for Debit/Credit cards and we hope to have PayPal integrated in the near future 

Please let us know of any issues at

Link to 2019 Competition list here

Posted by Ian Burrows on 11 April 2019 8:04 PM

South Derry/Londonderry Piping and Drumming Project

‘Young People Piping and Drumming in Harmony’

Today an ‘Open Afternoon’ was held at Ampertaine Primary School, Upperlands as part of the project. The Objective of the programme is to teach piping and drumming to boys and girls in controlled, maintained and integrated schools, primary and secondary, within the South Derry/Londonderry Area.

The ‘Open Afternoon’ enabled students from all participating schools involved in the project to meet together for a piping and drumming workshop. Council Officers Oliver Morgan and Deidre McCann were in attendance representing Mid Ulster District Council. The Project is funded by Mid Ulster District Council under Peace IV funding.

During the past year pupils from the Primary and Secondary sector have had the opportunity to receive teaching in the practice and theory of music in the art of piping and drumming. Pupils have already enjoyed the experience of participating in their respective school concerts and local festivals.

The ‘Open Afternoon took the form of a workshop where pupils worked in groups relative to their standard and followed the programme as outlined.

  1. Essential piping and drumming skills.
  2. Monotones – Foundation for reading music.
  3. Separate groups:
  • Piping – Tune preparation.
  • Drumming – Tune preparation.
  1. Combined group piping and drumming.

A fifteen-minute programme based on the above activities concluded the workshop. Individual and group work was demonstrated for their parents who took the opportunity to view this part of the event.

Posted by Danielle McCartney on 5 April 2019 5:18 PM

The draw has now been publish on the RSPBANI website - competition tab

Use this link

Please check the band associated with your account on the website as this is the band that will be used in the programme.

If any changes are required, please email them to Danielle -