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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.

Posted in Co. Down News by Ian Burrows on 26 November 2018 1:17 PM

The question was asked at last years AGM “What is Ensemble?” and sadly no-one could answer this question. The Co Down Section have taken the decision to address this subject by hosting a presentation/seminar to assist the bands in better understanding this vitally important subject.

This is a one-off opportunity to enable the Bands to improve and enhance their musical potential at all levels through Piping, Snare, Bass and Tenor drumming. The presentation will be based on the RSPBA Structured Learning principles. The main presenter will be Alan Ronaldson with other invited guest speakers in attendance.

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. Please email the numbers of your band who wish to attend to lorraine.ronaldson@rspbani.org.

Kind regards to you all

Lorraine Ronaldson

President

Co Down Section RSPBANI

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.