The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association
45 Washington Street, Glasgow, G3 8AZ | Telephone +44(0)141 221 5414 | Fax +44(0)141 221 1561

 

 

 

 

Next Event

Scottish Championships

28th July 2018

Levengrove Park
Dumbarton


2018 Adjudicators


2018 Information

Calendar

Playing Requirements

All Grading Changes

Annual Fees UK Bands

Annual Fees Non UK Bands

Prescribed Tunes

Pay Annual Fees Online

Championship Adjudicators

Contest Information & Bus Forms

Online Entries


Latest Magazine

April 2018
Edition Out Now

Apr 2018 Magazine Cover -  John Hughes

For more information and free digital back editions click here

 

Novice Juvenile Pipe Band Fund

A new fund to assist RSPBA Novice Juvenile and Juvenile Pipe Bands has been launched.

The National Juvenile Pipe Band Fund will be administered by the RSPBA. It follows a detailed proposal put to the Association's Board of Directors by Robert Wallace, the Editor of Pipe Band Magazine, and has been generously supported in the first instance by Mr James Cameron Stuart, a former piper with the Vale of Atholl and Kilsyth Pipe Bands.

A substantial cheque from Mr Stuart for the NJPBF has been lodged with the RSPBA's bank and will be audited separately from the Association's mainstream funding.

Applications for financial assistance will be open from October 1. An application form is available by clicking here. Applications will be considered in the first instance by a committee led by Mr Kenny Crothers, RSPBA Finance Convenor.

Chairman Gordon Hamill said: 'The Board of Directors unanimously approved the proposal from Mr Wallace and we are extremely grateful to Mr Stuart for his very substantial donation which helps the fund get off to a good start.

'We anticipate the fund will be used to help our registered Novice and Juvenile bands with the cost of buses to competitions and for the provision of learning materials and other overheads as appropriate.

'Each application will be assessed on its merits and will go to the NJPBF committee for initial scrutiny before final approval.'

Robert Wallace said: 'There seems to be a lot of money around for some sections of the piping and pipe band world, but there is scant provision for our competing juvenile bands. These bands are the future. They nurture and train the pipers and drummers who will sustain the piping and pipe band movement in the years ahead.

Many of these bands have financial difficulties and have to think carefully before travelling to some of the major championships. There is a lot of pressure on parents to provide the resources from family budgets and this is not always possible.

'As someone who came up through the RSPBA system and was lucky enough to benefit from training in a juvenile band, I know the good work that is done by many dozens of teachers within the association, often for no recompense at all other than the satisfaction of seeing their young learners improve. I hope this fund will help, even in a small way, with the cost of that teaching and assist these bands with their travel costs. We would welcome any support, financial or otherwise, and fundraising ideas from bands or individuals.'

James Cameron Stuart said: 'When the proposal was put to me I had no hesitation in supporting it. 'I played in pipe bands for many years after coming to piping late in life. I have derived untold pleasure from the experience and want as many young folk as possible to share in that experience.'

If anyone, or any band, would like to contribute to the fund they can do so via the donation button below. All transactions are secured via Paypal®

The above picture shows, (l. to r.), RSPBA Chief Executive Ian Embelton, James Cameron Stuart, Chairman Gordon Hamill and Robert Wallace at the cheque handover.

Ian Embelton
Chief Executive

Latest News

World Championships - Grade 1 Draw

World Championships 2018 - Qualification and Final requirements in Grades 1, 2, 3A and 3B

European Champions 2018 - Inveraray and District

European Championships Grade 2 Final now on YouTube

European Championships Grade Juvenile Final now on YouTube


View All News

Latest Band
Summaries
Annan

European Championships

Helensburgh

Edinburgh

Lochore


View All Band Summaries

Latest Drum Major
Summaries
Annan

European Championships

Lochore

Aberdeen

United Championships


View All DM Summaries

Upcoming Contest Draws
Burntisland

Scottish Championships

World Championships

World Championships

 

© The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association 2003-2018.
Permission must be sought prior to reproduction of any information on this site.