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Posted by Ian Burrows on 29 January 2019 12:11 PM

On Thursday evening the 31st of January 2019 Parliament Buildings, Stormont will reverberate to the sound of bagpipes as the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association Northern Ireland Branch (RSPBANI) celebrate ‘An Evening of Champions’ to recognise the tremendous success of its member bands and soloists in 2018. The event is being hosted by Robin Swann MLA. Bands being honoured include the present World Champion Pipe Band, Field Marshal Montgomery and World Champions in their grade McNeillstown Pipe Band from County Antrim and Gransha Pipe Band from County Down. Soloists include World Champion Drum Major Emma Barr, Juvenile World Champion Drummer Samuel Hanna and International Juvenile Solo Tenor Champion Adam Montgomery

RSPBANI Branch President Winston Pinkerton said, “The RSPBANI Branch are extremely proud to host this event to honour our 2018 Champion Bands, Drum Majors and Soloists. The RSPBANI Branch was formed in 1950 and has produced numerous Champions down the years.”

RSPBANI Branch Chairman Ray Hall remarked, “The RSPBANI Branch are very proud of our Bands and Soloists record of success in competitions over many years. We do believe that our Education Programme, supported so well by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, has contributed significantly in developing the standards and quality of the performance of all those involved in our pipe band community. We look forward to seeing our performers excel once again in 2019.’’

Joanne Wright, Traditional Music Arts Development Officer, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, added, “The RSPBANI is at the forefront of the competitive pipe band sector here, coordinating many championship contests throughout the region and also delivering high-quality educational programmes. The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is proud to be the principal funder of this terrific organisation and congratulate everyone taking part in this Evening of Champions.”

Robin Swann MLA said, “It is a pleasure to host and be associated with this showcase event, it is not just a tribute to the Champions themselves but thanks to their coaches and families for the time and support that they provide.”

Posted by Danielle McCartney on 21 January 2019 2:52 PM

Please be advised that the Provisional dates and venues posted by RSPBA HQ that have been shared on social media will not be confirmed until Council meetings have taken place.


We will publish the dates as soon as possible after they have been confirmed

Posted by Danielle McCartney on 18 January 2019 11:21 AM

A reminder of the January Branch Meeting next Saturday, 26th of January 2019 at 2pm in Trinity Halls, Lisburn

Posted by Ian Burrows on 7 December 2018 11:42 AM

As part of their 100th-year-anniversary celebrations in 2019, Ballyboley Pipe Band are presenting Fred Morrison in concert.

Please see the attached poster for further details. 

Posted by Ian Burrows on 5 December 2018 2:20 PM

Broughshane & District Pipe Band hosted a Gospel Praise Concert on Thursday 29th November in 1st Broughshane Presbyterian Church Hall (the band's practice hall).  Under the direction of their new pipe major, David Reid, the band kicked off a great evening of entertainment as they played a selection of well-known sacred music including 'Abide with me', 'Jesus loves me' and 'Amazing Grace'  and rounded off an excellent performance with the well-known tune, 'Highland Cathedral'.  After a quick change from the tartan band uniform the new pipe major took to the stage several times during the rest of the evening as he sang with two musical groups; firstly as a member of the Grace in Harmony Trio (accompanied by Jane Dickey) and secondly with Kellie Hanna when the duo were accompanied by David's musical wife Edith.  Also taking part were gospel singer John Porter and the minister, the Rev Ronnie Agnew, who was the compere.  A free-will offering collected on the evening raised over £1,100 in support of the Church Hall renovations.

Caption for photo:  2018-1473

Pipe Major David Reid (left) and Broughshane & District Pipe Band pictured playing at a Gospel Praise Concert in 1st Broughshane Presbyterian Church Hall on Thursday 29th November.

Text and photo: John Kelly

Posted by Ian Burrows on 26 November 2018 3:48 PM

RSPBANI Branch President Winston Pinkerton presents a cheque for £5000.00 to Grace Williams from Air Ambulance N.I. at the Branch A.G.M. on Saturday 24th November.

Air Ambulance N.I. was the President's chosen charity for 2018.

Posted by Ian Burrows on 2 November 2018 1:51 PM

CALLING ALL PIPE BANDS IN FERMANAGH/OMAGH

A reminder of our final Autumn Training Event.

The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association Northern Ireland Branch in conjunction with Artsland (Fermanagh and Omagh District Council) and Dun Uladh are running the training event in the Strule Arts Centre, Omagh on the following date and topics;

10th November 2018 @ 10.00 a.m.

• Events Management
• Safeguarding
• Working with Volunteers (Motivation and Retention)

Posted by Danielle McCartney on 26 October 2018 3:46 PM

World Solo Snare Drumming

Congratulations to Samuel Hanna, Juvenile Section 1 World Solo Drumming Champion 2018!

Well done also to the following prize winners from NI bands:

Juvenile Section 1
1st - Samuel Hanna - Broughshane and District

Juvenile Section 3
3rd - Arren McWilliams - Pipes and Drums of the Police Service of Northern Ireland
6th - Jamie Coffey - Major Sinclair Memorial

Juvenile Section 4
2nd - Ashley Fyffe - Pipes and Drums of the Police Service of Northern Ireland
3rd - Daniel Mulcahy - Closkelt
5th - Lee Montgomery - Quinn Memorial

Juvenile Section 5
4th - Ben Gibson - Pipes and Drums of the Police Service of Northern Ireland

Adult
2nd - Gareth McLees - Field Marshal Montgomery

Well done also to Matthew Shaw - Ravara - for making it through to the Semi Final!

International Juvenile Solo Tenor Drumming

Congratulations to Adam Montgomery, Juvenile Section 3 International Juvenile Solo Tenor Drumming Champion 2018

Well done also to the following prize winners from NI bands:

Juvenile Section 3
1st - Adam Montgomery - Quinn Memorial

Juvenile Section 4
2nd - Jamie Blair - Ravara
5th - Zoe Abraham - Ravara