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Posted by Ian Burrows on 24 October 2019 10:11 AM

McDonald Memorial Pipe Band are holding an open practice night on Tuesday 29th October from 7.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. in Magherally and Annaclone Church, 46 Kilmacrew Road, Banbridge, BT32 4EP. 

Everyone welcome.

Posted by Danielle McCartney on 22 October 2019 4:33 PM

A Branch Meeting will be held on Saturday, 26th of October 2019 at 2pm

The Branch AGM will be held on Saturday, 30th of November 2019 at 11 am. 

Both meetings will be held in Trinity Methodist Halls, Ballymacoss Ave, Lisburn, County Antrim BT28 2GX.

Nominations for election of Officers and notices of motion for the AGM must be received from band secretaries by the Branch Secretary three weeks prior to the meeting.

Email contact for the Branch Secretary is

Posted by Ian Burrows on 15 October 2019 9:23 AM

Please see details of 2019/2020 Piobaireachd Workshops

Posted by Ian Burrows on 8 October 2019 11:35 AM

Please see the attached document regarding the Music Leadership Programme which is aimed at 16 to 24-year-old pipers and drummers.

Please contact if you are interested.

Posted by Ian Burrows on 23 September 2019 6:05 PM

 Please see attached results from the All Ireland Solos.

Posted by Danielle McCartney on 23 September 2019 1:10 PM

Congratulations to the following NI Bands on their recent upgradings:

Grade 4a - Gtrade 3b


Grade 3b - Grade 3a


Grade 3a - Grade 2

St Mary's Derrytrasna

Grade 2 - Grade 1


Posted by Ian Burrows on 20 September 2019 1:37 PM

Please see attached upcoming 'Music On The Hill' event that McDonald Memorial and McDonald Academy Pipe Bands are holding.

Posted by Ian Burrows on 9 September 2019 2:14 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,