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Latest Magazine

April 2018
Edition Out Now

Apr 2018 Magazine Cover -  John Hughes

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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

2018 WORLD SOLO DRUMMING
INTERNATIONAL JUVENILE TENOR

03rd September 2018

Online Entries are now available for the Andante Sponsored World Solo Drumming and International Juvenile Solo Tenor events.

Both events will be held on 20th October 2018 at the Glasgow Caledonia University.

Entries close on Friday 28th September 2018

»Read full article


2018 WORLD CHAMPIONS
FIELD MARSHAL MONTGOMERY

19th August 2018

2018 saw 214 pipe bands from New Zealand, Australia, Denmark, France, Canada, Oman, Switzerland, Zimbabwe, Eire, USA, England, Northern Ireland and Scotland take part. Over 30,000 people turned out to watch over 8,000 pipers and drummers compete for the title of World Champion in their respective grade where up to 40% of the competitors this year were under the age of 25.

»Read full article


2018 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
GRADE 2 FINAL (MEDLEY) YOUTUBE

18th August 2018

We recorded the Grade 2 Final (Medley) event at the 2018 World Championships event on 18th August. These are all now available via our Youtube Channel on a dedicated playlist available by clicking here - RSPBA YouTube.

This playlist is in playing order on the day.

»Read full article


2018 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
GRADE 1 HEAT 2 MEDLEY YOUTUBE

18th August 2018

We recorded the Friday Grade 1 Heat 1 MSR event at the 2018 World Championships event on 17th August. These are all now available via our Youtube Channel on a dedicated playlist available by clicking here - RSPBA YouTube.

This playlist is in playing order on the day.

»Read full article


2018 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
GRADE 1 HEAT 1 MSR YOUTUBE

18th August 2018

We recorded the Friday Grade 1 Heat 1 MSR event at the 2018 World Championships event on 17th August. These are all now available via our Youtube Channel on a dedicated playlist available by clicking here - RSPBA YouTube.

This playlist is in playing order on the day.

»Read full article


2018 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
FRI & SAT LIVE STREAM SCHEDULE

15th August 2018

The 2018 World Pipe Band Championships will be streamed live on both Friday and Saturday and the details are as follows:.

»Read full article


2019 CHAMPIONSHIPS
DATES & LOCATIONS

15th August 2018

The dates and locations for the 2019 Pipe Band Championships are now available.

  • British Championships - May 18th at Paisley
  • United Kingdom Championships - June 15th at Lurgan
  • European Championships - June 29th at Inverness
  • Scottish Championships - July 27th at Dumbarton
  • World Championships - August 16th/17th at Glasgow

»Read full article


ADJUDICATOR RETIREMENT
PM DIXIE INGRAM

07th August 2018

Here we have a name that has always been closely associated with the Scots Guards Regiments. Linden, or as most people know him Dixie served in both the 1st & 2nd Battalions Scots Guards in a career spanning 40 years.

»Read full article


2018 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
ADULT DRUM MAJORS FORMAT

03rd August 2018

Following consideration by the Music Board, the format for the Adult Drum Major Final will return to the status quo with 8 drum majors qualifying for the final from the Adult Heats.

»Read full article


2018 SCOTTISH CHAMPIONS
ST LAURENCE O'TOOLE

30th July 2018

The 2018 championship season continued at Levengrove Park, Dumbarton where crowds enjoyed the Scottish Championships despite weather which was at times extremely challenging for both players and spectators.

»Read full article


2018 SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIPS
GRADE 4A FINAL YOUTUBE

30th July 2018

We recorded the Grade 4A Final event at the 2018 Scottish Championships event on 29th July. These are all now available via our Youtube Channel on a dedicated playlist available by clicking here - RSPBA YouTube or you can use the player below.

This playlist is in playing order on the day.

»Read full article


2018 SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIPS
GRADE 3B FINAL YOUTUBE

29th July 2018

We recorded the Grade 3B Final event at the 2018 Scottish Championships event on 29th July. These are all now available via our Youtube Channel on a dedicated playlist available by clicking here - RSPBA YouTube or you can use the player below.

This playlist is in playing order on the day.

»Read full article


2018 SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIPS
GRADE 2 FINAL YOUTUBE

29th July 2018

We recorded the Grade 2 Final event at the 2018 Scottish Championships event on 29th July. These are all now available via our Youtube Channel on a dedicated playlist available by clicking here - RSPBA YouTube or you can use the player below.

This playlist is in playing order on the day.

»Read full article


WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
BAND PLACEMENT

18 July 2018

Bands have asked for clarity on the process used to place the bands in the qualifying heats of the Worlds. The background to this process comes from a recommendation from the Music Board to the Board of Directors in 2012, and a precis of the relevant paragraph has been reproduced below.

»Read full article


WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
GRADE 1 DRAW

18 July 2018

It has been identified that there was an error in the initial band placements used in the grade 1 draw on Wednesday 11th July 2018.

»Read full article


WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018 - QUALIFICATION AND FINAL
GRADES 1, 2, 3A and 3B

11 July 2018

The 2018 World Pipe Band Championships will require bands in Grade 1, 2, 3A and 3B to qualify and play in the final using their full competitive repertoire.

»Read full article


2018 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS
INVERARAY AND DISTRICT

01st July 2018

The 2018 major championships continued with the European Championships at Forres, Morray. This was the final year at Forres after 6 wonderful years, record crowds flocked to the event held in glorious sunshine. A new deal has been signed to keep the competition in the North of Scotland at Inverness from 2019.

»Read full article


2018 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS
GRADE 2 FINAL YOUTUBE

30th June 2018

We recorded the Grade 2 Final event at the 2018 European Championships event on 30th June. These are all now available via our Youtube Channel on a dedicated playlist available by clicking here - RSPBA YouTube or you can use the player below.

This playlist is in playing order on the day.

»Read full article


2018 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS
GRADE JUVENILE FINAL YOUTUBE

30th June 2018

We recorded the Grade Juvenile Final event at the 2018 European Championships event on 30th June. These are all now available via our Youtube Channel on a dedicated playlist available by clicking here - RSPBA YouTube or you can use the player below.

This playlist is in playing order on the day.

»Read full article


2018 UK CHAMPIONS
ST LAURENCE O'TOOLE

17th June 2018

The 2018 major championships continued with the United Kingdom championships at Stormont, Belfast. This was the final year at Stormont but a new deal has been signed to keep the competition in Northern Ireland at Lurgan Park from 2019.

In the premier Grade 1 event, St Laurence O'Toole won both band and drumming titles under the Leadership of Pipe Major Alen Tully and Leading Drummer Stephen Creighton.

»Read full article


2018 UK CHAMPIONSHIPS
GRADE 2 FINAL YOUTUBE

17th June 2018

We recorded the Grade 2 Final event at the 2018 UK Championships event on 16th June. These are all now available via our Youtube Channel on a dedicated playlist available by clicking here - RSPBA YouTube or you can use the player below.

This playlist is in playing order on the day.

»Read full article


2018 UK CHAMPIONSHIPS
GRADE 3B FINAL YOUTUBE

17th June 2018

We recorded the Grade 3B Final event at the 2018 UK Championships event on 16th June. These are all now available via our Youtube Channel on a dedicated playlist available by clicking here - RSPBA YouTube or you can use the player below.

This playlist is in playing order on the day.

»Read full article


GENERAL DATA
PROTECTION REGULATION

28th May 2018

On 25th May 2018, a new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect. It regulates how organisations can collect, keep and use information about you.

»Read full article


2018 GRADE 4A & 4B SURVEY
FOR ALL GRADE 4 PIPE MAJORS

28th May 2018

The Music Board are seeking views from Grade 4 Bands (both A and B) on the current competition playing criteria for your grade.

»Read full article


2018 BRITISH CHAMPIONS
SCOTTISH POWER

20th May 2018

The 2018 championship season opened with the British Pipe Band Championships in Paisley.

In the premier Grade 1 event, Scottish Power won their first championship title under the Leadership of Pipe Major Chris Armstrong and Leading Drummer Jake Jorgensen. The band won on an Ensemble Preference from Inveraray and District.

»Read full article


DEDICATED ADULT SUMMER SCHOOL
NEW FOR 2018

17th April 2018

The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Summer School 2018 will be held in Glasgow Gaelic School from Monday 30th July until Friday 3rd August.

We have a new element in the programme for this year. We are looking to attract adult pipers and snare drummers who, if competing, would be at Grade 3 or 4 competition level.

»Read full article


PIPE BAND COLLEGE
MOTION PASSED

19th March 2018

At the 87th Annual General Meeting of The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association on the 10th March 2018, the membership passed a motion (OR2-2018) to enable the Board of Directors (BoD) to establish the "Pipe Band College"

»Read full article


ARTICLES OF ASSOCIATION
AND RULES UPDATED

19th March 2018

The Standing Orders and Steering Committee (SOSC) have updated the Articles of Association along with the Standing Orders and Rules with the changes passed at the 87th Annual General Meeting of The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association on the 10th March 2018.

»Read full article


PROTECTION OF VULNERABLE
GROUPS DOCUMENTS PUBLISHED

18th March 2018

The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association acknowledges the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and adults at risk.

»Read full article


2018 ONLINE ENTRIES
NOW OPEN

09th March 2018

Online entries are now open for the 2018 championship season.

Entries for bands and drum majors will only be available online. We introduced this facility 3 years ago and in 2017 almost all entries were made online so we have now decided to remove the paper entry forms.

»Read full article | »Online Entries


2018 SUMMER SCHOOL
REGISTRATIONS OPEN

20th February 2018

The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Summer School 2018 will be held in Glasgow Gaelic School from Monday 30th July until Friday 3rd August.

»Read full article | »Register Online


2018 AGM
ORDER PAPER

20th February 2018

The AGM takes place on Sat 10th March 2018 and the order paper is now available including proposals to shorten the higher to lower transfer time and for Grade 4 Leading Drummers to be dual registered.

»Read full article


2018 ADJUDICATORS
NOW SELECTED

07th February 2018

The RSPBA Allocation Group has selected the adjudication teams for the 2018 RSPBA major Championships.

Click here for the complete 2018 listings.

»Read full article


2018 WORLD SOLO DRUMMING
FORMAT CHANGES ANNOUNCED

07th February 2018

Following the Board of Directors meeting on 3rd February 2018 the following changes to competition format for the Adult World Solo Drumming Championships from October 2018 have been approved.

»Read full article


2018 REGRADINGS
MUSIC BOARD DECISION

20th January 2018

The Music Board met on Saturday 20th January and approved the third changes for the 2018 season.

»Read full article


2018 CHAMPIONSHIPS
PLAYING REQUIREMENTS

21st December 2017

The playing requirements for all band grades at the 2018 Major Champiomships are now available.

»Read full article


2017 WORLD SOLO DRUMMING
STEVEN MCWHIRTER TAKES 8TH CROWN

21st October 2017

The final RSPBA events of 2017 took place on Saturday 21st October at the Glasgow Caledonian University.

The annual Andante sponsored World Solo Drumming event as well as the International Solo Tenor competition drew large entries with 172 snare drummers and 44 tenor drummers travelling from all over the World.

»Read full article


2017 WORLD SOLO DRUMMING
JUVENILE SEC 5 VIDEOS

21st October 2017

We recorded the Juvenile Section 5 Final at the 2017 World Solo Drumming Championships event on 21st October. These are all now available via our Youtube Channel on a dedicated playlist available by clicking here - RSPBA YouTube or you can use the player below.

This playlist is in finishing order on the day.

»Read full article


WORLD SOLO DRUMMING
ADULT FINAL STREAM

17th October 2017

We are delighted to announce that once again Glasgow Life will be live streaming the World Solo Drumming Adult Final.

»Read full article


SPRINGBOARD
SUMMER SCHOOL REVIEW

23rd September 2017

The 2017 Summer School took place Monday 31st July through Friday 4th August at the Glasgow Gaelic School.

»Read full article


2018 REGRADINGS
MUSIC BOARD DECISION

23rd September 2017

The Music Board met on Saturday 23rd September and approved the first changes for the 2018 season.

»Read full article


2017 WORLD SOLO DRUMMING / JUV TENOR
ENTRY AND TICKETS

14th August 2017

Online Entries and Paper Entries are now available for the Andante Sponsored World Solo Drumming and International Juvenile Solo Tenor events.

Both events will be held on 21st October at the Glasgow Caledonia University.

»Read full article


2018 CHAMPIONSHIPS
DATES CONFIRMED

17th August 2017

The 2018 Pipe Band Championships will take place as follows:

  • British Championships - May 19th at Paisley
  • United Kingdom Championships - June 16th at Belfast
  • European Championships - June 30th at Forres
  • Scottish Championships - July 28th at Dumbarton
  • World Championships - August 17th/18th at Glasgow

»Read full article


2017 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
GRADE 2 FINAL YOUTUBE

14th August 2017

We recorded the Grade 2 Final event at the 2017 World Championships event on 12th August. These are all now available via our Youtube Channel on a dedicated playlist available by clicking here - RSPBA YouTube or you can use the player below.

This playlist is in finishing order on the day.

»Read full article


2017 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
GRADE 2 HEAT 1 YOUTUBE

13th August 2017

We recorded the Grade 2 Heat 1 event at the 2017 World Championships event on 12th August. These are all now available via our Youtube Channel on a dedicated playlist available by clicking here - RSPBA YouTube or you can use the player below.

The top six bands went on to qualify for the Grade 2 Worlds Final which we will also be releasing, those bands were:

  • City of Dunedin - U.S.A.
  • The Pipe Band Club - Australia
  • Lomond and Clyde
  • Manorcunningham - Eire
  • Mackenzie Caledonian
  • Balagan - Denmark

»Read full article


2017 WORLD CHAMPIONS
INVERARAY AND DISTRICT

13th August 2017

The 2017 championship season climaxed with the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow.

In the premier Grade 1 event, it took Friday and Saturday, two MSR performances, two Medley performances and sixteen adjudicators to crown Inveraray and District from Scotland the 2017 World Champions. The band received twelve first places, taking a clean sweep in the Friday Qualifier.

»Read full article


2017 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
GRADE 1 FINALISTS

11th August 2017

After 40 performances on Friday 11th August, here's the 12 Grade 1 bands and running order who will compete for the title on Saturday 12th August.

»Read full article


2017 WORLD CHAMPIOSNSHIPS
LIVESTREAM DETAILS

09th August 2017

The 2017 World Pipe Band Championships will be streamed live on both Friday and Saturday and the details are now available

»Read full article


2017 NORTH BERWICK
GRADE 3 YOUTUBE

08th August 2017

We recorded the Grade 3 event at the 2017 North Berwick event on 5th August. These are all now available via our Youtube Channel on a dedicated playlist available by clicking here - RSPBA YouTube.

»Read full article


2017 NORTH BERWICK
GRADE 4B YOUTUBE

06th August 2017

We recorded the Grade 4B event at the 2017 North Berwick event on 5th August. These are all now available via our Youtube Channel on a dedicated playlist available by clicking here - RSPBA YouTube.

»Read full article


2017 NORTH BERWICK
GRADE JUVENILE YOUTUBE

06th August 2017

We recorded all Grade Juvenile event at the 2017 North Berwick event on 5th August. These are all now available via our Youtube Channel on a dedicated playlist available by clicking here - RSPBA YouTube.

»Read full article


2017 NORTH BERWICK
GRADE 1 YOUTUBE

06th August 2017

We recorded the Grade 1 Medley event at the 2017 North Berwick event on 5th August. These are all now available via our Youtube Channel on a dedicated playlist available by clicking here - RSPBA YouTube.

Unfortunately torrential rain affected the final events with the Grade 1 Medley event being called off after the 5th band.

»Read full article


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