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Posted by Lindsey Ellis on 27 July 2010 11:15 PM

Local and International Piping Stars to Strut their stuff in ONE-NIGHT-ONLY Fundraiser Event
 
­The Banbridge Pipe Band proudly presents 'A Night O' Blow-ins', a one-time-only of local and international prize-winning soloists. Being held at the Banbridge Rugby Club in Banbridge, Co. Down, on Saturday, 07 August 2010, the night of good craic and great piping will feature Alex Gandy of Halifax, Canada, Kevin Rogers of Kilkeel, Northern Ireland, Jonathan Greenlees of Lisburn, Northern Ireland, and Ian Lyons, a native of Banbridge and now from Melbourne, Australia.

'We are so honoured and excited to have these four fantastic pipers perform at our event,' says Meaghan Proudfoot, event organizer and Banbridge Pipe Band member. 'There is such an excellent array of superstar soloists in Northern Ireland that week for the PipeUP! Festival and we want to wrap the week up with a laid back event that¹s all about good craic and great piping.'

All four pipers are donating their time and talent to help the Banbridge Pipe Band raise funds for new uniforms. Each is a prize-winning soloist and a member of a top grade one competitive pipe band. The evening will have an 'International meets Northern Ireland' theme with each soloist performing a 25-30 minute set of their choosing.

The Banbridge Pipe band was founded in 1952 and continues to serve the community through performances and the teaching of beginning pipers and drummers. Currently led by Pipe Major Leigh Anderson, it competes at the Grade 3B level. Find out more by visiting us online at
http://www.facebook.com/banbridgepipeband

For all media enquiries:
Meaghan Proudfoot
e. meaghanproudfoot@gmail.com
m. 075 6420 6589

Posted by Mervyn Herron on 1 February 2010 5:29 PM

The Outlet at Bridgewater Park Banbridge and Travel Solutions of Belfast have just agreed support for our 8th May street parade after the contest.  Both companies are long standing supporters to the Pipe Band Association.

Posted by Mervyn Herron on 22 January 2010 6:45 PM

Planning for this new outdoor contest are gathering pace. The Local Council have agreed financial support for this event and all thinks are being put in place. This contest will replace the indoor contest in Banbridge for this year. Solitude Park has been given a face lift recently and because it is in the centre of town it was agreed to promote this event in the new facility. With a parade of the town for great cash prizes in the region of £1000 this event should prove popular with the bands .

It will be a free day for those attending. More details will be issued soon

Posted by Mervyn Herron on 26 October 2009 7:16 PM

The Annual Meeting will be held on the 4th November at 8pm in the Millbrook Lodge Hotel and not the 28th October as previously communicated.

 

Please plan to attend and air your views on section business. Reports will be given on our current position.

Posted by Mervyn Herron on 20 June 2009 10:49 PM

The results on the piping festival are attached. The weather was very unsettled at Portadown today with frequent showers this did not mar what was a very successful event for the section.

This event saw the return to competitions St Josephs Glassdrumman and The Police Service Band who finished with a 4th place.

Well done to all who took part.

Posted by Mervyn Herron on 7 June 2009 5:18 PM

The Craigavon and Armagh Piping Festival update. Please see attached for information on the band draw and times. Also i have attached a map of the Chambers Park. All people attending this contest will enter the site via the lower Bridge Street entrance and park as directed.This event will start at 11.30am we have 55 bands and with grade one playing a MSR and Medley sets we need the extra time slot

During the event we will have on stage a variety of dancers some interactive for the public to join in.  

Posted by Mervyn Herron on 31 May 2009 1:42 PM

Update

60 bands have entered our contest on the 20th June. This event will start at 11 30am. A feature of the contest will be the grade one bands will play a MSR set drawn on the line followed by a medley of their own choice. The  section will also stage dancing displays from local groups & other attractions for all the family.  

Posted by Mervyn Herron on 8 May 2009 9:17 PM

After a number of years the pipe band scene will return to the spacious grounds of Portadown Rugby Football Club at Chambers Park. The event will take place on the 20th June from 12 noon. More details will follow.