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Annual General Meeting

11th March 2017

Trades Hall of Glasgow
Glasgow


Proposed Rule Changes

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January 2017
Edition Out Now

Jan 2017 Magazine Cover - Jim Kilpatrick MBE

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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

2017 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
PROPOSED RULE CHANGES

26th February 2017

The 2017 Annual General Meeting will take place on 11th March 2017 starting at 10:00 in the Trade Halls of Glasgow.

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PIPERS TRAIL 2017
PLAY AT THE TATTOO

26th February 2017

Following another year's stunning success for the Pipers Trail at The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, I am now writing on behalf of the Producer (Brigadier David Allfrey MBE) to invite applications for our 2017 show: Splash of Tartan.

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RSPBA AND IPBA
LEARNING INITIATIVE

20th February 2017

The RSPBA has been working with the Leinster Branch of the Irish Pipe Band Association to support and develop an educational programme for pipers and drummers

»Read full article


LIVE BACK IN IRELAND
FEBRUARY CONCERT DETAILS

12th February 2017

30 years ago, the soon-to-be World Champion Pipe Band, Toronto-based, 78th Fraser Highlanders performed and recorded the now-legendary "Live in Ireland" concert. An all-star cast of guest players along with many of the original performers are once again coming together, for the final time, to celebrate the music of that extraordinary mid-August evening in Ballymena, Northern Ireland.

»Read full article


SHOTTS TO HEADLINE
2017 PRE-WORLDS CONCERT

09th February 2017

The Glasgow Skye Association Pipe Band is delighted to announce that Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band will headline the 2017 'Pre-Worlds' concert at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Wednesday, 9 August 2017. Shotts and Dykehead will present 'Rise', a programme of music that will showcase selections from both their competitive and performance repertoires.

»Read full article


PLAYING REQUIRMENTS
FOR 2017 CHAMPIONSHIPS

08th February 2017

The RSPBA playing requirments for all grades at the 2017 RSPBA major Championships.

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SUMMER SCHOOL
2017 INFORMATION

04th February 2017

The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Summer School 2017 will be held in Glasgow Gaelic School from Monday 31st July until to Friday 4th August.

»Read full article


ADJUDICATOR ALLOCATION
FOR 2017 CHAMPIONSHIPS

04th February 2017

The RSPBA Allocation Group has selected the adjudication teams for the 2017 RSPBA major Championships.

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ASSOCIATIONS WORK
FOR BLACKWOOD DATABASE

31st January 2017

The RSPBA is working with international pipe band associations across the globe to develop a database of requirements and processes for players travelling with bagpipes containing African Blackwood.

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2017 REGRADINGS
JANUARY UPDATE

22nd January 2017

The Music Board met on Sunday 22nd January and approved more grading changes for the 2017 season.

»Read full article


2017 REGRADINGS
NOVEMBER UPDATE

19th November 2016

The Music Board met on Saturday 19th November and approved more grading changes for the 2017 season.

»Read full article


GRAHAM JOHNSTON & WILLIE FERGUSON
MEMORIAL RESULTS

07th November 2016

The Graeme Johnston Memorial and Willie Ferguson Memorial events were held on Sat 12th November

»Read full article


ADJUDICATOR PANEL
AGM

07th November 2016

The Adjudicator Panel Annual General Meeting was held on Sunday 6th November 2016

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WORLD SOLO DRUMMING CHAMPION
ADULT FINAL YOUTUBE

01st November 2016

Further to the World Solo Drumming live stream by Glasgow Life, their digital team have edited the live stream feeds and uploaded it to their YouTube channel.

»Read full article


2017 WSD QUALIFIER
DPA BRANCH

24th October 2016

The RSPBA - Dundee, Perth and Angus Branch are pleased to announce that they will again be hosting an Adult MSR qualifying competition for the 2017 World Solo Drumming Championships.

»Read full article


WORLD SOLO DRUMMING CHAMPION
STEVEN MCWHIRTER TAKES SEVENTH TITLE

22nd October 2016

The final RSPBA events of 2016 took place on Saturday 22nd October at the Glasgow Caledonian University.

»Read full article


WORLD SOLO DRUMMING
LIVE STREAMING ADULT FINAL

19th October 2016

We are pleased to announce that the Adult Final of the World Solo Drumming will be streamed live by Glasgow Life

»Read full article


2017 REGRADINGS
SEPTEMBER MUSIC BOARD MTG

17th September 2016

The Music Board met on Saturday 17th September and approved the following grading changes for the 2017 season.

»Read full article


2017 BAND FEES
PAYMENTS NOW DUE

5th September 2016

Band fees for the 2017 season are now due for payment.

UK and Non UK Bands can complete the relevant paper forms and submit UK STERLING cheque payments or make the payment online.

Payments are due by 30th November 2016.

»Read full article


2017 CHAMPIONSHIPS
DATES CONFIRMED

3rd September 2016

The 2017 Pipe Band Championships dates have now been confirmed.

»Read full article


WORLD SOLO DRUMMING AND INTL SOLO JUV TENOR
ENTRIES OPEN AND ADULT FINAL TICKETS

1st September 2016

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 22nd October at the Glasgow Caledonia University.

Entries close on Friday 1st October 2016

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POST WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016
STREAM REPLAYS AND TV COVERAGE

15th August 2016

The wonderful World Pipe Band Championship coverage by the BBC is now available to watch again.

»Read full article


WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016
FIELD MARSHAL MONTOMGERY - CHAMPIONS

13th August 2016

2016 was the 30th anniversary of the event in Glasgow.

Over 35,000 people turned out to watch 230 bands bands from Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, France, Canada, England, USA, New Zealand, Australia, Denmark, Switzerland, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Belgium, the Netherlands and Scotland who brought around 8,000 pipers and drummers compete for the title of World Champion in their respective grade.

»Read full article


WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016
GRADE 1 STREAM DETAILS

10th August 2016

The 2016 World Pipe Band Championships will be streamed live on both Friday and Saturday.

»Read full article


SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016
INVERARAY AND DISTRICT - CHAMPIONS

30th July 2016

The 2016 championship season continued at Levengrove Park, Dumbarton where over 25,000 spectators flocked to witness the Scottish Championships.

»Read full article


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.

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2016 Season now complete

 

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