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Posted 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


Co Down Section RSPBANI

Posted 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 by Ian Burrows on 15 October 2018 3:12 PM

The County Down Section A.G.M. will be held in the Millbrook Lodge Hotel on Thursday 25th of October at 7.30 p.m.

Posted by Ian Burrows on 31 May 2018 12:56 PM

The draw for the Craigavon & District Championships is now online and can be accessed by clicking here.

Posted by Ian Burrows on 23 April 2018 2:07 PM

A meeting of the County Down Section will be held in the Millbrook Lodge Hotel, Ballynahinch on Wednesday, 2nd of May at 8.00 pm.

Posted by Ian Burrows on 30 June 2017 9:41 PM

The RSPBANI Branch County Down Section recently held a prize draw for a set of Peter Henderson Bagpipes which were kindly donated by R.G. Hardie and Company, Glasgow. The draw raised £1000.00 for the Northern Ireland Children's Hospice.

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Lorraine Ronaldson (President of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association, Co. Down Section) and the Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, Alderman Gareth Wilson (Chieftain of the Day) pictured presenting a cheque for £1000 to Diane Cherry (NI Children’s Hospice) at the Craigavon & District Pipe Band and Drum Major Championships in Lurgan Park on Saturday 17th June 2017.  The money was raised in a prize draw for a set of bagpipes and looking on is Richard Parkes MBE (Pipe Major of Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band) with the set of bagpipes which were donated for the prize draw by R.G. Hardie & Co from Glasgow.  Photo by John Kelly.

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Alastair Dunn, (Managing Director of R.G. Hardie Bagpipes) presents the pipes to the winner of the prize draw, Robert Smith from Ayrshire.

Posted by Ian Burrows on 2 June 2017 11:41 AM

The RSPBANI County Down Section are holding a prize draw in aid of the Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice for a set of Peter Henderson Bagpipes kindly donated by RG Hardie and Co. Ltd.

Tickets cost £1.00 and will be available to purchase at the Craigavon and District Pipe Band Championships in Lurgan Park on the 17th of June, or by contacting 02892670445 or emailing info@rspbani.org

Posted by Ian Burrows on 1 June 2017 3:47 PM

Motor Home Parking- Craigavon and District Pipe Band Championships.

Overnight parking for Motor Homes is available in Lurgan Park on Friday 16th June, the cost is £10.00. To receive a pass please make payment out to RSPBANI County Down Section and send in a stamped addressed envelope to 3 Rocklands, Annahilt, Hillsborough, Co. Down, BT26 6NU