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Posted by Ian Burrows on 17 November 2013 3:55 PM

On Wednesday 13th of November RSPBANI Branch School and the Ulster-Scots Agency were hosted at Stormont by the Minister for Culture Arts and Leisure for the presentation of Piping, Drumming and Drum Majoring Foundation Certificates.

Pictured are just some of the recipients.

Please click here to view the Northern Ireland Executive press release. 

Posted by Ian Burrows on 7 October 2013 10:57 PM

The next practice for the CBOI National Tour for Branch School members will be held this Sunday, 13th of October in the Hub, Burn Road, Cookstown commencing at noon.

Posted by Ian Burrows on 26 September 2013 12:35 PM

Come join us in the new school term commencing 9:30 am at the following centres and gain qualifications to accredited standards:

  • Banbridge - Edenderry Primary School
  • Ballymena - Ballymena Primary School
  • Cookstown - Cookstown Primary School
  • North West - Lismneal College
  • Enniskillen - Enniskillen Integrated College
Posted by Ian Burrows on 10 July 2013 5:27 PM

A reminder to get your places booked for this years Adventure Summer Camp at Bushmills, Tuesday 20th August to Saturday 24th of August.

Please click here to see all the fun from last year.

Posted by Ian Burrows on 18 February 2013 2:59 PM

Please see attached document regarding this years Branch School Adventure Summer Camp.

Posted by Admin on 10 January 2013 11:26 PM

It's that time again and why not make good on that New Year's resolution and enrol at your local centre to study for the recognised PDQB qualifications. There is tuition in piping, snare drumming, bass & tenor drumming and drum majoring at our 5 main centres:

Co. Antrim - Ballymena Primary School, Ballymoney Road, Ballymena
Mid-Ulster - Cookstown Primary School, Coolnafranky, Cookstown
Co. Fermanagh - Enniskillen Integrated, Enniskillen
Co. Down - Edenderry Primary School,
Lurgan Road, Banbridge
North-West - Lisneal College, 70 Crescent Link, Londonderry

The School are also running a Solo Piping Centre Pilot Scheme this term under the stewardship of PM Ian Jess. This is taking place in the Edengrove Centre in Ballynahinch. Spaces on this course are limited and have proved very popular with all but 2 already filled. Anyone wishing to attend the Solo Piping Centre should contact Ian Jess via the Branch Office on 028 9267 0445 for more details.

Posted by Ian Burrows on 23 November 2012 10:52 AM

RSPBANI Branch School is delighted to announce record enrolment numbers of 241 for 2012/13.

This follows on from 2011/12 with the following having been achieved.

Regional Centres - Ballymena, Banbridge, Cookstown, Enniskillen and Londonderry were the five centres which operated each Saturday from October up to the end of March 2011

Piping, Drumming, Qualifications Board Certificates;

182 students in total took up the courses on offer

Piping – 85% ‘A’ Grade success, 97% Pass.

Drumming  - 65% ‘A’ Grade success, 94% Pass

Foundation Certificates;

Piping – 100% Pass

Drum Majors – 89% Pass: Enniskillen Centre

The Foundation Syllabus was developed for the benefit and encouragement of beginners. Instructors deemed it necessary to provide the young students with a

stepping- stone toward PDQB Level 1

Band Workshops; 

Three workshops were held for the Grade 4 Bands in Garvagh, Fivemiletown and Gilnahirk respectively.

The theme for each was “Setting the Foundation for Tonal Balance,” which attracted representatives from over thirty bands; some attending more than once.

Piobaireachd seminars;

6 Piobaireachd seminars were held between October and March with 14 pipers enrolled. The impact of these sessions were easily measured with 13 out of the 14 competing in the Ulster Solo Piping Championships.

Due to the provision of quality instruction, served up by PM Chris Armstrong plus back – up from the School Centre instructors , the application of dedicated students and appropriate planning we can confidently expect the mini – revolution in this discipline to gain momentum in the future.

Ulster Scots Agency  & RSPBA NI Branch Collaboration

Three significant developments:

1)Stormont Launch of the foundation Certificate

2)The first Residential Summer Adventure Programme was held in August at the NEELB’s Bushmills Education Outdoor Centre. A sincere thanks is due to PM Andy McGregor, and his team, who ensured this was an outstanding success. 2013’s is in the pipeline.

3)The success of the  Ulster-Scots Agency Day School programme in raising the profile of piping, drumming and related activities within the formal education structure. 

Posted by Ian Burrows on 19 September 2012 9:45 PM

School start times added to attached advert at the bottom of the page.