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Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 8 May 2018 6:06 PM

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Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 8 May 2018 5:22 PM

Inveraray & District ‘Live in Ballymena’

As part of their 70th-year celebrations, Ballybriest Pipe Band hosted a great evening of entertainment at the ‘Live in Ballymena’ concert at the Tullyglass House Hotel, Ballymena on Friday 4th May featuring current World Champion pipe band Inveraray & District (Scotland).  This was the first time that Inveraray has put on a concert in Northern Ireland and under the direction of Pipe Major Stuart Liddell and Lead Drummer Steven McWhirter (who recently won his eighth World Solo drumming title) this was a not to be missed event.  There was a special treat for the (over 800) pipe bands enthusiasts who attended as Pipe Major Richard Parkes MBE (Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band) joined the members of Inveraray on stage and played a selection of tunes.  The compere was Mark Wilson who added his extensive knowledge of piping and drumming as he introduced each set of tunes.

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Pipe Major Jason Black (Ballybriest Pipe Band), Pipe Major Stuart Liddell (Inveraray & District Pipe Band) and Winston Pinkerton (RSPBANI President) pictured at the ‘Live in Ballymena’ concert at the Tullyglass House Hotel, Ballymena on Friday 4th May.

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 2 May 2018 2:04 PM

The Quinn Memorial Pipe Band are taking a coach to the British Pipe Band Championships in Paisley on 19th May.

Coach leaving Killygullib and travelling to Belfast for 7.30 am Stena Line ferry to Cairnryan before travelling on To the championships returning on the 11. 00 pm sailing from Cairnryan. Some spaces still available, for further details, contact Gary Smyth or any member of the band.

 Also, the ladies are running a Spring Tea tomorrow evening (Thursday 3rd May)  in the Hall to raise funds starting at 7.30pm all welcome.  Admission £3.00.

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 2 May 2018 1:57 PM

The draw for the Ards and North Down Championships can be viewed by clicking here.

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 2 May 2018 1:55 PM

Gransha Pipe Band - Country and Gospel Concert

Dromore High School

Saturday 28th April

7.30pm

Gransha Pipe Band held their annual ‘Country and Gospel Concert’ at Dromore High School on Saturday 28th April.  Local radio personality and country & gospel singer Warren Smyth hosted and compered a great evening of entertainment featuring:  Gransha Pipe Band, five times Ulster Solo Piping Champion Ashley McMichael (Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band), Country Harmony, Billy McFarland, Thomas Milligan, Kate Weir, Caitlin and County Armagh Drum Majors.  Under the direction of Pipe Major James Knox MBE, the band performed some set pieces from their forthcoming competition repertoire:  Drum Sergeant Samuel Smith and Gransha drum corps and also the tenor drummers, each gave a separate performance.  The tenor drummers who played in ultraviolet lighting had been tutored by Emma Frazer who recently won the ‘Ulster Junior Solo Tenor Drumming Champion’ title.

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Pipe Major James Knox MBE (Gransha Pipe Band) pictured at the band’s ‘Country and Gospel Concert’ at Dromore High School on Saturday 28th April.

Article and photo: John Kelly.

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 25 April 2018 1:43 PM

Ulster Solo Piping & Drumming Championships

Lisnagarvey High School, Lisburn

Saturday 21st April

Ashley McMichael wins ‘Senior Ulster Solo Piping Champion’ title for the fifth time.

The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association, Northern Ireland Branch (RSPBANI) held the Ulster Solo Piping & Drumming Championships at Lisnagarvey High School, Lisburn on Saturday 21st April.  Antrim man Ashley McMichael (Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band) won the ‘Senior Ulster Solo Piping Champion’ title for the fifth time; the runner-up was Kris Coyle (Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band) with Ben Greeves (Drumlough Pipe Band) third.  The Senior Drumming Overall was won by William Glenholmes (Vale of Atholl Pipe Band); the runner-up was Jason Hoy (Vale of Atholl Pipe Band) with Gareth McLees (Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band) third.  The special guest was Cllr Hazel Legge (Deputy Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council) who presented the awards.

Results:

Piping: Novice Practice Chanter: 1st Jake McAllister. Advanced Practice Chanter: 1st Ben Gilmore. Novice Piping: Thomas Winters.  Juvenile Piping Under 14:  1st Jonathan Gibson. Juvenile Piping Under 16: 1st Mark Warnock. Juvenile Piping 18 & Under:  1 Beth Preston. Junior Piping C Grade:  1st Ryan Cupples-Menendez. Intermediate Piping B Grade:  1st John McElmurry. Senior MSR: Ashley McMichael. Senior Hornpipe & Jig: Alistair Donaghy. Senior Piping Overall: 1st Ashley McMichael. Under 16 Piobaireachd: 1st Emma Ferguson. Under18 Piobaireachd:  1st Emma Livingstone.  B Piobaireachd: 1st Beth Preston. A Piobaireachd:  1st John McElmurry.

Drumming: Novice Drum Pad: 1st Matthew Steenson. Advanced Drum Pad: 1st Harry Gates. Unaccompanied Solo Drum: 1st Conor Gallagher. Under 14: 1st Jamie Kerr. Under 16: 1st Ashley Fyffe. Junior: 1st Steven McGall. Intermediate: 1st Dean Smyth. Senior MSR: Jason Hoy. Senior Hornpipe & Jig: 1st William Glenholmes. Senior Drumming Overall:  1st William Glenholmes.

Bass & Tenor: Open Bass: 1st Robert Coady. Under 14 Tenor: Holly Purvis. Under 16 Tenor: Aoife Bissett. Junior Tenor: Emma Frazer.  The qualifiers for the World Solo Drumming Championships from the NI Branch heat were William Glenholmes, Gareth McLees, Jason Hoy and Marcus Wenlock.

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Ulster Senior Solo Piping Champion 2018:   

Ashley McMichael (Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band) pictured after receiving the ‘Ulster Senior Solo Piping Champion’ trophy at the Ulster Solo Piping & Drumming Championships at Lisnagarvey High School, Lisburn on Saturday 21st April.  Ashley was also third in Piobaireachd.

Article and photo: John Kelly.

Posted in Co. Down News 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 in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 21 April 2018 9:50 PM

Please click here to view photos from today's Ulster Solo Championships.

Photos by Brian Hasson.