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Posted by Ian Burrows on 9 September 2019 3:14 PM

New School term commences on the 21st of September. Come along and register at a centre near you to gain recognised qualifications.

The RSPBANI Branch School offer access to the Scottish Qualification Authority (SQA) recognised qualifications in Bagpipes and Snare Drumming. The qualifications in Bass/Tenor Drumming and Drum Majoring are currently recognised by the Piping and Drumming Qualifications Board (PDQB).

The Piping and Snare Drum qualifications are available at different levels which reference directly their place in the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF). Qualifications at Level 2 – 8 are available in Bagpipes and Level 3-6 are available for Snare Drumming. Qualifications gained under SCQF can be referenced to the Qualifications most commonly studied for in Northern Ireland.

The attached table outlines the local equivalent qualifications. These qualifications are nationally recognised and can be added to the Student’s CV or Record of Achievement.

We have five Centres which are located in Banbridge, Cookstown, Enniskillen, Derry/Londonderry and Broughshane.

For further information please email, info@rspbani.org.

Posted by Danielle McCartney on 23 August 2019 1:34 PM

The 'Supreme' Champion of Champions are decided based on the results at the 5 Major Championships each year

We are delighted to have 4 Champion of Champions prizes being brought back to RSPBANI!

Adult Drum Major - Champion of Champions 2019 
Emma Barr - Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band

Grade 3A - Champion of Champions 2019
St Marys Pipe Band Derrytrasna

Grade 2 - Champion of Champions Drum Corps 2019 
Ravara Pipe Band

Grade 2 - Champion of Champions 2019 
Closkelt Pipe Band

Posted by Danielle McCartney on 23 August 2019 1:29 PM

Now that World's Week is over, we would like to mention some of our prize winners ...

Congratulations to our new World Champions:

Junior Drum Major - Benjamin Walker - Joseph Forde Memorial Pipe Band

Grade 3B - Tullylagan Pipe Band

Congratulations also go to Ravara Pipe Band on becoming World Drum Corps Champions in Grade 2

We had many prize winners across all of the grades - well done to you all and to everyone who travelled to Glasgow to represent RSPBANI at this prestigious event!

Drum Majors 
Junior 
3rd Leanne Crooks - Syerla Pipe Band
4th Grace Thompson - Ballydonaghy
6th Jamie Lee Wilson - Joseph Forde Memorial Pipe Band

Juvenile
2nd Rachel Lowry - Armaghbreagh 
3rd Emily Johnstone - Lisnamulligan Pipe Band
4th Emily Crooks - McNeillstown Pipe Band
6th Rebecca Hamilton - Tullylagan Pipe Band

Adult
2nd James Kennedy - Closkelt Pipe Band
4th Andrea McKeown Gibson - Battlehill Pipe Band
5th Jason Price - Ravara Pipe Band
6th Emma Barr - Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band

Bands 
4B
5th Mountjoy Pipe Band
6th William Kerr Memorial Pipe Band

4A
4th McDonald Memorial & Academy Pipe Bands
5th Augharan Pipe Band

3B
3rd McNeillstown Pipe Band

3A
3rd St Marys Pipe Band Derrytrasna

2
Drums Ravara Pipe Band
2nd Closkelt Pipe Band


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2nd Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band
MSR Prize Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band

Posted by Danielle McCartney on 23 August 2019 11:46 AM

The entry for the All Ireland Solo Piping and Drumming Championships 2019 and the new 'JAC Solo Championships 2019' contests are now live on the website

The JAC Solo contest, separate from the All Ireland Solo Piping and Drumming Championships, is designed specifically the younger members of our associations.

The contests will be held in Lusk National School, Co Dublin on Saturday 21th September, commencing at 10.00 am.

Closing date for entries:       Saturday 7th  September 2019 at 12.00 noon     

Entries to be completed via the RSPBANI website at www.rspbani.org 
Or to sheehanjohn54@gmail.com (00353(0)87/2314444).

Entry forms have also been appended and can be used, if required.

Syllabi are available here - https://www.rspbani.org/documents.php

Posted by Ian Burrows on 22 August 2019 4:31 PM

We have been advised by Council that parking in the back field on the hill at Donard Park will open at 8 a.m. on Saturday and will then be locked by Security at 8 p.m. and will not reopen until 1 p.m. on Sunday. Please ensure that you vacate the back field by this time as the security company will charge £25.00 to open the barrier between opening and closing times. 

Posted by Ian Burrows on 21 August 2019 12:07 PM

On enquiring about Motor Home parking at Newcastle, the below reply was received from Newry, Mourne and Down District Council.

'The overflow car park (grass area above playing fields) is being managed by a private company on behalf of the council due to on-going Anti Social Behaviour. It opens at 1 pm and closes at 8 pm this Friday. They charge a £25 fee to open the gates after this time.

There is no designated Motor Home parking within the Donard park area.'