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30th July 2016

Levengrove Park, Dumbarton


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Welcome to The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association, the heart and home of Pipe Bands world wide. The RSPBA is the recognised Centre of Excellence for the promotion and development of Pipe Band Music internationally.  Its services and facilities include:

  • education, training and certification in Piping, Drumming, Drum Majoring and Pipe Band Adjudication;
  • an annual Summer School
  • an Academy of Pipe Band Musicianship;
  • setting standards of Pipe Band competition performance;
  • organising the World, Scottish, British, UK and European Pipe Band Championships as well as the World Solo Drumming Championships;
  • publishing the official summaries of the results of the 5 Major Championships and the results of other Pipe Band competitions run under RSPBA rules

The RSPBA liaises closely with affiliated Pipe Band Associations world wide.

Headquarters News
with Ian Embelton, Chief Executive

THORNTON
PIPE BAND CONTEST CANCELLED

30th June 2016

Please note that the pipe band contest at Thornton on Saturday 2nd July has been cancelled.

The highland games events will continue as normal.


EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016
ST LAURENCE O'TOOLE - CHAMPIONS

25th June 2016

The 2016 championship season continued at Forres, Moray where spectators once again came in their tens of thousands to witness the European Championships.

The event organisers Piping At Forres reported their largest footfall in the four years the European Championships has been held in Forres.

»Read full article


ABERDEEN GAMES 19TH JUNE
CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER

15th June 2016

Heavy and persistent rain over the past 36 hours has resulted in the cancellation of Aberdeen's Highland Games, which were due to take place on Sunday (19 June) in the city's Hazlehead Park.

Hazlehead Park is currently waterlogged and more rain is forecast until Saturday.

»Read full article


UK CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016
FIELD MARSHAL MONTGOMERY - CHAMPIONS

11th June 2016

The United Kingdom Championships held in Belfast, Northern Ireland marked the 2nd major championship of the 2016 season.

105 bands and 46 Drum Majors made the trip to Belfast for the third year of the event held at the fabulous Stormont venue.

»Read full article


WORLDS TICKETS 2016
NOW ON SALE

26th April 2016

Please note that the entry tickets for the World Pipe Band Championships are now onsale.

Grade 1 Seating for Saturday, as well as General Entry tickets for Friday and Saturday can now be purchased.

»Read full article

CONSULTATIVE PILOT SCHEME 2016
RUNNING AT BELFAST AND FORRES

7th June 2016

The UK and European Championships have been selected to trial a new adjudication consultation process.

The main difference in format being that the adjudicators will be allowed the "option" to confer between performances during each contest.

»Read full article


SUMMER SCHOOL 2016
PIPERS, DRUMMERS AND DRUM MAJORS

3rd June 2016

Following the success of our Summer Schools in 2014 and 2015, The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association is pleased to announce the dates for Summer School 2016.

Summer School 2016 will take place in Glasgow Gaelic School, 147 Berkeley St, Glasgow G3 7HP. This is a fantastic venue that we used last year and was well liked by both tutors and students. The Summer School will run from Monday 1st August until Friday 5th August 2016 and has options for pipers, drummers and drum majors.

»Read full article


BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016
INVERARAY AND DISTRICT - 2016 CHAMPIONS

21st May 2016

The 2016 major championships got underway at Paisley, Renfrewshire. In a new location at St. James playing fields thousands of spectators flocked to watch almost 4000 pipers, drummers and drum majors compete.

147 bands and 40 Drum Majors made the trip to Paisley for the British Championships.

»Read full article


WORLDS TICKETS 2016
NOW ON SALE

26th April 2016

Please note that the entry tickets for the World Pipe Band Championships are now onsale.

Grade 1 Seating for Saturday, as well as General Entry tickets for Friday and Saturday can now be purchased.

»Read full article


EDUCATION NEWS
RECENT CERTIFICATION

2nd April 2016

December was a busy month for students and tutors involved in educational activities throughout Scotland and Northern Ireland. It was a particularly busy month for our PDQB Assessors who were assessing the talents of our talented young pipers and drummers.

George Watson's College Pipes and Drums, Johnstone Pipe Band, the RSPBA Northern Ireland School and Tobermory High School all provided pupils.

»Read full article


WORLD SOLO DRUMMING 2015
FIVE IN A ROW FOR STEVEN

17th October 2015

The final RSPBA events of 2015 took place on Saturday 17th October at the Glasgow Caledonian University.

RSPBA President George Ussher opened the prize giving with the announcement of another 5 years of sponsorship for the event by Andante Drums from Northern Ireland. We would like to extend our thanks to Nigel Hodgen and his team at Andante for their continued support.

»Read full article


WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015
SHOTTS BRING WORLD TITLE BACK TO SCOTLAND

15th August 2015

The 2015 championship season came to a close with the 69th World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow. After two days of competition and four performances, sixteen adjudicators crowned Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia from Scotland Grade 1 World Champions.

»Read full article


SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015
SLOT TAKE DOUBLE VICTORY

25th July 2015

The 2015 championship season continued with the Scottish Championships at Levengrove Park, Dumbarton.

Sunny weather brought an estimated 27,000 spectators along to see 117 bands and 48 drum majors compete for the title of Scottish champion in their respective grades.

»Read full article


EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015
FIELD MARSHAL KEEP ON WINNING

27th June 2015

The 2015 championship season continued at Forres, Moray where spectators once again came in their thousands to witness the European Championships.

99 bands and 39 Drum Majors made the trip to Forres for the final year of the three-year deal to hold the European Championships.

»Read full article


UK CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015
FIELD MARSHAL - 2015 UK CHAMPIONS

13th June 2015

The United Kingdom Championships held in Belfast, Northern Ireland marked the 2nd major championship of the 2015 season.

92 bands and 42 Drum Majors made the trip to Belfast for the second year of the event held at the fabulous Stormont venue.

»Read full article


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