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25th July 2015

Levngrove 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.

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with Ian Embelton, Chief Executive

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.

Before the bands arrived, Chief Executive Ian Embelton and Chairman Gordon Hamill were in Forres on Friday to sign a new 3 year deal keeping the European Championships in Moray until 2018.

The Board of Directors sincerely apologise to the Adult Drum Majors for the incorrect announcement that was made on the park. This will be corrected at the Scottish Championships on 25th July.

Thanks to RSPBA Photographer Peter Hazzard we have another huge gallery of pictures of the prize winners and the event.

Click here for the gallery of prize winners. This gallery currently excludes Adult Drum Majors, again we apologise for the error, we will add the gallery after the correct presentation at the Scottish Championships.

Click here for the gallery throughout the day.

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The Adult Drum Major title was won by Alicia Dickson Hamilton from Matt Boyd Memorial, this was Alicia's first championship victory since her Scottish title in 2013.

Zoe McDowell from Aughintober won the Juvenile grade, winning her first Juvenile title after stepping up from the Junior grade for this season with a clean sweep in 2014.

Abigail Wenlockand from Cullybackey won the Junior grade, her first ever championship.

DM Alicia Dickson

The Grade 1 title went to Field Marshal Montgomery on an Ensemble Preference, Field Marshal continue an amazing run winning 12 of the last 13 championships. The Grade 1 drumming title went to St Laurence O'Toole from Eire under Leading Drummer Stephen Creighton.


Field Marshal Montgomery - European Champions

St Laurence O'Toole - European Champions

Shotts and Dykehead again took the runners-up spot, they finished on equal points to Field Marshal losing on Ensemble Preference. St Laurence O'Toole (Eire), Scottish Power, Inveraray and District and Peoples Ford - Boghall and Bathgate Caledonia completed the Grade 1 prize list.

The other European Champions on the day were:

Grade 2 Band - Johnstone
Grade 2 Drumming - Buchan Peterson

Grade 3A Band - City of Discovery
Grade 3A Drumming - City of Discovery

Grade 3B Band - Portlethen and District
Grade 3B Drumming - Wallacestone and District

Grade Juvenile Band - Dollar Academy
Grade Juvenile Drumming - George Watson's College

Grade 4A Band - Methil and District
Grade 4A Drumming - Denny and Dunipace Gleneagles

Grade 4B Band - Lanark and District
Grade 4B Drumming - Lanark and District

Grade Novice Band - Dollar Academy
Grade Novice Drumming - George Watons's College

Complete summaries of the event can be found by clicking here for bands or clicking here for drum majors.

Ian Embelton
Chief Executive

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.

After missing the British Championships we're delighted to welcome back RSPBA Photographer Peter Hazzard we will have a another gallery of pictures coming this week.

Click here for the gallery of prize winners.

Click here for the gallery throughout the day.

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Our Twitter feed attracted its 5000th follower and was again very popular during the results service. We will also be retweeting any images of prize winning bands, so if you have an image to share please mention @RSPBAHQ and we will retweet any we get.

The Drum Majors events provided a clean sweep for the Northern Ireland branch members with DM Paula Braiden from Cullybackey lifting the Adult grade for the second year running, Lauren Abraham from Ballybriest winning the Juvenile grade and Beth Preston from Bessbrook Crimson Arrow winning the Junior grade. Lauren makes it two championships in a row after both winning the British title in May.

DM Paula Braiden

The Grade 1 title also went to Northern Ireland with Field Marshal Montgomery led by Pipe Major Richard Parkes MBE claiming their 2nd title of the 2015 season. The Grade 1 drumming title went to Greater Glasgow Police Pipe Band under Leading Drummer Eric Ward, the corps also taking their 2nd title of the 2015 season.


Field Marshal Montgomery - British Champions

St Laurence O'Toole - British Champions

Shotts and Dykehead had their best result since 2009 taking the runners-up spot finishing 4 points behind Field Marshal Montgomery. Inveraray and District, St Laurence O'Toole (Eire), Greater Glasgow Police Pipe Band and Peoples Ford Boghall and Bathgate Caledonia completed the Grade 1 prize list.

The other UK Champions on the day were:

Grade 2 Band - Bleary and District
Grade 2 Drumming - Buchan Peterson

Grade 3A Band - Isle of Islay
Grade 3A Drumming - Aughintober

Grade 3B Band - Upper Crossgare
Grade 3B Drumming - Upper Crossgare

Grade Juvenile Band - Dollor Academy
Grade Juvenile Drumming - George Watson's College

Grade 4A Band - Marlcoo and District
Grade 4A Drumming - Cleland Memorial

Grade 4B Band - Royal Burgh of Stirling
Grade 4B Drumming - Royal Burgh of Stirling

Grade Novice Band - Stirling and District Schools
Grade Novice Drumming - Ulster-Scots Agency

Complete summaries of the event can be found by clicking here for bands or clicking here for drum majors.

Ian Embelton
Chief Executive

BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015
FIELD MARSHAL - 2015 BRITISH CHAMPIONS

31st May 2015

The 2015 major championships got underway at Bathgate, West Lothian. For the third year running we had glorious sunshine at the event bringing in thousands of spectators to watch almost 4000 pipers, drummers and drum majors compete. This was the third and final year of the Championships in Bathgate and for 2015 they moved to the larger facilities up at Balbardie Park of Peace.

124 bands and 33 Drum Majors made the trip to Bathgate for the British Championships.

Thanks to Alan Binnie from West Lothian College who stood in for our RSPBA Photographer on the day. Alan has given us over 100 images from the day which you can browse below.

Click here for the gallery.

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Our Twitter feed has now grown to almost 5,000 followers and was again very popular. We provided updates throughout the day on qualification results, every drum major; best drum corps and band results as they were announced. We will also be retweeting any images of prize winning bands, so if you have an image to share please mention @RSPBAHQ and we will retweet any we get.

The Drum Majors events saw DM Liam Renton from Inveraray and District winning the Adult grade, Lauren Abraham from Ballybriest winning the Juvenile grade and Kathy Hunter from Manorcunningham (Eire) winning the Junior grade.

DM Liam Renton

The Grade 1 title went to Northern Ireland's Field Marshal Montgomery led by Pipe Major Richard Parkes MBE claiming their 7th consecutive British Championship title. The Grade 1 drumming title went to Greater Glasgow Police Pipe Band under Leading Drummer Eric Ward.


Field Marshal Montgomery - British Champions

Greater Glasgow Police - British Drumming Champions

Inveraray and District took the runners-up spot finishing 5 points behind Field Marshal Montgomery. Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia, St Laurence O'Toole (Eire), Greater Glasgow Police Pipe Band and local favourites Peoples Ford Boghall and Bathgate Caledonia completed the Grade 1 prize list.

The other British Champions on the day were:

Grade 2 Band - Bleary and District
Grade 2 Drumming - Buchan Peterson

Grade 3A Band - Isle of Islay
Grade 3A Drumming - Ballybriest

Grade 3B Band - Portlethen and District
Grade 3B Drumming - Upper Crossgare

Grade Juvenile Band - Dollar Academy
Grade Juvenile Drumming - George Watson's College

Grade 4A Band - Arbroath Royal British Legion
Grade 4A Drumming - Denny and Dunipace Gleneagles

Grade 4B Band - Lanark and District
Grade 4B Drumming - Lanark and District

Grade Novice Band - Dollar Academy
Grade Novice Drumming - Dollar Academy

Complete summaries of the event can be found by clicking here for bands or clicking here for drum majors.

Ian Embelton
Chief Executive

WORK WITHIN THE
RSPBA ADJUDICATORS PANEL

24th April 2015

The roll of the adjudicator can often be a thankless task. Nevertheless they are very much a necessary part of our competing circuit within the RSPBA calendar. The panel provides adjudicators for approx 60 UK contest venues annually and numerous overseas events upon request. This translates into almost a thousand competition performances at major championships and almost 2000 performances at minor contests and regional championships. Rain, hail or shine there is always a band waiting at the line for a critique to help them on their journey to the highest level they can successfully achieve.

The success and growth in the art of piping, drumming and drum majoring within pipe bands has meant that grading and restructuring is a constant and ongoing project. In conjunction with the Board of Directors, the music board and various educational arms of the organization, the adjudicators panel strive to meet the demands and expectations of the competitors, the audience, the administrators and often the media in delivering a hopefully professional service and product to the customer whether they be inside and outside the circle.

Performance Analysis

Results often fuel debate and dissatisfaction as well as celebration for those competing in the events. Placing multiple performances in order of merit in what could be described as a somewhat subjective art form, is no mean feat. Especially when we live in a digital world of instant aural and video recall reliving the assessed moments of a musical performance. The adjudicator lives with no such luxury when it comes to live performances. He gets one chance to hear it and one chance to write it with only a pen and reputation to support the final outcome. To help improve and keep abreast of musical and administrative changes the panel run annual training workshops to help cope with the growing demands and refresh musical critique skills. To this end an Adjudicators development Group has been formed to coordinate and circulate professional development and training across a full spectrum of topics within pipe band music and adjudication. As well as monitoring and mentoring adjudicators it also has a remit to ensure continuity and preparation of our new recruits and future adjudicators meeting the standards and experience criteria in conjunction with the management group.

Looking back over any competing season certain anomalies are often flagged up when judges take a differing view of a particular performance whilst judging a pipe band competition. This often sparks great debate amongst competitors and enthusiasts as to which judge they most agree with. Its inevitable that differing views will crop up in assessing any type of art form nevertheless a monitored overview is carried out to ensure that these anomalies are scrutinised and see if there is a logical reason for this or if we can learn from that particular situation in question. Different tastes and perspectives will always muddy the waters when trying to achieve absolute consistent order of merit from a group of adjudicators. However that does not prevent us from trying to achieve the almost impossible.

During our monitoring sessions several positive findings and observations were uncovered during analysis. It can be observed that a slightly lower success rate was achieved at the major contests although still achieving reasonably well in the high percentages. It was also observed that more than half of the anomalies occur in grade 4. Suggesting that larger entries and lower grade performances present a greater challenge to the panel.

Here are some of the statistics when viewing consistency of placing

Minor contests

  • Piping marks within 6 placings 99.3%
  • Piping marks within 5 placings 98.0%
  • Piping marks within 4 placings 95.7%
  • Piping marks within 3 placings 92.0%

Major Championships

  • Piping marks within 6 placings 94.5%
  • Piping marks within 5 placings 92.5%
  • Piping marks within 4 placings 87.9%
  • Piping marks within 3 placings 80.0%

Training Projects

The current adjudicators approved list of adjudicators boasts a membership of 26 unattached Piping, 5 attached piping, 4 attached piping overseas, 11 drumming unattached, 4 drumming attached, 2 overseas drumming and 8 drum majors unattached. Totaling a current membership of 60 RSPBA Adjudicators. Within the current membership 10 are listed as approved ensemble adjudicators.

A course is currently under way training an additional 6 ensemble adjudicators which should be the end of the 2015 season.

The next piping and drumming new intake adjudicator training course will commence in May 2015.

The 2015 Adjudicator Information Meetings were held at regional centres on the following dates.

Glasgow - Sunday 29th March
N Ireland - Saturday 21st March
Glasgow - Sunday 12th April

Robert Mathieson
Adjudicator Secretary

PIPEATHON HELP
WITNESSES REQUIRED

18th March 2015

On Wednesday 12th August during Piping Live Piper Rikki Evans sets out on a Guinness Book of Records attempt over 24 hours at The National Piping Centre in Glasgow.

Rikki aims to raise £15,000 for 5 different charities.

Pipeathon Record Attempt 2015

As well as looking for sponsorship for his causes Rikki also requires the services of a minimum of 6 volunteers for the whole 24 hour attempt. Three of which need to be either pipe majors, pipe sergeants or piping judges.

If you can assist Rikki with his volunteers or if you can donate to his cause then here's some links of interest

Donations via Just Giving

Check out the Pipeathon Facebook Page

Check out the Pipeathon Twitter Page

Ian Embelton
Chief Executive

SHOTTS TO PLAY 2015 CONCERT
'REINVENTED' MAY 2nd 2015

17th January 2015

Bucksburn and District Pipe Band are very pleased to announce that 15 times world champions and current world drumming champions Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band will guest their 5th Pre-season concert on the 2nd May 2015.

"REINVENTED" LIVE PIPE BAND CONCERT with BUCKSBURN & DISTRICT and SHOTTS & DYKEHEAD CALEDONIA PIPE BANDS.

Shotts - Reinvented 2015

The current World Drumming Champions and 15 times World Pipe Band Champions Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band will grace the stage in 2015 with hosts Bucksburn and District Pipe Band at the 5th annual North of Scotland Pipe Band Concert.

Following on from the huge success of Field Marshal Montgomery's concert in May 2014, Pipe Major Ryan Canning and Leading Drummer Jim Kilpatrick will bring their Band to Aberdeen on 2nd May 2015.

The Concert kick starts the pipe band season with great interest. Pipe band members and supporters join together under one roof and look forward to a good night of entertainment and meeting of old and new friends just 3 weeks before the first championship competition in Bathgate.

Gus McAskill, Bucksburn President said "Every concert to date has given something very special to the Northeast of Scotland and "Reinvented" will be no different with the current World Drumming champions adding to what I'm sure will be extra special for the drumming lovers in the audience. Ryan and Jim have "Reinvented" the band and continue to build on their success from 2014 with the band's first live concert in years. Ryan has given Shotts a new lease of life with his enthusiasm, knowledge and of course his reputation as one of the most popular composers working today. Its going to be another fantastic night.

Ryan Canning Shotts Pipe Major said "Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band are delighted to have been asked to take part in Bucksburn & District's widely acclaimed, and now annual, Aberdeen concert. For us, this is the perfect opportunity to get Shotts back on a concert stage for the first time in many years. It's another big step forward for the band as we work on developing a brand new concert repertoire, which we're excited to debut in May."

Tickets available here.

Gus McAskill, Bucksburn and District Pipe Band

WORLD SOLO DRUMMING 2014
FOUR IN A ROW FOR STEVEN

18th October 2014

The final RSPBA events of 2014 took place on Saturday 18th October at the Glasgow Caledonian University.

2014 WSD Winners

The annual Andante sponsored World Solo Drumming event as well as the International Solo Tenor competition drew large entries with 151 snare drummers and 44 tenor drummers travelling from all over the World.

A huge thanks to RSPBA photographer Peter Hazzard for all his pictures on the day, Peter captured many competitors throughout the day as well as the prizes.

Click Here for the gallery of prize winners.

Click Here for the gallery of the day.

Drummers from George Watson's College - Scotland, won both the Juvenile March events with James Strachan winning Juvenile March Section 1 and Georgia Parry winning Juvenile March Section 2.

The Juvenile MSR events were much more decisive than previous years with all 3 champions taking 2 x first places from the judges. Reed Cameron from Peoples Ford Boghall and Bathgate Caledonia won the Juvenile 1 MSR event whilst the Wenlock brothers from Cullybackey celebrated with Matthew retaining the Juvenile 2 MSR event and Marcus winning the Juvenile 3 MSR event.

The Adult event was won by Steven McWhirter (Inveraray and District - Scotland). Steven claimed his fifth Adult title after previous wins in 2006, 2011, 2012 and 2013. Steven won the event by 12 points winning both the MSR and Hornpipe and Jig events with 4 first places from a possible 6.  Second place went to Michael McKenna (St Laurence O'Toole - Eire) with Blair Brown (Shotts and Dykehead - Scotland) finishing in third place.

2012 WSD Winners

Full summaries of the World Solo Drumming event can be found by clicking here.

Being held on the same day and in the same venue was the International Juvenile Solo Tenor drumming event. Again the judging parity continued as four of the five events saw winners with straight first places.

The Juvenile 1 March event was retained by Kerr McQuillan (Boghall and Bathgate Caledonia - Scotland) who also took a 3rd placing in the Snare Drumming. Juvenile 2 March event was won by Nicole Kirk (West Lothian Schools - Scotland). Juvenile 3 MSR event was won by Neave Johnson (George Watson's College - Scotland). Juvenile 4 MSR event was won by Alison Geal (North Lanarkshire Schools - Scotland) and Juvenile 5 MSR event was won by Chelsea O'Neill (Police Scotland Fife - Scotland).

Full summaries for the tenor events are available by clicking here.

Ian Embelton
Chief Executive

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015
FORMAT UNCHANGED

11th October 2014

The Board of Directors have completed their review of 2014 and it has been agreed that the 2015 World Pipe Band Championships will be in the same format as 2014 ie. Grade 1 qualifiers on Friday 14th August and all other grades and finals on Saturday 15th August.

Ian Embelton
Chief Executive

STRUCTURED LEARNING BOOKS
NOW FREELY AVAILABLE

28th August 2014

The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association is pleased to inform members that our world famous Structured Learning Books will be available free of charge on the RSPBA website. There are links below or you can find links in the Forms menu above.

These books have been the foundation of the RSPBA education programme for many, many years and are used by individuals and organisations all over the world as the basis for piping and drumming.

There are three Structured Learning Books which previously supported and encouraged learners to go forward to sit examinations leading to The Elementary Certificate, The Intermediate Certificate and The Advanced Certificate. Although these exams are no longer in existence, the curriculum within these books forms the basis of the current syllabus for the SQA Units in Piping and Drumming offered by the Piping and Drumming Qualifications Board.

Pipers and drummers at all levels are encouraged to take advantage of this renowned resource to further their educational and playing aspirations.

Links to books:

Ian Embelton
Chief Executive

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014
FIELD MARSHAL FOUR IN A ROW

16th August 2014

The 2014 championship season came to a close with the 68th World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow. After two days of competition and four performances, sixteen adjudicators crowned Field Marshal Montgomery from Northern Ireland Grade 1 World Champions for the fourth consecutive season.

Split over two days for the second consecutive season, 2014 saw the trial of a Friday and Saturday event. This year the Grade 1 bands had Friday to themselves with the heats split over two arenas playing MSR and Medley. Almost 7000 people came through the gates to see the Grade 1 qualifiers and enjoyed the sunshine, free seating in the stands and for the first time ever a fully licensed venue. A Global web stream of the main arena was also in place for the qualifier and attracted over 30,000 visits throughout the day.

Saturday brought over 30,000 people through the gates to see 198 other bands join the 12 Grade 1 finalists from Friday and 73 drum majors compete across the grade to be crowned World Champions. Continual rain throughout the day made conditions difficult at times with a few heavy showers.

As this was the final championship of the season the Champion of Champion titles were also announced stretching our finale to just after 8pm.

Thanks to RSPBA Photographer Peter Hazzard we have produced the following galleries.

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Our Twitter feed added another 500 followers since the Scottish Championships. Keeping everyone up to date with so many qualification results and announcements. Answering questions was difficult at times but twitter continues to be a great way of getting the results of every drum major; best drum corps and band results as they are read out.

The Drum Major events were won by Jason Paguio from Simon Fraser University (Canada) in the Adult grade, Lauren Abraham from Raffrey (Northern Ireland) in the Juvenile grade and Zoe McDowell from Aughintober (Northern Ireland) in the Junior grade. Special congratulations to Zoe on a 2014 Grand Slam of RSPBA titles and of course the Champion of Champions title. Juvenile Champion of Champions went to Emma Barr from Police Service of Northern Ireland and Adult Champion of Champions went to Paula Braiden from Cullybackey.

DM Paula Braiden

Pipe Major Richard Parkes MBE led his Lisburn based Field Marshal Montgomery to their fourth successive and tenth overall World title since 1992. Leading Drummer Jim Kilpatrick MBE led his Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia corps to their 28th World Drumming title.


Field Marshal Montgomery - World Champions

Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia - World Champions

Inveraray and District took the runners-up spot finishing 5 points behind Field Marshal Montgomery but taking victory in the MSR event. St Laurence O'Toole (Eire), Peoples Ford - Boghall and Bathgate Caledonia, Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia and Scottish Power completed the Grade 1 prize list.

The other World Champions on the day were:

Grade 2 Band - Brieg (France)
Grade 2 Drumming - Buchan Peterson

Grade 3A Band - Johnstone
Grade 3A Drumming - Johnstone

Grade 3B Band - Thiepval Memorial (Eire)
Grade 3B Drumming - Royal Burgh of Annan

Grade Juvenile Band - Dollar Academy
Grade Juvenile Drumming - George Watson's College

Grade 4A Band - 2622 (Highland) Squadron R.A.F
Grade 4A Drumming - 2622 (Highland) Squadron R.A.F

Grade 4B Band - Burntisland and District
Grade 4B Drumming - Burntisland and District

Grade Novice Band - George Watson's College
Grade Novice Drumming - George Heriot's School

2014 Champion of Champions

Junior Drum Major - Zoe McDowell - Aughintober

Juvenile Drum Major - Emma Barr - PSNI

Adult Drum Major - Paula Braiden - Cullybackey

Grade Novice Drumming - George Watson's College

Grade Novice Band - West Lothian Schools

Grade 4B Drumming - Burntisland and District

Grade 4B Band - Burntisland and District

Grade 4A Drumming - 2622 (Highland) Squadron R.A.F

Grade 4A Band - 2622 (Highland) Squadron R.A.F

Grade Juvenile Drumming - George Watson's College

Grade Juvenile Drumming - Dollar Academy

Grade 3B Drumming - Royal Burgh of Annan

Grade 3B Band - Thiepval Memorial - Eire

Grade 3A Drumming - Royal Burgh of Stirling

Grade 3A Band - Johnstone

Grade 2 Drumming - Buchan Peterson

Grade 2 Band - Bleary and District

Grade 1 Drumming - St Laurence O'Toole - Eire

Grade 1 Band - Field Marshal Montgomery

Complete summaries of the event can be found by clicking here for bands or clicking here for drum majors.

Ian Embelton
Chief Executive

SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014
FIELD MARSHAL BACK ON TOP

26th July 2014

The 2014 championship season continued with the Scottish Championships at Levengrove Park, Dumbarton.

An estimated 20,000 spectators came along to witness 111 band performances and 45 drum major performances. Whilst the fine recent weather continued for most of the day we had torrential heavy rain around 3pm a decision was taken to host the trophy presentation inside the hospitality tent.

Thanks to RSPBA Photographer Peter Hazzard we will have a another huge gallery of pictures below.

Click here for the gallery of prize winners.

Click here for the gallery throughout the day.

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Our Twitter feed reached 4,000 followers and has now become an excellent and expected way of getting the results of every drum major; best drum corps and band results as they are read them out.

The Drum Major events were won by Paula Braiden from Cullybackey in the Adult grade, Emma Barr from Police Service of Northern Ireland in the Juvenile grade and Zoe McDowell from Aughintober in the Junior grade. The three champion drum majors today have now amassed 9 titles between them in 2014.

DM Paula Braiden

The Grade 1 title went to Field Marshal Montgomery from Northern Ireland. This was the sixth successive Scottish title for the band from Lisburn. The Grade 1 drumming title went to Peoples Ford - Boghall and Bathgate Caledonia from Scotland under Leading Drummer Gordon Brown.


Field Marshal Montgomery - Scottish Champions

Boghall and Bathgate Caledonia - Scottish Champions

Scottish Power once again took the runners-up spot on ensemble preference finishing 4 points behind Field Marshal Montgomery. Peoples Ford - Boghall and Bathgate Caledonia, Inveraray and District, St Laurence O'Toole (Eire) and Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia completed the Grade 1 prize list.

The other Scottish Champions on the day were:

Grade 2 Band - Bleary and District
Grade 2 Drumming - Buchan Peterson

Grade 3A Band - Johnstone
Grade 3A Drumming - Johnstone

Grade 3B Band - Thiepval Memorial - Eire
Grade 3B Drumming - Thiepval Memorial - Eire

Grade Juvenile Band - Dollar Academy
Grade Juvenile Drumming - George Watson's College

Grade 4A Band - 2622 (Highland) Squadron R.A.F
Grade 4A Drumming - Raphoe - Eire

Grade 4B Band - Whitewater
Grade 4B Drumming - Burntisland and District

Grade Novice Band - George Heriot's School
Grade Novice Drumming - George Heriot's School

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Ian Embelton
Chief Executive

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RSPBA ANNOUNCES
2015 BIG BANG SUMMER SCHOOL

26th April 2015

For the attention of pipers and drummers aged between 10 and 25 years, who aspire to play at the highest level - a fantastic opportunity to improve your piping and drumming, to increase your enjoyment in producing music and to meet new people involved in the Pipe Band World. This year, the RSPBA Summer School will be held Glasgow Gaelic School, Berkeley Street, Glasgow and promises to be a busy event. The Summer School will cost £160.00 for and will be held over four days with a focus on teaching you the important musical knowledge and skills you require to play at the next levels.

You can register your interest for 2015 immediately by completing an online registration form

2015 Summer School

The syllabus will be based on the RSPBA's own Structured Learning Programme and the teaching team has a range of people from the top end of Pipe Band performance.

The Piping tuition team has:

  • Glen Brown - Pipe Sergeant with Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia
  • Dan Nevans - A fellow Piper with Glen in Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia
  • Keith Bowes - Pipe Major of Johnstone Pipe Band
  • Keith Bowes Senior - A piper with over forty years of experience in teaching and in leading Pipe Bands
  • John Nevans - The Summer School Principal, a former Pipe Major and now an adjudicator with the association

The Drumming tuition team has:

  • Allan Craig - leading drummer with Lomond and Clyde with a number of major successes under his belt
  • Danny Hughes - a drummer with Allan in his corps, Danny has experience as a teacher and player in many different settings
  • Louise Agoutis - Louise will lead the Tenor and Bass section for this year's school. Louise is a member of the championship winning Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia drum corps.

Some of our guests this year include:

  • Donald MacPhee - a Gold medal winning Worlds Champion in Piping
  • Blair Brown - A drummer who holds the world's championship title for his part in Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia's famous drum corps and also has had regular success in the World's Solo Drumming Championships.
  • Craig Munro - The Managing Director for Wallace Bagpipes, a solo and band performer and a Red Hot Chilli Piper

And perhaps one or two surprises yet to come.

The Summer School will visit Johnstone Pipe Band - recently promoted to Grade Two and working hard to do well and reach the next level.

The main focus of the Summer School is on you playing your pipes or drum and producing great music.

We will cover:

  • Instrument maintenance
  • Tuning
  • Solo performances
  • Band performances
  • How to read and write music
  • What Piobaireachd (Pibroch) is
  • How to approach Piobaireachd (Pibroch)

Last year's summer school was a great success. You can help us make this year's even better.

You can register your interest for 2015 immediately by completing an online registration form

Pat Whelan
Education Officer

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