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World Solo Drumming

19 October 2019

Glasgow Caledonian University

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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

2020 REGRADINGS
FIRST CHANGES RATIFIED

21st September 2019

The Music Board met on Saturday 21st September 2019 and approved the first changes for the 2020 season.

Almost 30 bands upgraded for the 2020 season including 3 new bands into Grade 1.

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2019 WORLD SOLO DRUMMING
ENTRIES NOW AVAILABLE

04th September 2019

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

Both events will be held on 19th October 2019 at the Glasgow Caledonia University.

Entries close on Friday 27th September 2019

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2020 CHAMPIONSHIP DATES
NOW AVAILABLE

03rd September 2019

The 2020 Pipe Band Championships will take place as follows:

  • British Championships - 23rd May at Paisley
  • United Kingdom Championships - 13th June at Lurgan
  • European Championships - 27th June at Inverness
  • Scottish Championships - 25th July at Dumbarton
  • World Championships - 14th/15th August at Glasgow
Ian Embelton
Chief Executive

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2019 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
GRADE 2 (MSR) YOUTUBE

18th August 2019

We recorded the Grade 2 MSR event at the 2019 World Championships on 17th August. These are now available via our Youtube Channel on a dedicated playlist available by clicking here - RSPBA YouTube.

The title was won by St Thomas Alumni - USA, band number 1 on the playlist.

This playlist is in playing order on the day.

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2019 GRADE 1 WORLD CHAMPIONS
INVERARAY AND DISTRICT

18th August 2019

The 2019 championship season climaxed with the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow.

2019 saw 195 pipe bands bringing around 8000 pipers and drummers from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Austria, Switzerland, Eire, USA, Belgium, England, Spain, Malaysia, Northern Ireland and Scotland take part. Over 30,000 people attended over two days to watch the championships.

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 2019 World Champions. Pipe Major Stuart Liddell lifting the trophy for the second time in three years.

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2019 GRADE 1 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
LIVE STREAM DETAILS

14th August 2019

The 2019 World Pipe Band Championships Grade 1 event will be held over two days, each day comprising a Medley as well as a March, Strathspey and Reel set.

The 2019 World Champions will play four times in the main arena over two days in front of 16 Adjudicators and we are delighted to announce the live stream details for those who cannot attend in person.

  • The Friday event will see 30 performances starting at 10:30 and finishing at 16:40 and this coverage will be provided by Inner Ear on behalf of Glasgow Live. The running order for Friday can be found here.

  • The Saturday event will see another 30 performances starting at 10:45 and finishing at 16:35 then the live stream will continue with the marchpast and privegiving, this coverage will be provided by BBC Scotland. The running order for Saturday can be found here.

  • The live stream can be viewed from the Worlds Website by clicking here.

Tickets are still available for the event. For more information click here .

Ian Embelton
Chief Executive.

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2019 NORTH BERWICK
GRADE 1 & 2 (MSR) YOUTUBE

10th August 2019

We recorded the Grade 1 & 2 (MSR) event at the 2019 North Berwick Highland Games on 10th 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.

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2019 NORTH BERWICK
GRADE 1 (MEDLEY) YOUTUBE

10th August 2019

We recorded the Grade 1 (Medley) event at the 2019 North Berwick Highland Games on 10th 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.

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2019 SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIPS
GRADE 1 (MEDLEY) YOUTUBE

10th August 2019

On behalf of the RSPBA, Dronechorus recorded the Grade 1 Final (Medley) event at the 2019 Scottish Championships event on 27th July 2019. These are all now available via our Youtube Channel on a dedicated playlist available by clicking here - RSPBA YouTube.

This playlist is in finishing order on the day.

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2019 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
GRADE 1 BREAKING OF TIES

01st August 2019

We currently have a rule in place (4.68) which is the process for breaking ties in a contest where the final result is decided by the combined performance totals.

1st Preference - Ensemble combined overall totals

2nd Preference - Piping combined overall totals

3rd Preference - Drumming combined overall totals

4th Preference - Ensemble total in MSR contest

5th Preference - Ensemble total in Medley contest

After some work it was discovered that there was a mathematic possibility that even after the 5 preferences have been exhausted there could still be a tie. After discussions with the Chief Executive and the Chairman, the Music Board have agreed that the best way to deal with this unlikely scenario of a tie after the five preferences, is to apply the above preference criteria again based on the two performances on the Saturday only.

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2019 SCOTTISH CHAMPIONS
INVERARAY AND DISTRICT

29th July 2019

The 2019 championship season reached its penultimate event with the Scottish Pipe Band Championships at Levengrove Park, Dumbarton. 120 pipe bands and 28 drum majors from Eire, Northern Ireland and Scotland competed in very challenging conditions.

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2019 SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIPS
GRADE 2 (MSR) YOUTUBE

27th July 2019

We recorded the Grade 2 (MSR) event at the 2019 Scottish Championships event on 27th July. 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


2019 SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIPS
GRADE 3B (MEDLEY) YOUTUBE

27th July 2019

We recorded the Grade 3B (Medley) event at the 2019 Scottish Championships event on 27th July. 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.

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CONFIRMATION OF GRADE 1 FORMAT
2019 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

08th July 2019

Now that the entries for the Worlds has closed, we can confirm that there are 15 bands entered for the Grade 1 contest. As a result, the format proposed by the Music Board and supported by the Board of Directors is as follows:

  • All 15 bands will play own choice MSR and Medley on the Friday.
  • All 15 bands will play their alternate MSR and Medley on the Saturday.
  • All 4 performances will count towards the final result.
  • The adjudicators critique sheets for all 4 performances will be handed out after the prize giving on Saturday.
  • There will be a pre-draw for playing order for the Friday, and a separate pre-draw for the playing order for Saturday.

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2019 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS
GRADE 1 (MSR) YOUTUBE

08th July 2019

On behalf of the RSPBA, Dronechorus recorded the Grade 1 Final (MSR) event at the 2019 European Championships event on 15th June 2019. These are all now available via our Youtube Channel on a dedicated playlist available by clicking here - RSPBA YouTube.

This playlist is in finishing order on the day.

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REMINDER - WORLD CLOSING DATE
AND TROPHY RETURNS

01st July 2019

Just a reminder that the entries for the World Championships will close on Wednesday 03rd July 2019.

The draw for the World Championships will then take place within RSPBA HQ at 11.00am on Wednesday 10th July 2019 and be posted online and via our Twitter feed later in the day.

Please remember that during refurbishments we have been in temporary offices since May 2018, all draws as well as all trophy returns will be at the below address:-

The Pentagon Centre
Suite 122
36-38 Washington Street
Glasgow
G3 8AZ

As per rule 4.72 all trophies should be returned one month prior to the contest date to avoid fines.

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UNITED STATES ATTORNEY GENERAL
VISITS EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS

29th June 2019

The Association was honoured with the presence at the European Pipe Band Championships of the Honourable Mr William Barr the Attorney General of the United States of America. Mr Barr, who had been on official duties in London, flew north specially for the competition held last Saturday (June 29) in Inverness.

Mr Barr was welcomed by Mr Les Kidger of promoters LCC Live Events, RSPBA Chief Executive Ian Embelton and Chairman John Hughes and introduced to other officials and staff during a busy Saturday at Bught Park. The United States Attorney General is the senior law officer for the US Federal Government.

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2019 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS
INVERARAY AND DISTRICT

29th June 2019

The 2019 championship season continued with the European Pipe Band Championships at Inverness. This was the first of three years in a new deal with LCC Live Events, who were delighted with their estimated 20,000 visitors who came through the gates.

114 pipe bands and 35 drum majors from Australia, USA, Canada, Switzerland, England, Eire, Northern Ireland and Scotland competed in mixed conditions with a warm morning turning into heavy rain in the afternoon.

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2019 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS
GRADE 4A (MSR) YOUTUBE

29th June 2019

We recorded the Grade 4A (MSR) event at the 2019 European Championships event on 29th June. 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.

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2019 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS
GRADE 2 (MEDLEY) YOUTUBE

29th June 2019

We recorded the Grade 2 (Medley) event at the 2019 European Championships event on 29th June. 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


2019 UK CHAMPIONSHIPS
GRADE 1 (Medley) YOUTUBE

22nd May 2019

On behalf of the RSPBA, Dronechorus recorded the Grade 1 Final (Medley) event at the 2019 UK Championships event on 15th June 2019. These are all now available via our Youtube Channel on a dedicated playlist available by clicking here - RSPBA YouTube.

This playlist is in finishing order on the day.

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PIPE BAND COLLEGE
POSITIONS FILLED

19th June 2019

The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association is pleased to announce that the vacant posts of Principals of the Pipe Band College have been filled.

Candidates went through a rigorous interview process and the successful candidates are identified as:

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2019 UK CHAMPIONSHIPS
ST LAURENCE O'TOOLE

16th June 2019

The 2019 championship season continued with the United Kingdom Pipe Band Championships in Lurgan, Northern Ireland.

94 pipe bands and 37 drum majors from Denmark, USA, Canada, Netherlands, Eire, England, Northern Ireland and Scotland competed in cold and very wet conditions for the second championships title of the new season.

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REMINDER - SCOTTISH CLOSING DATE
AND TROPHY RETURNS

13th May 2019

Just a reminder that the entries for the Scottish Championships will close on Wednesday 12th June 2019.

The draw for the Scottish Championships will then take place within RSPBA HQ at 11.00am on Wednesday 19th June 2019 and be posted online and via our Twitter feed later in the day.

Please remember that during refurbishments we have been in temporary offices since May 2018, all draws as well as all trophy returns will be at the below address:-

The Pentagon Centre
Suite 122
36-38 Washington Street
Glasgow
G3 8AZ

As per rule 4.72 all trophies should be returned one month prior to the contest date to avoid fines.

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REMINDER - UK BUS PASSES
PLEASE APPLY FOR PASSES

23rd May 2019

A reminder to all bands traveling to the United Kingdom Championships at Lurgan on Saturday 15h June 2019 that your bus pass needs to be booked via the forms provided.

Please click here and submit your form as soon as possible.

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2019 BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIPS
ST LAURENCE O'TOOLE

22nd May 2019

The 2019 championship season started with the British Pipe Band Championships in Paisley.

118 pipe bands and 30 drum majors from Belgium, Denmark, USA, Eire, England, Northern Ireland and Scotland competed in front of large crowds despite the cold and damp conditions for the first championships title of the new season.

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2019 BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIPS
GRADE 1 (MSR) YOUTUBE

22nd May 2019

On behalf of the RSPBA Dronechorus recorded the Grade 1 Final (MSR) event at the 2019 British Championships event on 18th May. These are all now available via our Youtube Channel on a dedicated playlist available by clicking here - RSPBA YouTube.

This playlist is in finishing order on the day and some videos are still being uploaded, the playlist will be updated when these are available.

»Read full article


2019 BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIPS
GRADE 2 (MEDLEY) YOUTUBE

18th May 2019

We recorded the Grade 2 (Medley) event at the 2019 British Championships event on 18th May. 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


2019 BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIPS
GRADE JUVENILE (MEDLEY) YOUTUBE

18th May 2019

We recorded the Grade Juvenile (Medley) event at the 2019 British Championships event on 18th May. 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.

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