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Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 28 January 2015 12:21 PM

Cullybackey Pipe Band present Fred Morrison in Concert 7/3/15.

This promises to be a fantastic night out with support acts from The Big Rab Show, Rachel McLeister and Cullybackey Pipe Band pipers also providing entertainment along with Fred Morrison himself.

Tickets are priced at only £10, including a light supper.

 Why not make it a band night out and have a pre season catch up!

You can buy tickets from any Cullybackey member, via PayPal or credit/debit card (link below). Tickets may not be available on the night due to restrictions on numbers. Families welcome! 


Posted in Branch News by Mervyn Herron on 23 January 2015 7:21 PM

The Annual Ulster Solos which will incorporate tenor drumming will be held on the 18th April in Monkstown School. Would all soloists keep this date  free.

Entry forms will be out soon

Mervyn Herron

Contest Administrator

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 15 January 2015 10:42 PM

Champioship Dates for 2015



April 18th

Ulster Solos - Monkstown

May 16th

North Down and Ards Championships - Bangor

May 23rd

Co Fermanagh  Championships

May 30th

British Championships - Bathgate

June 6th

Mid – Ulster Championships

June 13th

UK Championships - Belfast

June 20th

Craigavon and District - Championships

June 27th

European Championships - Forres

July 4th

All Ireland Championships - Omagh

July 11th


July 18th

County Antrim Championships - Glenarm

July 25th

Scottish Championships - Dumbarton

August 1st

City of Lisburn Championships

August 8th

Ulster Championships - Rostrevor

August 14th/15th

World Championships - Glasgow

August 22nd

North West Championships - Portrush

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 11 January 2015 4:42 PM

Tamlaght O'Crilly Pipe Band  are looking out for experienced pipers, drummers and tenor drummers to join the band for 2015 season. 

They are also are looking for beginners to join their beginner classes, if you are interested please contact Pipe Major  Mark Adair, 07546042429, Leading Drummer John Beverland, 07739902757, Lee Elliott, 07563003564 or any band member.

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 6 January 2015 6:49 PM

The Irish Piobaireachd Society Annual Contest will take place on 7th February,2015 commencing at 10.00am in the Firgrove Hotel, Mitchelstown Co. Cork,

There will also be a Masterclass by Colin MacLellan [taking place immediately after the contest].
Please find entry details attached.

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 6 January 2015 6:42 PM

Cottown Pipe Band are currently looking for anyone who's interested in learning pipes or drums. Tuition is free and the band meets on Monday evenings at 8pm in Ballygrainey Orange Hall, Road Ends, Bangor. 

Further information can be found on the bands Facebook page or contact their P/M John Griffiths on 07870107384.

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 17 December 2014 3:04 PM

I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone in the Pipe band Community and our supporters a very merry, peaceful Christmas and a happy New Year.

Looking back over the 2014 year, whilst the number of our bands who achieved world titles was not as high as in the recent past, we were all thrilled for Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band in winning the Grade 1 World Championship title for the 4th consecutive year.  What a magnificent achievement and we are very proud to have them as one of our own bands.  We had a great season and a reasonably kind year weather-wise apart from the horrendous conditions for the County Antrim Championships at Larne which led to the unprecedented step of having to postpone the competition despite all avenues being explored on the day to proceed with it. We also have had terrific numbers of students attending our RSPBANI School and it is heartening to see the demand from those who wish to participate in our education projects.

I wish to pay tribute to the Officers of the Branch, the Branch Executive, the Committees, our Project Officer Ian Burrows and all our volunteers, individuals, groups and bands who have worked so hard and with good humour to enable our contests, school, events, marketing, public relations, website, social media, financial arrangements etc. to be delivered so well.  It really is very much appreciated.

I look forwards to seeing you all in the New Year

Ray Hall

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 16 December 2014 3:31 PM

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