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Posted in Branch News 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 in Branch News 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 in Co. Down News by Danielle McCartney on 17 January 2019 12:08 PM

Hi All

For those attending the Presentation & Seminar on Ensemble on Saturday 19th January please find the directions to the Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn. I apologise for not including this on my previous posts.


We look forward to seeing you on Saturday.

Kind regards


Posted in School News by Ian Burrows on 14 January 2019 7:54 PM

The RSPBANI Branch School will be running Piobaireachd Tuition Sessions in Cookstown Primary School from 10.00 a.m. on the following dates:

  • 2nd February
  • 9th March
  • 23rd March

There will be a group session in the morning to 1 p.m. then group/individual sessions from 1.30 p.m. to 5 p.m. The tutor for the group session and individual lessons will be Glenn Brown.

Fees are £10 for Branch School members per session and £15 for non-school members per session.

For further details and to register for Branch School members please contact your Centre Coordinator. For non-school members please email info@rspbani.org

Posted in Co. Down News by Ian Burrows on 4 January 2019 3:35 PM

Happy New Year to You All.


I hope you have all had a lovely break and enjoyed some quality time with your families.

We are about to embark on a new season in the Pipe Band World with all to play for. The County Down Section want to help you achieve your aspirations by offering you an opportunity to attend a Presentation/Seminar on Ensemble.

The presentation/seminar will take place at the Lagan Valley Island Centre on Saturday 19th January 2019. All bands registered with the RSPBA/IPBA  are welcome. This event is FOC to all bands. We are restricting it to a maximum of 4 members per band as we have only 100 spaces available. We ask that all representatives are there at 1.00 pm ready for a 1.30 pm start. 

We have had a great response from bands to attend this unique opportunity to improve and enhance your Ensemble performance especially on the competition field.

A large conference hall has been booked for this event and there are still places available for bands to attend We do need you to register your attendance for seating and catering.

The 1st half of the presentation will be in depth on the principles of Ensemble covering Piping, Bass, Tenors and Snare drumming. The 2nd half of the presentation will be as a seminar with the presenter and invited guest speakers, all highly experienced with a wealth of knowledge to expand on the 1st half of the presentation and providing an opportunity of a 2-way question and answer session. This is a bespoke event for you to ask all the questions you always wanted to ask.

Please note that this event caters for all bands from grades 4B to 1.

We encourage all bands from RSPBA/IPBA to seriously consider attending this event.      

If you wish to register please contact me at Lorraine.ronaldson@rspbani.org for your place. I am looking forward to hearing from you.

Kindest regards


Posted in Branch News 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 in Branch News 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 in Branch News 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.