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Posted in Co. Fermanagh News by Ian Burrows on 5 November 2018 4:25 PM

Please see the attached press release regarding the County Fermanagh & District Massed Pipe Band-  100th Anniversary WW1 Tribute.

Posted in Branch News 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 in Branch News 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

Posted in School News by Ian Burrows on 24 October 2018 1:35 PM

Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association Northern Ireland Branch School Appoints New Principal

The RSPBANI Branch School has recently appointed Mark Faloon as their new School Principal.

Mark is a renowned Piper, Tutor, Pipe Major and a former member of Field Marshal Montgomery having won every major title with the band. Mark is also a Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association Adjudicator holding all the RSPBA qualifications having recently achieved his Pipe Band Musicianship qualifications.

School Conveyor Adam Fawcett said, “we are delighted that Mark has accepted the role of Branch School Principal, he is highly qualified and respected in Pipe Band circles and will bring his expertise and knowledge to take the Branch School to the next level.”

Mark said, “I am looking forward to the challenge of the role of School Principal and providing the opportunity for School members to excel in their chosen art and assisting them to achieve their accredited qualifications to progress their knowledge and skills."

The Branch School runs five centres on Saturday mornings at Banbridge, Cookstown, Broughshane, Enniskillen and Derry/Londonderry.  The School offers expert tuition in Piping, Drumming and Drum Majoring practical and theory with students being taught Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework levels.

For further details on the Branch School please email info@rspbani.org.

Posted in Co. Down News by Ian Burrows on 24 October 2018 11:21 AM

A reminder of the Section A.G.M. tomorrow night in the Millbrook Lodge Hotel, Ballynahinch at 7.30 p.m.

We would request that all County Down Section Bands attend please as there is an important item on the agenda to discuss. County Armagh bands would also be very welcome to attend.

Refreshments will be served after the meeting.

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 18 October 2018 2:53 PM

Press release - 18th October 2018

SLOT return to Armagh to continue their Musical Journey

Turas Ceoil - Live in Ireland

Armagh City Hotel, 27th April 2019.

On Saturday 27th April 2019, St. Laurence O’Toole Pipe Band will once again take to the Armagh City Hotel stage to showcase their critically acclaimed concert “Turas Ceoil”.

Having performed the concert to a sellout crowd of over 2,100 people last August, the show has received many rave reviews.

Following numerous enquiries, SLOT have decided to bring the show to Ireland.

“We really didn’t expect the huge levels of appreciation we have received following our show last August,” says P/M Alen Tully, “we’ve had an unbelievable amount of enquiries about whether we may ever put the show on again,

surprisingly from some people who were at the show and also from many who couldn’t make it across to Glasgow for the original.

Considering we have all the material still in our repertoire, we felt it would be a great opportunity to perform it once more for our followers who missed out or even for those who would like to experience it for the second time.”

The band have confirmed that Coda, the 7 piece male vocal group will also be joining them, while many of the other accompanying musicians will also be there.

“We will freshen the show a little so that for anyone who has seen the original will have a surprise or two, however, the majority will be the same as the last one,” says P/M Tully.

Armagh City Hotel holds up to 1,000 people and the band are expecting it to sell out fast.

“Given how quick the last concert sold out and the level of interest already in this show, we would anticipate these tickets to sell out pretty quickly.

We know there were a number of disappointed people last time around who left it too late to get their tickets, so we would encourage people not to leave it so late this time!” says P/M Tully.

Tickets for Turas Ceoil - Live in Ireland, go on sale on Thursday 18th October and will be available initially online through the band's portal on ticket retailer, Tito.

Please visit the link below to book online :

https://ti.to/st-laurence-o-toole-pipe-band/turas-ceoil-resume-live-in-ireland

There will also be a limited number of physical tickets that can be obtained from band members or at the Armagh City Hotel and these will be available from Monday 22nd October.

Tickets are priced at £17 each which includes a £2 booking fee.

For additional information contact the band at turas_ceoil@slotpb.com

Posted in Mid-Ulster News by Ian Burrows on 17 October 2018 7:01 PM

Please note that the annual general meeting of the Mid Ulster Section will be held on Wednesday, 24th October 2018, commencing at 8.00 p.m., in the Royal Hotel, Coagh Street, Cookstown, County Tyrone.

It is very important that all bands within the Mid Ulster Section are represented at this meeting.

Thanks for your co-operation.

Dessie McLaughlin

Secretary.

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 15 October 2018 4:48 PM

CALLING ALL PIPE BANDS IN FERMANAGH/OMAGH

A reminder of Autumn Training Events.

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

20th October 2018

• Committee Skills 
• Public Relations 
• Funding and Fundraising 
• Marketing and Social Media

10th November 2018

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

There is £250.00 available to each band who send representatives to attend the training events. This training is invaluable to bands as it will assist with any future funding applications that bands make and is something that funders recognize and require more and more if any future funding applications are to be successful.

To register please email: info@rspbani.org