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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

Please support the Arts Council Of Northern Ireland's  campaign for no more cuts to the Arts by signing the online petition here

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 15 December 2014 4:24 PM

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland has commissioned an audit of the Traditional Music Sector and wishes to hear from those involved in delivering traditional music tuition. 

It would be greatly appreciated if bands could please take the time to complete this very important survey. Please also see attached letter. 


Posted in Branch News by Admin on 1 December 2014 3:55 PM

The Branch Fees for 2015 are now open for payment. The details will be collected by the website and payment can be made either by Paypal or Cheque.

To start the process Band Secretaries/Admins should login and then go to their band page. On the right column is a Branch Fees 2015 section, please click the 'Pay Now' button and follow the on screen instructions. If you have any difficulties please contact Ian Burrows in the Branch Office.

Posted in Branch News by Admin on 1 December 2014 3:36 PM

If your band Secretary has changed please contact Ian Burrows in the Branch Office either by Telephone on 02892670445 or by email ian.burrows@rspbani.org

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 27 November 2014 4:39 PM

It is with deep regret that RSPBANI Branch announce the passing of Denver Cardwell on Wednesday 26th November 2014.  Denver was a long time member and supporter of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association (Northern Ireland) Branch and highly respected RSPBA adjudicator. 

As many RSPBANI Branch Officers, Executive and Band members wish to attend  and pay their respects at the Funeral Service,  which is planned for 10:30 a.m.  on the 29th November in Holywood Methodist Church, the start time of the AGM of the Northern Ireland Branch will be postponed from 11.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. sharp  on Saturday.

We apologise if this causes any inconvenience 

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 26 November 2014 3:19 PM

Press release from Major Sinclair Memorial Pipe Band

For your information

The Major Sinclair Memorial Pipe Band is named after Major John Maynard Sinclair the Ulster Unionist Finance minister who lost his life in the Princess Victoria ferry disaster of 1953. The Band was formed in 1957 with amalgamation of the William Johnston Memorial and the Emanuel Pipe Bands.

The Band wear the Black Stewart tartan and are Graded 4A by the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association for competitions both at home and in Scotland. It can also be found playing at various parades, festivals and summer concerts throughout the local area. Band practices are held in the Torrens Hall, Doagh from 19.00 - 21.00 every Tuesday evening, and Wednesday from 19.00 to 21.00.

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Dear Editor,
Major Sinclair Memorial Pipe Band, would like to thank the people of Ballyclare and the Ballyclare Office of the Democratic Unionist Party for their support. We had a spectacular evening of Piping, Drumming, Irish and Scottish dancing and the first outing for our new traditional music group called DR-one Direction at our Wee Gatherin’ Concert, in the town hall.

We were greatly received by the audience, the reception we got let us know that we were playing all the tunes they love to hear. One of the many highlights of the evening was Rev McCrea taking to the stage and treating us to a few tunes, where he was joined by our compare Billy McFarland from the vibrant days of the show-bands. Together they made a formidable team.

One lady had travelled from Larne to see us and said “ It was wonderful to see the Band tonight, I have followed you on and off for years. and you just get better and better. I really enjoyed the Abba group stuff. Great to see so many young ones too”.

We met with many old friends on the night and made many new ones. You can become a friend of the band too by following us on Facebook.

If you didn’t manage to catch the concert you can view many clips on our Facebook page.

We are putting together an oral and photographic history of The Band, anyone with any memories should contact Kim on 02894 432412.

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 4 November 2014 3:41 PM

Cullybackey Pipe Band presents Fred Morrison on the 7th March, 2015 in the Michelin Club Ballymena, families welcome tickets are £10:00 and includes light supper.

This promises to be a great night and a pre season get together! Tickets are now available from any band member or by contacting Cullybackey's facebook page or by email; cullybackeypb@googlemail.com