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Posted in School News by Danielle McCartney on 14 April 2020 11:14 AM

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Composition Competition: - 6/8 March of 4 parts

We are all disappointed that the 2020 Competition Season has ended before it began due to the Coronavirus pandemic (Covid-19), and our need to follow the government health advice.

The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association celebrates its 90th Anniversary in 2020. To mark this occasion The Pipe Band College have set out the framework for a Composition Competition focusing on a 6/8 March of 4 parts.

The focus is to provide a challenge to our Juvenile Pipers and Drummers to develop an individual Composition as a Melody or Score as they are unable to engage in their normal practice regime whilst maintaining the need to remain at home and self-isolate. Entry is open to those who through their Band have registered with The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association for the 2019/20 season.

The competition also encompasses a Band Combined entry as many bands will be continuing to work together using Social Media and any one of several collaboration applications. The entry should comprise of the Melody and Scores for the Pipes, Side Drums, one Bass drum and up to two Tenor drums. An entry can be submitted by any Band that has registered with The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association for the 2019/20 season.

Valid entries must be submitted by Email to between the 20th April 2020 and the 13th June 2020. Entries will not be accepted after this date.

Please choose your entry Category, Title your entry, and include the Band Name and in addition for individual entries the Composer's name: -

  • Piper Juvenile Age Group individual entry
  • Side Drummer Juvenile Age Group individual entry
  • Band Combined entry

To enter a Juvenile category, you must have been under 18 years of age on the 1st day of November 2019.

Please submit your Composition or Band Arrangements in Portable Document Format (.pdf). This can be a scanned copy of a manual manuscript or one saved in .pdf format from an application you have used to develop your manuscript. Entries in Audio or Video Formats unfortunately will not be Accepted.

The Pipe Band College will provide designated individuals to preside and collaborate on the assessment of the competition entries.

The first Review will be to identify a specific number of Entries to go through to the final deliberations in each of the categories.

These Identified Entries will be included in a formatted publication that will be available to be downloaded.

The Presiding panels will then decide the top three entries in each category. The top three entries will receive a commemorative printed copy of the Identified entries.

The aim is to complete the assessment process as quickly as possible following the closing date of the competition. The time needed will be dependent on the number of entries received, so the assessment timeline will be communicated separately.

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 27 March 2020 2:58 PM

Due to the Coronavirus, the Branch meeting scheduled for the 28th of March has been cancelled.

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 20 March 2020 12:11 PM

Due to the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) the following competitions have been cancelled.

  • 11th April, Ulster Solos
  • 9th May, Ards and North Down
  • 16th May, County Fermanagh 
  • 30th May, Mid Ulster
  • 6th June, Antrim and Newtownabbey
  • 21st June, Lisburn and Castlereagh
  • 4th July, All Ireland Championships, Swords
  • 8th August, Ulster Championships, Ballymena
  • 22nd August, Champion of Champions, Newcastle
Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 17 March 2020 6:57 PM

Updated Statement on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Pipe Band College NI have reviewed current the situation. In response to the increasing number of cases in Northern Ireland, and across the UK, the college has decided to postpone all school examinations which were due to take place on 28th March. This postponement will be indefinite due to the ongoing situation. Furthermore, we have decided to bring forward the end of the teaching term. Saturday 14th March will be the final teaching day of the term.

We understand that there will be disappointment for students who have been working towards examinations. We however feel that it would be irresponsible to bring students and examiners from across Northern Ireland and Scotland into a single venue at this time.

All exam fees will be refunded as soon a possible. We will also ensure that students will be fully prepared for the examinations whenever they occur.

Pipe Band College NI, 13 March 2020

Posted in Branch News by Danielle McCartney on 16 March 2020 7:19 PM

We have made the decision to cancel the Ulster Solos due to the COVID-19 outbreak

The World Solo Drumming Qualifier has been postponed, New date TBC

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 16 March 2020 2:01 PM

Piobaireachd lessons scheduled for this Saturday, 21st of March with Glenn Brown at Cookstown Primary School have been cancelled due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

Glenn is available for lessons via Skype,

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 14 March 2020 8:32 PM

Please see below statement from McDonald Memorial and McDonald Academy Pipe Bands.


"Due to the ongoing Coronavirus COVID-19 situation we have decided to postpone our Spring Into Summer Concert.  We will continue to monitor the situation and hope to reschedule later this year.  Tickets will be valid for the rescheduled date or can be refunded by request.”

Posted in Branch News by Danielle McCartney on 14 March 2020 8:30 PM

The purpose of this document is to advise RSPBA Employees, Members, Volunteers and Band Members how to stay safe online and also protect your online and professional reputation.

The document can be accessed here