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Posted by Ian Burrows on 28 February 2017 3:54 PM

The Leinster Solo Piping and Drumming Championships will be held on the 11th of March, in Palmerstown Community School, commencing at noon. Entries online by clicking here

Posted by Ian Burrows on 16 February 2017 1:07 PM

Please see attached syllabus and entry from for the 2017 Cullbackey Pipe Band 30th Annual Solos, which is being held in  in Cullybackey College, on Saturday, 8th April 2017.

Posted by Ian Burrows on 14 February 2017 1:39 PM

Meaghan Lyons was on Belfast's U105 this morning speaking to Pamela Ballantine about 'Live Back in Ireland 87'. If you missed it, click here to listen again: 

Posted by Ian Burrows on 14 February 2017 12:58 PM

Please see attached poster for details of Lisnamulligan Pipe Band Concert on Saturday 1st, April, 2017.

Posted by Ian Burrows on 6 February 2017 1:43 PM

RSPBANI are delighted to announce that the cast of ‘Live Back in Ireland 87’ are willing to give a young piper and drummer the chance to play on stage with them during the re-enactment of the famous 1987 Ballymena concert.

To give as many as possible the opportunity to join with the All Star cast, Pipe Major Bill Livingstone has suggested that the opportunity for the young pipe and drummer to be the “Young Stars of Live Back in Ireland ‘87” is offered out as follows:

  1. All Grade One, Grade Two and Grade 3A pipe bands registered with the RSPBA NI are invited to nominate one piper and one drummer to perform on stage with the ‘Live Back in Ireland 87’ cast on 25 February 2017 at the Belfast Waterfront.

           The nominated piper and drummer must meet the following criteria:

  • They must be a registered member of the band
  • They must be under the age of 18 as of 25 February 2017
  • They must be able to attend rehearsals of the ‘Live Back in Ireland 87’ show in Belfast on the evenings on Thursday, 23 February and Friday, 24 February
  1. The piper and drummer will join the cast on stage for the performance of the show’s opening number, The Lord Lovat’s Lament, and the 3rd set of the show, the 6/8 marches Ishabel T.MacDonald (John MacDonald, South Uist), Cameron MacFadyen (Duncan Johnstone) and Fairview Cottage (T Green).
  1. A draw to select the winning piper and drummer will be held on Friday 17th February 2017 and the winning names announced on the RSPBANI Web & Social Media sites.

           As well as joining with the band the following will be on offer:

  • Two tickets for the show will be made available to the Pipers and Drummers guests.
  • A bagpipe chanter and drum sticks will be provided to the piper and drummer to play in the show and which they may keep as souvenirs afterward.

We would be delighted to receive nominations from all RSPBANI registered U18 pipers and drummers, we have attached the piping sheet music, the drumming sheet music will follow.

For a once in a lifetime opportunity please submit your entry to the RSBANI office via email – ian.burrows@rspbani.org or to the Branch Secretary, danielle.mccartney@rspbani.org.

Good luck to all the young pipers and drummers!

Posted by Ian Burrows on 3 February 2017 12:17 PM

Please note that the Tenor Drum Workshop scheduled for tomorrow in the Royal Hotel, Cookstown has been postponed due to for unforeseen circumstances. A new date for this workshop will be advised of shortly.

Posted by Ian Burrows on 1 February 2017 2:47 PM

Please see details of Drum Major tuition in Castlederg.

Posted by Ian Burrows on 31 January 2017 2:14 PM

Annsborough Pipe Band are oholding a fundraising Race Night in Annsborough Hall on Saturday, 4th of March 2017 from 8.30pm. The admission price is £3 and in addition to the Races there will be a Disco, Bar and lots of craic.

The event is being held to boost their new uniform fund and as with such events there are a number of race sponsorship options available, details of which can be had from Jimmy Rooney on 07784 646572. Jimmy can also advise on general information and ticket details in respect of the event.

For those not familiar with the venue for the event, Annsborough Hall is located just outside Castlewellan on the Ballylough Road off the Castlewellan to Clough Road.